• Couchbase
  • Evernote
  • Ness
  • Fab
  • Wi Spry
  • Arteris
  • Verient
  • InvenSense
  • Cooliris
  • Sky Cross

Portfolio

  • Anfacto, LLC
  • Ness Computing, Inc.
  • Fab.com, Inc.
  • Cooliris, Inc.
  • HighlightCam, Inc.
  • Couchbase, Inc.
  • SkyCross, Inc.
  • TuneWiki, Ltd.
  • Swype, Inc.
  • Stoke, Inc.
  • Evernote Corporation
  • Tensilica, Inc.
  • Quantance, Inc.
  • Fortemedia, Inc.
  • Arteris, Inc.
  • InvenSense, Inc.
  • Verient, Inc.
  • WiSpry, Inc.
  • DAZ 3D
  • GestureTek, Inc.
  • Kyte
  • GCT Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Beceem Communications, Inc.
  • Nanosys, Inc.
  • Centrify, Inc.
  • Netpulse, Inc.
  • Coinbase, Inc.

About Us - Our Mission

Our Mission is to collaborate and support the most exciting and advanced leading edge technologies to provide solutions for NTT Docomo's strategy and vision.

About Us

Docomo Capital Inc. is committed to investing in and strategically backing start-up companies that have evolving and advancing cutting-edge new technologies to promote growth and ultimately introducing them into NTT Docomo'S future services and products.

Working closely with NTT Docomo'S business and R&D divisions, Docomo Capital is in charge of NTT Docomo'S venture investments in mobile related start-up companies mainly in the United States. Docomo Capital has committed capital at $100M from our single LP, NTT Docomo.


Our strategy begins with an initial investment to help grow and insure the success of your company and to build long-term relationships with Docomo Capital and NTT Docomo.

We are here to support and grow our portfolio companies through business assistance, technology advice, co-research or development, and introduction to the extensive and advanced Japanese mobile market. By leveraging our renowned brand, our significant market presence, and qualified technology and business partners in the Japanese mobile market to accelerate and strengthen your company.

We are focused on advanced mobile communication related technologies, from software applications to hardware, consumer-focused services to platforms.
Our investment activities focus on venture backed start-ups in the middle or later stages of their product development stages.
Our Current business and technology interests of Docomo Capital:

  • Mobile network technologies
  • Mobile Application services and devices
  • Internet of Things (loT)
  • Mobile to Mobile (M2M)
  • Security and safety
  • Environmentally-friendly technologies

NTT Docomo is the world's leading mobile communications company. NTT Docomo serves more than 5/million* subscribers, including 55 million* 3G subscribers. NTT Docomo'S services have become essential tool for our consumer's daily life by providing full end-to-end services for our consumers.

Powered by research, development and a"customer-first"philosophy, NTT Docomo is constantly reinventing the concept of mobile communications and pioneering cutting-edge, cost-effective services that make your life richer and more convenient.

NTT Docomo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges.
For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com
*As of January, 2011.





About Us - Our Team

Neil Sadaranganey

Managing Director

Neil leads the team responsible for all investments for Docomo Capital. Neil focuses on stage agnostic investments in mobile and e-commerce. Neil led the investments in Cenrify, Muzy, Fab, Nextbit and Anfacto. His current investments also include Couchbase.

Prior to Docomo, Neil spent 6 years building Bay Partners Software as a Service and digital media practices. As a General Partner he led the firms early investments in Eloqua which was acquired by Oracle after going public in 2012 and Cornerstone onDemand another IPO. Cornerstone (CSOD) is the leader and most valuable company in the talent management space and continues to grow revenue by at least 50% year of year as it has since the venture investment in 2007. Neil served on the board of Cornerstone onDemand, Like.com (acquired by Google), Eventful, LiveMedia and Hiplogic.

Before venture capital, Neil spent 10 years as a product executive in technology company of all sizes. Neil was part of the founding team of Afara Websystems which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. Afara's technology is the foundation of a multi-billion server product line at Oracle. Neil led product teams at Good Technology, RealNetworks and Sun Microsystems where he launched several new products. He began his career as a consultant with Accenture and IBM.

Neil has a BS in systems engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Stanford University.

Neil grew up in Toronto Canada where he shunned the CFL and became a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Byron Haigh

Principal

Byron has more than 20 years experience in the Telecommunications and startups space, with consulting experience in the biggest Telcos across the globe and entrepreneurial experience in leading European and US startups. His strength is coordinating startups with corporations in international environments. His focus is consumer Internet, ecommerce as well as converged communications. He brings a quantitative approach as well as qualitative strategic assessment to startups, which is based on his analytic and humanist educational background.

Byron sourced Docomo Capital’s investment in Muzy and 500 Startups.

Previously Byron was a founder and partner with Maroon Analytics, a strategic consultancy firm created by six University of Chicago MBAs, with HQ in Singapore, and offices in Barcelona and Chicago. His area of expertise has been the telecommunication industry, and specifically, it's content strategy. He has worked with Telefonica, Vodafone, and Orange in Europe, and Claro, Vivo, TIM, and Telcel in LATAM. Byron has assisted Telefonica in the development of their corporate venture arm in Silicon Valley. He also sourced some of their first investments and completed the due diligence of Quantenna, Kyte, and Eventful. Byron has also helped other International Telcos expand their business development activities in Silicon Valley. He established partnerships with the following startups: Hiplogic (mobile storefront), Telenav (LBS), Twilio (voice API and VOIP), Zong (mobile payments), Playerx (games), Groovemobile(music).

Previously, Byron has had 10 years experience working as European sales manager in several internet startups, including Iconmedialab, Aspiro, Airborne Entertainment and Jadestone. Byron offers 20 years of experience focusing on consumer internet and mobile innovation in three continents: Americas, Europe, and East Asia. Byron holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MA from Columbia University in New York, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York

Christina Ku

Director, Business Development

Christina Ku is a venture capital professional investing in consumer internet, mobile, big data and cloud startups. She has evaluated, researched and assessed the viability of thousands of consumer internet businesses and new ventures for Intel, Vodafone and institutional capital firms. At her roles in investment research, corporate development and investment analysis, she has tracked public internet and mobile companies which provide her with a well-rounded perspective on emerging technologies (US, Europe), new markets, business models and financial diligence.

She started her career as an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist, invested in emerging mobile companies such as Mobileway (sold to Sybase for $400 million) for Intel Capital and created new market development for Intel's Consumer Electronics Group. At Triplepoint Capital, she led the debt financing for 50 companies, primarily in the social networking space such as Facebook and Slide (sold to Google for $182 million). She also started one of the first online beauty social ecommerce startup at the Shimmer Group Inc.

Currently, she helps US startups enter the Japanese market through Business Development at Docomo Innovations and invests for Docomo Capital. Her most recent investment is in Netpulse.

Christina received her MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Chicago Booth and BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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