Japan’s financial advisory startup Zuu secures $1 million in angel funding

Masaru Ikeda by Masaru Ikeda on 2014.8.25


Tokyo-based Zuu, the startup that operates financial advisor matching platform Zuu Advisors, announced today that it has fundraised 105 million yen (about $1 million) from four angel investors including Japan’s mobile i-mode web service inventor Takeshi Natsuno and listed-company owners.

The company provides a dozen web services including Zoo Advisors Support, a website of marketing tips for brokers and salespersons of wealth management products. Other websites include Japanese property market trend news site Tokyo Premium Real Estate and wealth management-focused portal Zuu Online (US Edition), both are available in English.

The company will use the funds to strengthen their engineering and marketing teams to roll out improvements of their web services.

Zuu was founded in 2013 by Kazumasa Tomita, who previously worked in the wealth management department of Nomura Securities.

Masaru Ikeda

Masaru Ikeda

Masaru started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms. He’s been traveling around Silicon Valley and Asia exploring the IT industry, and he also curates event updates for the Tokyo edition of Startup Digest.