Japanese scheduling and appointment booking solution Coubic raises $2.6 million



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Tokyo-based Coubic, the Japanese startup best known for its scheduling and appointment booking solution under the same name as well as last-minute beauty salon booking app Popcorn, announced today that it has fundraised 310 million yen (about $2.6 million) from DCM and Gree Ventures. Upon the funding, former Goldman Sachs vice president Yuki Maniwa and DCM’s general partner Osuke Honda joined the management board, aiming to strengthen Coubic’s management setup and corporate governance.

This funding follows their previous round securing about $500,000 almost a year ago from DCM and Gree Ventures, the same investors at this funding round. Since its launch in April last year, Coubic has acquired over 10,000 merchants using the booking solution. They will use the funds to develop additional functions like customer relation management.

Maniwa was a classmate for Coubic CEO Hiroshi Kuraoka when attending his university. Kuraoka told The Bridge that he expects Maniwa’s business skills and vitality with the proven background.