ChatWork Secures $12.5M to Fuel Greater Global Expansion

January 19, 2016


Already in 204 Countries and Regions, ChatWork Helps Teams Succeed in the New Global Economy 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jan 19, 2016) – ChatWork, Asia’s leading business chat platform, today announced that it secured $12.5M in Series B funding from JAFCO and other investors to further enhance the product and spur additional use in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. ChatWork helps teams within 86,000 companies from 204 countries and regions increase engagement and work better together without depending on email.

“We are proud to make one of our biggest investments by JAFCO SV4, our latest flagship fund, in ChatWork,” said Keisuke Miyoshi, a board member of JAFCO Co. Ltd., the largest and most prestigious venture capital firm in Japan. “Given ChatWork’s proven success, we believe they are uniquely positioned to accelerate their global expansion and further innovate business chat for the future of work.”

With ChatWork, coworkers and outside clients, freelancers and business partners benefit from this faster, more modern way of working that allows them to meet on common ground, bond over a shared coffee cup emoji and become stronger teams. The daily onslaught of email is replaced by real-time chat messages. Back-to-back meetings are eliminated by having quick video chats. Buried file attachments and sticky note to-dos become contextually organized by project or topic.

“ChatWork transforms the way colleagues work together with an all-in-one app designed for speed, collaboration and teamwork, without all the usual drama,” said ChatWork CEO and Founder Toshi Yamamoto. “As businesses expand globally, teams need to work together across different locations, time zones, cultures, languages and generations. With our Series B funding, we’re excited to accelerate our market growth in the U.S. and Western countries and help businesses build a more humanized work culture and excel in our global economy.”


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