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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.
HQShibuya, JP
Employee Ratings4.7

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Employees (est.) (Sept 2020)273(+5%)
Cybersecurity ratingBMore

SmartNews Office Locations

SmartNews has an office in Shibuya
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SmartNews Financials and Metrics

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SmartNews total Funding

$180.3 m

SmartNews latest funding size

$92 m

Time since last funding

10 months ago

SmartNews investors

SmartNews's latest funding round in November 2019 was reported to be $92 m. In total, SmartNews has raised $180.3 m. SmartNews's latest valuation is reported to be $1.2 b.
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SmartNews Operating Metrics

SmartNews's Monthly Active Users was reported to be 20 m in Aug, 2019.
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App Downloads

45 m


6 k

Monthly Active Users

20 m

Publishing Partners (Japan)

3 k
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SmartNews Cybersecurity Score

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SmartNews Online and Social Media Presence

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SmartNews News and Updates

News discovery platform SmartNews closes $92m series E round

It plans to continue expanding its global engineering teams for mobile, back end, and machine learning development.

SmartNews lands $28 mln Series E

SmartNews Inc, a news app, has secured $28 million in Series E funding. Japan Post Capital Co. Ltd led the round.

News discovery app SmartNews valued at $1.1B

SmartNews, an AI-powered news aggregation app, is the latest company to enter the unicorn club.

SmartNews app reaches 10 million monthly users as it counters fake news

EXCLUSIVE: SmartNews said it has reached more than 10 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan for its news discovery experience that is curated by machine language and trusted journalism sources. The news app curates news from more than 3,000 trusted sources, and it has seen 200 percent g…

SmartNews Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was SmartNews founded?

    SmartNews was founded in 2012.

  • How many employees does SmartNews have?

    SmartNews has 273 employees.

  • Who are SmartNews competitors?

    Competitors of SmartNews include DailyHunt, NewsDog and Poncho.

  • Where are SmartNews offices?

    SmartNews has an office in Shibuya.

  • How many offices does SmartNews have?

    SmartNews has 1 office.