Fuji Startup Ventures leads Series A in social media news provider Spectee

Image from Spectee Newsdeck website.

Fuji Startup Ventures, the investment arm of Fuji TV, has led a Series A funding in Tokyo-based startup Spectee, reported The Bridge.

Japanese investment firm Mizuho Capital also participated in this round. However, the financial terms were not disclosed.

Spectee, formerly known as Euclid Lab, is a startup behind the platform offering news materials based on social media analytics.

It has just launched Newsdeck, a new service for gathering images and video clips from social media and offer copyright clearance for use by news agencies and broadcasters. Currently, more than 15 platforms in Japan have used the Newsdeck service as well as Fuji TV’s news department also tested Newsdeck and planned to adopt it with the online news department.

Spectee also plans to coordinate with the CBC Group, which is one of its back-up investors, to sell the Newsdeck service to broadcasters worldwide.

Fuji Startup Ventures has also invested an undisclosed amount in The Bridge in January. Earlier, it invested in Japan’s home design marketplace Suvaco in 2014 as well as social-commerce platform Monoco Inc and online restaurant vacancy checker Pocket Concierge in 2013.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.