SoftBank and Swirl

SoftBank Group Corp. is a multinational telecommunications and internet corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company has operations and investments in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-Commerce, Internet, technology services, finance media and marketing, semiconductor design and other businesses. SoftBank’s investments and holdings include Alibaba, Sprint, ARM, NVIDIA, Slack, FlipKart, Kabbage and many more.

Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable and local television networks, global ratings agencies, medical information and services, newspapers, magazines, digital services businesses; and investments in emerging digital and video companies. Current and prior Hearst investments include Pandora, XM, Brightcove, Netscape, BuzzFeed and HootSuite.

Twitter, Inc. operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. The company offers various products and services, including Twitter, that allows users to create, distribute and discover content; and Periscope, a mobile application that enables users to broadcast and watch video live with others. It also provides sponsored products and services such as promoted tweets, promoted accounts and promoted trends, which enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products and services.

Simon Property Group is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed­use destinations and an S&P 100 company. The company’s properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales. Simon invests in companies that are innovating at the intersection of retail and technology to drive forward innovative consumer experiences.

For more than 15 years, Longworth has backed some of the most innovative and successful emerging technology companies. The firm is passionate about company building and is committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed. Longworth investments have included digital engagement services provider Mobiquity, email marketing platform provider Constant Contact and mobile relationship management technology provider Scanbuy.

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