Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
History of the Internet, the Story of DG.
The history of DG started when we created the first personal homepage in Japan in 1994. DG has always been at the forefront of the times and marched along with the growth of the Internet. Robot type search engine services, developing e-commerce sites, offering settlement and logistics platforms, blogs search, integrating CGM and advertisement, supporting the operation of social media, and expanding the payment solutions to Asia - our constant involvement in such a range of cutting-edge Internet businesses has enabled us to accumulate experience and achievements that are now the source of our strength and capability in generating high value added contexts.
DG milestones and "Firsts" introduced to the Japanese market
Invests in Blockchain Developer Blockstream Invests as lead investor in renowned creator Rei Inamoto's Business Invention Studio
Invested in MX Technologies, Inc., a US-based FinTech innovator Established a joint venture with Kodansha on digital content business for global expansion of Japanese contents and new business incubations Formed a business alliance with Chartbeat Inc. and started to boost the real-time analytics tool Chartbeat's Japanese expansion Invested in Wikia, Inc., and began to support the global social media community "Wikia"'s Japanese expansion
Formed a capital and business alliance with Betaworks Studio, LLC, a prominent startup studio in the US Invested in PT Bilna, the biggest online baby store in Indonesia
econtext ASIA invested in Citrus Payment Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading online payment solution provider in India econtext ASIA became listed at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Formed a capital and business alliance with CrowdWorks Inc., a crowdsourcing service provider Formed a capital and business alliance with Netprice.com Inc. Opened an incubation center in downtown San Francisco named DG717 Established BI.Garage, a joint-venture with Dentsu Inc., cyber communications Inc., and ASATSU-DK INC., to provide big-data-related services Co-founded DENTSU SCIENCEJAM with DENTSU INC. to make new businesses using research results of most advanced science and technology econtext ASIA established a joint-venture VeriTrans Shanghai in China
VeriTrans, a leading company in the e-commerce and online payment fields, became a Digital Garage's wholly-owned subsidiary Invested in Authense Group, Inc., the operator of Bengoshi4.com, a legal consultation service site Established Neo Innovation, Inc. in San Francisco to start software development business based on agile methodologies
Invested in Path which provides Personal Network Service Started to provide twitter account operation supporting tool TweetManager
Established "Open Network Lab" which is Japan's first mentor-driven seed accelerator program Founded NEXDG, joint venture with Nippon Expressm Made an investment in e-book/Contents distribution comapny "MEDIA DO" Partnership with HootSuite which provides social media management tool
Formed a Partnership with Culture Convenience Club which operates Japan's largest chain of video rental stores "Tsutaya"
Formed a Partnership with Twitter
DG Incubation helped developing of Twitter Japanese site
ソリューション事業再編 Absorbed a group of subsidiaries, ECONTEXT, DG solutions, DG&Ibex, DG Media Marketing and Creative Garage
Employed a slogan "Hybrid Solution Partner"
Digital Garage capitalized on world's largest WiFi community, British FON, through subsidiary Digital Garage subsidized major real estate advertiser Sogei through affiliate ITo reinforced solutions business in the real estate sector, where IT promotion is rapidly expanding
純枠持ち株会社化 Digital Garage became a pure holding company of the group Digital Garage formed intermediate holding company DG Solutions Digital Garage established web advertising company DG Media Marketing to cover a wide range of group media, including Kakaku.com and Technorati.jp and other major media Digital Garage established CGM Marketing jointly with Dentsu, cci and ADK Digital Garage split and restructured its solutions subsidiaries to strengthen and streamline subsidiary businesses by redistributing group resources Digital Garage co-founded new IR company with Asia Securities Printing
Strategic business company, DG&Ibex established
Digital Garage established blog business company 'Technorati JAPAN' Digital Garage established DG Incubation, a wholly-owned subsidiary to promote agility and efficiency in managing investment in developing new businesses and strategic investment Digital Garage co-founded venture capital management company with JAIC Digital Garage formed new company 'WEB 2.0' with PIA and Kakaku.com to start new portal site and other businesses in view of next-generation net society
