SOFTBANK :Softbank is a Japanese multinational holding company is known for its leadership and founded by Masayoshi Son and conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo .It now owns operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, internet, technology services, finance, media and marketing, semiconductor design, and other businesses.
One of the biggest telcos in the world,like a high-growth investment. The Japanese company — which also owns the majority of Sprint is expected to post 6% sales growth this year.Meanwhile, its earnings over 70% on tough competition in the domestic telco market, the weakness of Sprint, and higher investments in adjacent markets. Nevertheless, I recently started a position in Softbank for three simple reasons.
1. It’s one of the safest plays on Japan
After decades of economic stagnation and deflation after the market crash of 1992, the Japanese economy finally rebounded under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s introduction of negative interest rates, radical quantitative easing and domestic and overseas investments.As one of Japan’s largest telcos and its fourth largest publicly traded company, Softbank represents a conservative way to gain exposure to the Japanese market.
2. It’s much more than a telecom company
However, Softbank is much more than a telecom company. The real attraction is its $100 billion tech-focused Vision Fund, which is backed by $28 billion of Softbank’s own cash, about $60 billion from Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi’s wealth funds, and other big investors like Apple, Qualcomm, Foxconn, The Vision Fund has invested in a growing list of companies including chipmaker NVIDIA ,workplace design firm WeWork, Indian e-commerce giant FlipKart, provider OneWeb, self-driving AI maker Brain and satellite-based internet.
3. A visionary CEO
If Softbank is Berkshire Hathaway, than CEO Masayoshi Son is its equivalent of Warren Buffet. Son has stated that his goal is to “shake up the world” with his company’s investments in artificial intelligence, ARM’s power-efficient chips, satellite technologies, and other markets, which could drive the “information revolution” of the future. That type of long-term thinking is arguably rare among CEO’s, especially in the telecom industry.
There are following big startup international companies who invest in soft banks and work with the softbank group to raised their demands in people .
1. SNAPDEAL STOCK
Snapdeal is one of India’s biggest online shopping sites. It started as an online deals site but evolved into a wider marketplace, with thousands of sellers offering their wares to shoppers.
Founders: Kunal Bahl, Rohit Bansal
Size of SoftBank’s investment: $627 million (£478 million), participated in a later $500 million (£381 million) round
Total amount raised: $1.7 billion (£1.3 billion)
2.ARM HOLDINGS STOCK
ARM Holdings is a UK-based chip designer. Chips based on ARM’s designs power most smartphones around the world, including the iPhone.
Founder: Hermann Hauser, Jamie Urquhart, Mike Muller, Tudor Brown, Lee Smith, John Biggs, Harry Oldham, Dave Howard, Pete Harrod, Harry Meekings, Al Thomas, Andy Merritt, David Seal
Size of investment: SoftBank paid £24.3 billion for ARM
3. NVIDIA STOCK
Nvidia is a US chip maker with its headquarters in Santa Clara, California.
Founders: Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky, and Curtis Priem
Size of SoftBank’s investment: $4 billion (£3 billion)
4.BOSTON DYNAMICS STOCK
Boston Dynamics is a military robotics company. Google acquired the company in 2012, but sold it off to SoftBank in June. Boston Dynamics has made various terrifying-looking robots, including a wheeled robot that could jump and spin on demand.
Founder: Marc Raibert
Size of investment: SoftBank acquired Boston Dynamics for an undisclosed amount
Uber rival Grab is a taxi-hailing company that operates across South East Asia. It currently offers services in 65 cities across Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
Founders: Anthony Tan and Tan Hooi Ling
Size of the biggest funding round SoftBank took part in: $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion)
Total amount raised: $3.4 billion (£2.6 billion)
6. IROBOT STOCK
iRobot is best known for making Roomba robot vacuum cleaners, though the company wants to expand into selling the extensive map data it has on people’s houses.
Founders: Rodney Brooks, Colin Angle, and Helen Greiner
Softbank has invested: A less than 5% stake
Total amount raised: Public
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At SoftBank Investment Advisers, we believe the next stage of the Information Revolution is underway. Through the SoftBank Vision Fund, we are investing up to $100 billion in the businesses and technologies that will help make it possible. We offer the operational expertise, global network and patient capital required to help exceptional founders build market-leading companies.We are committed to building a world-class organization.
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SOFTBANK VISION FUND
At SoftBank Investment Advisers, we believe the next stage of the Information Revolution is underway. Through the SoftBank Vision Fund, we are investing up to $100 billion in the businesses and technologies that will help make it possible.
Softbank capital is a venture capital group in the United States,focusing on technology and telecom early stage businesses.It was founded by Softbank company in 2015 it does not actively make investments, but it continues to oversee its prior portfolio.