Feb 6, 2014

[The Bridge] Japanese online printing startup Raksul fundraises $14.3 million

Raksul, a Tokyo-based startup providing online printing services, announced today that it has raised 1.45 billion yen (approximately $14.3 million) from WiL (World Innovation Lab), Global Brain, Itochu Technology Ventures, Plus (an office stationary company), GMO Venture Partners, and Mixi. 
Raksul is a fabless company that provides printing services in partnership with more than 1,600 printing facilities across Japan (as of November of 2013). Users can place printing orders at affordable rates because the company takes advantage of downtime at participating printers to complete those orders. ...
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The Bridge 2/6/2014 [en]

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  • An interesting point of the deal is that Plus is included as one of investors. The company sells office stationary to companies, schools, or governments as well as other services that the offices need such as gift, translation, and web meeting service. Plus aims to deliver printing service as well by partnering with Raksul. It is a good case of collaboration between a traditional large corporation and a start-up. Creating the kind of partnership is one of the missions of WiL to aim for.
  • http://raksul.com/

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