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Guide for creating a GTM strategy for expanding to Japan
Succeeding in Japan Series Part 4: Japan Entry GTM

October 4, 2022 – In the 4th part of the “Succeeding in Japan” series, Marcus finally dives into the details of building a Japan entry GTM strategy. While this is by no means a comprehensive document, it’s meant to function as a useful guide for companies embarking on their Japan journey.

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Geodesic Portfolio Companies on the 2022 Cloud 100

August 18, 2022 – We’re excited to announce that Forbes released the 2022 list, naming 10 of our portfolio companies.

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The Future of the Town Square: A Return to Privacy

June 27, 2022 – With data privacy rules and regulations dominating headlines globally and big data continuing to grow, there is a natural tension that is hard to ignore. Brent explores how we arrived at our current state, and highlights the challenge created by the Privacy Paradox — consumers’ expectation of a personalized experience without the use of their personal data.

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Introducing Edge Delta
Our Investment in Edge Delta

May 3, 2022 – We’re thrilled to welcome Edge Delta into the Geodesic family. We believe Edge Delta represents the future of observability, and a large portion of that confidence comes from the stellar team at the helm.

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Security Vendors, The Time for Japan is Now

March 16, 2022 – Now is the time when security founders should press on the gas in Japan and take advantage of the opportunity at hand. Our latest article dives into: 1) Recent trends / why the time is now for security vendors in Japan; 2) Japan cyber market overview; and 3) Potential challenges for security founders to navigate in Japan.

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Defining ESG & The Spectrum of Responsible Investing (Part 2)

February 24, 2022 – SRI and Impact investing are often used interchangeably with ESG — but they’re distinctly different frameworks. This article outlines the differences between the three to encourage fruitful conversations about financial sustainability.

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Succeeding in Japan: Should I Do a Joint Venture?

January 26, 2022 – This is the third article in our “Succeeding in Japan” series. Article one focused on Japan entry timing. Article two focused on Japanese business culture and IT purchasing idiosyncrasies that can make Japan entry challenging. This article will answer one of the most common questions we get: “should I do a JV or not?”

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ESG: Speaking the Same Language (Part 1)

December 16, 2021 – ESG rapidly gained mindshare and it is critical that we understand both its origin and purpose to have meaningful conversations about investing for long-term sustainable growth. In part 1, Nick looks at the history and relevance of ESG as a framework.

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Succeeding in Japan: Demystifying the Cultural Divide

October 19, 2021 – This article begins our discussion regarding “how” to succeed in Japan, starting with cultural and structural issues that will help inform your entry strategy.

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By the Numbers: Geodesic Portfolio Companies on the 2021 Cloud 100

September 8, 2021 – We’re excited to announce that Forbes released the 2021 list, naming 12 of our portfolio companies.

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Netskope — The Next Global Security Company

July 9, 2021 – Netskope announced a new funding round at a $7.5 billion valuation that Geodesic is proud to be a part of.

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When to Expand to the Japanese Market

June 2, 2021 – “When should we go to Japan?” We address key questions entrepreneurs need to consider when evaluating this important milestone— from company benchmarks to staying competitive.

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Looking Forward: Culture Transformation

Feb 24, 2021 – Founders and senior leadership must now forge forward and recognize transforming company culture in the remote work era is as essential as their digital transformation initiatives.

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MX: The Future of Intelligent Personalized Banking

Jan 13, 2021 – MX is one of the support pillars to modern financial experiences so banks can better relate to their increasingly mobile-first consumers.

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The API Flywheel and the Golden Age of Software

Dec 8, 2020 – While APIs have been around for years, innovative integration of API-based services and the emerging flywheel effect on the software ecosystem that ensue have brought us to the golden age of software development.

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Mobility Amid COVID: Transportation Solutions for a New Era

Oct 14, 2020 – Explore the intersection between mobility, climate change, and technology as a follow-up to the prior article ‘Mobility During COVID-19 and the Corresponding Environmental Impact’.

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Covid: It’s Time to Play Offense

Sep 9, 2020 – If you have cash, or even better are one of the companies made even more relevant by the pandemic, now’s the time to go on the offensive.

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Fintech entrepreneurs and investors, focus on the “Forgotten” Generation!

Jul 22, 2020 – There’s a customer base out there that’s an untapped opportunity for Fintech entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions alike: Gen X.

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Unlocking Value From Your Venture Capital Partnerships

Jun 25, 2020 – The LP base of a fund is a hidden asset, and if leveraged correctly, can play a critical role in driving value for a founder.

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After COVID-19, Japan Will Be a Greenfield Opportunity For Technology Companies

May 27, 2020 – Investing in the Japanese market is a ripe opportunity that will not disappoint if you’re willing to make the commitment.

