SoftBank Capital Adds Marissa Campise As Partner

Former Venrock vice president joins firm to focus on helping entrepreneurs build leading mobile and Internet companies


New York – WEBWIRE – Monday, June 09, 2014

SoftBank Capital, a venture group affiliated with Japan’s SoftBank Corp., today announced that Marissa Campise has joined as a partner based in New York. Marissa was previously a VP at Venrock. Campise will be working to continue SoftBank Capital’s recent momentum and string of successful investments in technology companies.

Campise brings her investment experience in digital media and Internet companies to SoftBank Capital, where she will focus on consumer and enterprise mobile, and connected devices. Previous investments include Klout (acquired by Lithium), Livefyre, Burner, Trumaker and Netsertive. She helped source Ctera, sat on the Board of Directors of SlideShare (acquired by Linkedin) and observed on Dataminr, Netsertive and others.

“Marissa has tremendous energy, a strong network, and a real passion for backing great teams early in their life cycle. We’ve gotten to know her very well over the years and have always appreciated her intelligence and insights,“ Steve Murray, partner at SoftBank Capital, said. ”We know she’ll be an excellent addition to an already strong and successful team, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to the firm"
 
Campise joins an experienced team that has backed some of the biggest Internet companies. Highlights include Huffington Post, Buddy Media, OMGPOP, Criteo, Buzzfeed and Fitbit. In a recent report, CB Insights recognized SoftBank Capital as being tied for the highest number of New York-based VC exits.
 
“SoftBank Capital has an excellent reputation and is known to be great at opening doors for the management teams of its companies. The unique relationship with SoftBank Corp. provides the right companies access to strong distribution. This is a huge advantage in high-growth markets like Asia and is precisely what attracted me here,” Campise said. “SoftBank has been the earliest backer of some of the biggest Internet companies, and I look forward to working alongside the team. We share a common vision and passion in wanting to back and scale the next wave of global technology companies.”
 
SoftBank Capital enjoys a close relationship with Japan’s SoftBank Corp., which has investments in over 1300 mobile and Internet companies including Alibaba, Brightstar, GungHo/Supercell, Sprint and Yahoo! JAPAN. SoftBank Capital’s portfolio companies have the ability to leverage the firm’s partnerships in Asia and across the world to scale rapidly in global markets that are typically difficult to navigate.
 
About SoftBank Capital
SoftBank Capital provides venture funding and strategic support to exceptional entrepreneurs building disruptive enduring businesses. The firm manages over $600 million and invests across a company’s lifecycle, from seed to expansion stages. Through its close ties to a number of Asia’s leading mobile, Internet and technology companies – including strategic partners SoftBank Corp, Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba Group – SoftBank Capital offers unique expertise to businesses seeking to address the Asian market. Since 1995, SoftBank Capital has worked with industry leaders such as Criteo, Gilt Groupe, OMGPOP (Zynga), betaworks, BuzzFeed, Buddy Media (Salesforce.com), Huffington Post (AOL), Associated Content (Yahoo!), Danger (Microsoft), Geocities (Yahoo!), E*Trade and Yahoo! To learn more about SoftBank Capital, visit www.softbank.com.



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