Digital Garage established strategic subsidiary company focused on mobile business Digital Garage announced investment & business partnership with Interscope, major Internet Research company Digital Garage announced investment in Just Planning, application service provider for the restaurant industry Digital Garage announced financial and business partnership with B.U.G. Inc., as part of group's Ubiquitous Network strategy: DG acquired 21% of B.U.G. shares, becoming second leading shareholder Digital Garage announced agreement in which DG acquired all of the issued shares of Ibex & rims, leader in integrated sales promotion, and made Ibex a 100% DG subsidiary
Digital Garage, Inc. announced business and capital partnership with Zion Ltd., provider of consulting services and system development for mobile telephony and Internet technologies DSI joined Zion Group (June 2003, Zion becomes affiliated DG company) Reestablished Creative Garage, our creative design firm Established Business and Capital Partnership with Digital Network Appliance Inc., a Broadband Technology Venture Company Developed integrated solution package tailored to broadband video distribution for television terminal systems, based on Smoothy (a software for content management and content based commerce)
Announced Smoothy: management and commerce system for broadband contents Kakaku.com became a subsidiary of Digital Garage. Kakaku.com is the leading price-comparison site in Japan Announced strategic business partnership with Image-Quest Interactive (IQI), for entertainment and broad content development Launched business tie-up with ALC, major publisher of language education materials Combined WebNation and indiesmusic.com increasing coverage for Indies music market
Launched first auction-platform service with JCB Register business model patent jointly with JCB (Ended in 8th term) Mojo: Purchased rights to E-commerce engine (April 2003, technical cooperation with Sun Microsystems) Launched auction business platform
Launched first convenience-store-based payment and fulfillment platform business (Registered business model patent jointly with Lawson) Launch E-context as Joint-venture with Lawson, TIS, and Mitsubishi Trading Established G-Port as a joint enterprise with Shaddy, the leading catalog gift company in Japan JASDAQ, Initial Public Offering of Digital Garage Developed and launched first convenience-store-based payment and fulfillment system
Introduced open-source application server, Zope Established the Electric Commerce Institute to provide marketing, e-commerce consulting, and Internet-related research services Launched Web Nation: EC Site offering music and entertainment related products. Developed fully automated supply chain (Fulfillment and payment systems) (developed with the cooperation of TIS, Yamato Transport Co., Ltd?and Lilac Co, Ltd)
Registered business patent for above system (October 2002, service transferred to IQI)〉
Introduced Open-source Zope
Launched E-commerce site with automated logistical system (including: Inventory status confirmation, delivery detail selection, etc.)
Jointly developed e-commerce portal for convenience store chains with Lawson
Localized and adapted of the popular rock-music site from the U.S. (Internet broadcast of Fuji-Rock Festival) "Fit- Kansei": Web User Survey System with Cluster Analysis jointly developed with the Communication Science Institute Launched first online CD shop in Japan Began music-related database service
Localization and sales of Ultraseek search technology began
(Now sold under "Autonomy Ultraseek" brand)
Provided robot-based (spider-based) search technology for corporate and government use
Introduced the world's first commercial Internet provider to Japanese market Localized and launched Infoseek search engine service in Japan (In 1999 sold to Disney Group) Established Digital Advertising Consortium, a consortium of advertising agencies specializing in Digital Media advertising Japan's first robot-based search engine Established of first consortium in advertising industry
Internet World Expo '96, the world's first "cyber-space expo" connecting 80 countries. In charge of technical aspects for Japan World. Jr. Summit: event connected children from 40 countries by the Internet, hosted by Isao Okawa. Digital Garage provided technical services Supported Internet streaming media event, and managed public Internet access spaces (Internet World Expo, 96) "Internet Café in Shibuya"(with IBM)
Created Japan's first personal homepage Began homepage creation business (eccosys, From Garage)