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COVID-19 is Igniting Digital Transformation

May 12, 2020 – Enterprise SaaS has benefitted from the COVID-19 pandemic as companies are forced to transition to the cloud in response.

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Mobility During COVID-19 and the Corresponding Environmental Impact

Apr 22, 2020 – As governments and companies alike begin to think about plans to re-open the economy, we are all wondering what the world will look like.

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Why Managing Burn is So Important

Apr 15, 2020 – You need to be reexamining how the economy grinding to a halt will impact your business.

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Key Lessons for Entering the Japanese Market

Apr 2, 2020 – We’ve compiled some of these basics that apply to every company looking to enter the Japanese market.

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Going Global Powers Growth in Post IPO Companies

Jan 15, 2020 – International Revenue Powers Late Stage Company Growth

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Winning In Japan

Jun 7, 2017 – Your company is firmly on the path to success in the U.S. Customers love your products and sales are brisk.

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Japan: a Good Fit for IIoT

Apr 5, 2017 – Geodesic Capital’s mission is to introduce transformative U.S.-based technology companies to a broader global audience.

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In the War for Machine Learning Talent, Who’s Investing to Win?

May 9, 2017 – Most business leaders would agree that extracting insight from corporate data is a strategic imperative.

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The Startups’ Map To Global Expansion

Aug 24, 2016 – tl;dr: Planning on taking your startup global? Before you book tickets to London, read this.

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Meet Divya Sudhakar, Partner at Geodesic Capital

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Japan’s Triple Disaster: Helping an Ally in Need With Admiral Robert Willard and Ambassador John Roos

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The IPEF Is an Important Start but Has a Long Way More to Go, Says Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

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John Roos Awarded Grand Cordon Of The Order Of The Rising Sun

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MX Raises $300 Million in Series C Funding, Quadruples Valuation to $1.9 Billion

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Vercel Announces $40M in Series B Funding to Fuel Frontend Development Innovation

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This Startup Raised $17 Million From Investors Like Ashton Kutcher And Diddy To Take On Customer Service With AI

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Workato Secures $70M in Series C Funding to Further Accelerate its Leadership in Enterprise Automation

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HashiCorp Raises $175 Million in Series E Funding to Support Multi-Cloud Transformation for Global Enterprises

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Imply Raises $30M in Series B funding at $350M Valuation

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Databricks’ Growth Draws $400 Million Series F Investment and $6.2 Billion Valuation

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Pendo Raises $100 Million at a $1 Billion Valuation To Help More SaaS Companies and Digital Enterprises Become Product Led

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John Roos Receives Tokyo American Club Distinguished Achievement Award

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DataRobot: This Rapidly Growing Enterprise AI Leader Raised A Whopping $206 Million In Funding

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ThoughtSpot raises $248 million

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Marqeta Raises $260 million

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Aurora Raises $530 million

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InVision Raises $115 million

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Pindrop Raises $90 million

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Looker Raises $103 million

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Netskope Raises $169 million

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DataRobot Raises $100 million

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BrightMachines Raises $179 million

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JFrog Raises $165 million

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Tanium Valued at $6.5bn

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Pendo Raises $50 million

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Duo Security Acquired by Cisco

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Tanium Valued at $5bn

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ThoughtSpot Raises $145 Million

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Databricks Raises $140 Million

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InVision Raises $100 Million

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Duo Security Raises $70 Million

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Security Startup Netskope Raises $100 Million

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VCs advise on startup success at NEST 2017

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Looker Eyes Ownership Of Crowded Business Intelligence Field With $81.5M From Alphabet

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Exclusive: IPO-Bound Tanium Hires DreamWorks Veteran

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Former US ambassador to Japan: Pulling out of TPP was a mistake

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New funds in 2016 you need to know about

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Context is key for valuations

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Best of Quest CNN International – John Roos Geodesic Capital

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Garland’s Take: Venture Capital Welcomes Debut Funds

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s Lehman claim at G-7 is aimed at sales tax delay

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Bitcoin gains validity as digital gold after Brexit vote

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Ex-US Ambassador: This is what Japan needs

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MSNBC Live MSNBC National – John Roos Geodesic Capital

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Fund focus: Geodesic helps US start-ups go big in Japan

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With Nutanix IPO on shelf, founders and investors fund ThoughtSpot

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Business Search Company ThoughtSpot Raises $50M

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VC firm linking Silicon Valley to Japan closes debut fund

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New venture fund seen linking Japan, Silicon Valley

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Former US ambassador launches $335m fund to bridge Japan and America

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Geodesic Raises $335M for First Growth Fund to Help Startups Expand to Japan

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Geodesic Capital Closes $335M First Fund For Growth Investing

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Geodesic raises maiden fund of $335 mln

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The Secret To $45M In Series D Funding Lies in Your Series A Moves

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Instart Logic Raises $45M Series D Round For Its Application Delivery Platform

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