Our Approach

We focus on seed and Series A startups. We are sector agnostic, interested in industry-changing technology and innovation. We spend time to fully understand opportunities and business plans. Once we invest, we commit to maximizing startup success. We have invested in over 80 companies, most of which are in the U.S., and are increasingly looking for the right opportunities in new markets.

If you are interested in working with us, warm introductions are encouraged.

All Consumer Enterprise US Japan


  • May Mobility
  • GrubMarket
  • ThirdLOVE
  • Lob
  • Vacan
  • ExaWizards
  • Scentbird
  • Noom


  • Photosynth
  • M&A

  • Prodigy
  • Origin
  • Second Measure
  • Chariot
  • Pantry
  • Panna
  • Vidpresso
  • Boostable
  • Love With Food
  • Placemeter
  • Binpress
  • Aarki
  • Represent
  • Kidaptive
  • Chobolabs
  • Portfolio

  • Bipsee
  • Sequential Skin
  • Cake
  • MindPortal
  • mmhmm
  • Osso VR
  • LegionFarm
  • Photosynth
  • HCMJ
  • LUUP
  • TeraWatt
  • Zippin
  • AppGrooves
  • SmartScan
  • Misapplied Sciences
  • CarIQ
  • P-Mind
  • Moved
  • Ambient.ai
  • DeepMotion
  • Coast App
  • Glowing
  • RealtyBits
  • LemonBox
  • Miles
  • Realtime Robotics
  • Skip
  • BRCK
  • Dashbot
  • Civil Maps
  • Fellow AI
  • RevolutionCredit
  • LiveLike
  • Rad
  • Any.do
  • Apto
  • Maestro
  • TopFlight
  • Replenish
  • Focus Motion
  • LeadGenius
  • Le Tote
  • Spire
  • Vio

Founders Voice

Learn how we help portfolio founders find key partners, enter the Japanese market, recruit talent, gain PR, and raise capital.

Naoki Kobayashi

Naoki Kobayashi
VP Asia at Aarki

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The team at Scrum Ventures supports Aarki not only through investments but also by introducing us to mobile app developers who can be potential Aarki clients in Japan, the US, and globally. With a more extensive global client base, we are able to take full advantage of Scrum's network. We are looking forward to growing this excellent relationship with the next stage of our partnership.

Edwin Olson

Edwin Olson
CEO, Founder at May Mobility

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Scrum Ventures invested in May Mobility in our seed stage round almost three years ago and the team has been great to work with ever since. They've been there when we've wanted introductions, advice on working with companies and partners in Japan, or just to talk through the things going on at our company. One thing I particularly appreciate about Scrum is their many years of experience and expertise -- a new experience for me is a familiar experience for them!

Bill Hudenko

Bill Hudenko
CEO at Voi

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Scrum Ventures has been an exceptional partner for Voi Inc. At all levels of their organization they have been supportive, thoughtful, and insightful. Our relationship with Scrum goes beyond financing. The association has led to better business insights, stronger partnerships, and opportunities to expand our company and develop an international presence. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to work with them.

Jasen Lew

Jasen Lew
CEO at Glowing

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Scrum is one of the best investors I've had the fortune and pleasure working with. My partner and I met Tak through YCombinator, and the experience from then to now has been fantastic. The entire team is caring and supportive. They are proactive investors, yet not too much as to disrupt business, and consistently offer to guide and help overcome any challenges (even rolling up their sleeves to help with research and introductions). Beyond highly recommending, I would say if a company has the opportunity to work with Scrum, it will be a decision that will continually reap benefits during the life of the business.

Ko Ishiyama

Ko Ishiyama
President & CEO at ExaWizards Inc.

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I discovered and have been following Scrum Ventures from when I previously worked at an AI research center in Silicon Valley. Now at Exawizards, Scrum Ventures provides us with business support, customer introductions, event and PR help, and introductions to partners through their large network in the United States. By far, Scrum Ventures is our most important partner.

Takanobu Kawano

Takanobu Kawano
CEO at Vacan, Inc.

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After meeting Makoto Haruta, Partner at Scrum Ventures, I immediately felt that working with them would help me create a strong business and team. A key reason I decided to accept their investment was how they took the time to really understand Vacan. Beginning with Tak Miyata, General Partner, I could tell the Scrum Ventures team valued Vacan as much as I did and I could trust them. Scrum Ventures continues to support me with business planning, KPI creation, series A fundraising, hiring, PR, and more. Hiroki Tanaka, Venture Partner, even joined our offsite discussions and works closely with us for Vacan’s growth.

In Gudo

In Gudo
Representative Director at P-Mind

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We were impressed by how the Scrum team evaluated our business model and assessed the risk-return in detail before making the decision to invest. Even after investment, they continue to support us with advice and insights to help our business. With their deep understanding of entrepreneurship, I highly recommend Scrum Ventures to any startups looking for funding.

Andre Lorenceau

Andre Lorenceau
Founder & CEO at LiveLike

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Scrum Ventures is definitely one of my favorite investors. Not only did they believe in us from the start and helped us close our round, they were frequently prompt and clear in dealing with us which is the most anyone can ask from the fundraising process. Scrum Ventures stayed engaged, inviting me to present to executives at Japanese corporations and introducing me to key investors in Japan. Scrum Ventures is key when we need help in the region. I definitely will be coming back to knock on their door should I ever start another company.

Tony Mugavero

Tony Mugavero
CEO at Rad

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Scrum Ventures has been an incredible partner to work with, and helpful in not only thinking through product and business strategy but also working together on growing our presence internationally in Japan and beyond. They are engaged in the process of building great businesses, which we really enjoy, and the connections and insight they bring to the table add substantial value beyond just capital. We could not be luckier to have them as investors and partners.

Peter Howard

Peter Howard
CEO at Realtime Robotics

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The team at Scrum Ventures has been truly fantastic to work with. Starting with their speedy comprehension in our introductory meeting 7 months ago, through introducing us to stellar co-investors 6 months ago, to opening doors to anchor customers 5 months ago, they have been pleasant, supportive, efficient, and highly effective. They are a hugely productive asset to have on your team!

Rakesh Tondon

Rakesh Tondon

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We’ve worked with Scrum Ventures for over 3 years. Their team is smart, and they think creatively to solve problems. They understand entrepreneurship and have been extremely helpful to us in several areas, ranging from fundraising to partnership discussions. Scrum Ventures has an excellent network that has helped us secure a strategic partnership with one of the largest retailers in Asia. Had we not been working with Scrum Ventures, we may never have been able to secure that relationship.

Scrum Ventures is a seed-stage venture firm investing across a range of industries in the U.S. and Japan. Based in San Francisco with extensive experience and networks in both Silicon Valley and Japan, Scrum Ventures accelerates portfolio companies with global opportunities and helps corporations innovate. Scrum Studio is a platform that connects global corporations with startups.