With nearly half a billion dollars invested in Japanese startups last year, 2014 was a banner year for the country’s burgeoning entrepreneurs.
Following big funding for some of Japan's online flea market services, ecommerce giant Rakuten enters the fold with a (mostly) commission-free service.
Far greater companies have tried and failed.
Fablic joins Mercari as flea market services raising hefty rounds.
There are many more options than just Rakuten and Yahoo.
Tokyo-based mobile C2C shopping app, Mercari, has raised $14 million from Global Brain, Globis Capital Partners, Itochu Technology Ventures, GMO Venture Partners, and other undisclosed investors.
With millions of dollars in the bank, most people would already be satisfied with life. But serial entrepreneur Shintaro Yamada wanted more than just financial freedom.