Japan’s screen capture and sharing platform Gyazo fundraises $2 million



This is the abridged version of our original article in Japanese.

Kyoto- and Silicon Valley-based Nota, the company that provides screen capture and cloud storage platform Gyazo, announced today that it has fundraised $2 million from Japanese Internet company Opt, as well as two VC firms; YJ Capital and Miyako Capital.

Gyazo allows users to capture a screenshot and share it with other users via a simple URL. Since its release in 2011, the service has acquired 3.75 million monthly unique users and about 13 million monthly uploads of screenshots.

The service is available for free, but premium membership menu for corporate users provides additional features like enabling access privilege for their files, user support, as well as integration with Microsoft Office applications. In a view of geographical distribution, Nota has about 3,000 premium and freemium users – North America (33%), Europe (37%), Japan (14%), and Russia (4%).

Prior to launching Gyazo, Nota developed a book search engine called Calil that allows users to make retrievals across libraries in Japan. CEO Isshu Rakusai started programming when he was 12. He has introduced news clipping software Kamicopi and has been approved as a “super creator” by the Japanese governmental IT promotion authority, IPA in 2003.