SmartNews is the award-winning, news discovery app loved by millions. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users discover the most interesting and important stories that matter right now. SmartNews won numerous “App of the Year” awards in Japan and is consistently ranked as a top 5 News App for Android and iOS in the US. With over $50M in funding from Gree, Globis Capital Partners and Atomico, SmartNews has offices in Tokyo, San Francisco and New York.
Company Growth (employees)
Shibuya, JP
Size (employees)
48 (est)+3%
SmartNews was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Shibuya, JP

SmartNews Office Locations

SmartNews has an office in Shibuya

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Founding Date


Total Funding

$88.3 m

Latest funding size

$38 m

Time since last funding

about 1 year


SmartNews's latest funding round in July 2016 was reported to be $38 m. In total, SmartNews has raised $88.3 m

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Could SmartNews Prove To Be The Media's Unlikely Sidekick?

The news app is raising more money and once again heading for the U.S.In the wake of Facebook's decision to pull back from publishers and focus more on connecting friends and family, the media is looking for a distribution method it can count on. SmartNews, which just raised $38 million, is hoping t…

News discovery app SmartNews nabs another $38M, now valued at $500M-$600M

 As large platforms like Facebook and Apple position themselves as the new go-to places to read news, an independent app that started in Japan has landed a new round of funding to raise its own game. SmartNews — a news aggregation app that works with some 1,500 publications and selects stories for y…

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