Japan’s website translation service WOVN.io secures $1.1M funding
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The Japanese startup plans to use the latest funds to strengthen its position as a marketing tool to help businesses expand globally

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WOVN.io instantly turns a website into a multilingual environment just by adding a single Javascript code to a website source. Tokyo-based Minimal Technologies, the company behind the service, announced in July that it has partnered with Recruit Communications, and it has been adopted into more than 4,500 websites in the U.S., Japan, Brazil, Spain, and other countries.

The company announced that it has fundraised $1.1 million from Opt Ventures and Nissay Capital. Opt Ventures is the investment arm of Japan’s largest online ad agency Opt while Nissay Capital is that of Japan’s leading insurance company Nissay, or Nippon Life Insurance Company.

In a previous interview, the company said WOVN.io earns 90% of its revenue stream from their enterprise plan users. They plan to use the latest funds to strengthen their position as a marketing tool to help businesses expand globally. WOVN++, the SEO-enabled library launched in late July in beta, is also part of the strategy.

Thanks to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics effect, there are now more websites available in English. I expect that WOVN.io will accelerate this trend and help make more content from Japan available to the global audience.

This post was originally published on The Bridge.

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Yukari Mitsuhashi

About Yukari Mitsuhashi


Yukari is a tech writer based in Tokyo, with previous experience working with a few startups in Japan. She also supervised the Japanese caption and narration of the movie “The Social Network.” She aspires to contribute to the Japanese startup scene by what she does best: writing. Find her on Twitter at @yukari77.

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