Digital Garage

CORPORATE INFORMATION

HISTORY

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

1994
Japan's first personal homepage Japan's first personal homepage
  Begin homepage creation business (eccosys, From Garage)
1995
The world's first The world's first "cyber-space expo" connecting 80 countries, Internet World Expo '96. In charge of technical aspects for Japan
World. Jr. Summit: event connecting children from 40 countries by the Internet, hosted by Isao Okawa. Digital Garage provides technical services World. Jr. Summit: event connecting children from 40 countries by the Internet, hosted by Isao Okawa. Digital Garage provides technical services
  Internet streaming media event support, and management of public Internet access spaces (Internet World Expo, 96)
"Internet Café in Shibuya"(with IBM)
1996
PSINet Introduce the world's first commercial Internet provider to Japanese market
Introduce the world's first commercial Internet provider to Japanese market Localize and launch Infoseek search engine service in Japan (In 1999 sold to Disney Group)
Establish Digital Advertising Consortium, a consortium of advertising agencies specializing in Digital Media advertising Establish Digital Advertising Consortium, a consortium of advertising agencies specializing in Digital Media advertising
  Japan's first robot-based search engine
stablishment of first consortium in advertising industry
1997
Localization and sales of Ultraseek search technology begins (Now sold under Localization and sales of Ultraseek search technology begins
(Now sold under " Autonomy Ultraseek" brand)
  Provide robot-based (spider-based) search technology for corporate and government use
1998
Localization and adaptation of the popular rock-music site from the U.S. (Internet broadcast of Fuji-Rock Festival) Localization and adaptation of the popular rock-music site from the U.S. (Internet broadcast of Fuji-Rock Festival)
Fit- Kansei "Fit- Kansei": Web User Survey System with Cluster Analysis Jointly developed with the Communication Science Institute
  Launch first online CD shop in Japan
Begin music-related database service
1999
Introduction of open-source application server, Zope Introduction of open-source application server, Zope
the Electric Commerce Institute Establish the Electric Commerce Institute to provide marketing and e-commerce consulting and Internet-related research services
WEstablish the Electric Commerce Institute to provide marketing and e-commerce consulting and Internet-related research services Launch 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)
Register business patent for above system (October 2002, service transferred to IQI)〉
  Introduce Open-source Zope
Launch E-commerce site with automated logistical system (including: Inventory status confirmation, delivery detail selection, etc.)
Jointly develop e-commerce portal for convenience store chains with Lawson
2000
econtext Launch 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
G-PORT Establish G-Port as a joint enterprise with Shaddy, the leading catalog gift company in Japan
JASDAQ JASDAQ, Initial Public Offering of Digital Garage
  Develop and launch first convenience-store-based payment and fulfillment system
2001
CYBER AUCTION Launch first auction-platform service with JCB Register business model patent jointly with JCB (Ends in 8th term)
Mojo Mojo: Purchase rights to E-commerce engine (April 2003, technical cooperation with Sun Microsystems)
  Launch auction business platform
2002
smoothy Announce Smoothy: management and commerce system for broadband contents
Kakaku.com Kakaku.com becomes a subsidiary of Digital Garage. Kakaku.com is the leading price-comparison site in Japan
IQI Announce strategic business partnership with Image-Quest Interactive (IQI), for entertainment and broad content development
Launch business tie-up with ALC, major publisher of language education materials Launch business tie-up with ALC, major publisher of language education materials
  Combine WebNation and indiesmusic.com increasing coverage for Indies music market
2003
ZION Digital Garage, Inc. announces business and capital partnership with Zion Ltd., provider of consulting services and system development for mobile telephony and Internet technologies DSI joins Zion Group (June 2003, Zion becomes affiliated DG company)
CREATIVE GARAGE Reestablishment of Creative Garage, our creative design firm
Digital Network Appliance Inc. Business and Capital Partnership with Digital Network Appliance Inc., a Broadband Technology Venture Company
  Development of integrated solution package tailored to broadband video distribution for television terminal systems, based on Smoothy (a software for content management and content based commerce)
2004
DG MOBILE Digital Garage establishes strategic subsidiary company focused on mobile business
Inter scope Digital Garage announces investment & business partnership with Interscope, major Internet Research company
JUST PLANNING INC. Digital Garage announces investment in Just Planning, application service provider for the restaurant industry
BUG SAPPORO JAPAN Digital Garage announces financial and business partnership with B.U.G. Inc., as part of group's Ubiquitous Network strategy: DG to acquire 21% of B.U.G. shares, becoming second leading shareholder
Ibex & rims Digital Garage announces agreement in which DG will acquire all of the issued shares of Ibex & rims, leader in integrated sales promotion, and make Ibex a 100% DG subsidiary
2005
Technorati JAPAN Digital Garage establishes blog business company 'Technorati JAPAN'
DG INCUBATION Digital Garage establishes DG Incubation, a wholly-owned subsidiary to promote agility and efficiency in managing investment in developing new businesses and strategic investment
DG & Partners Digital Garage co-founds venture capital management company with JAIC
WEB 2.0 Digital Garage forms 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
2006
純枠持ち株会社化 Digital Garage becomes a pure holding company of the group
DG Solution Digital Garage forms intermediate holding company DG Solutions
DG Media Marketing Digital Garage establishes web advertising company DG Media Marketing to cover a wide range of group media, including Kakaku.com and Technorati.jp and other major media
CGM Marketing Digital Garage establishes CGM Marketing jointly with Dentsu, cci and ADK
DG & Ibex Digital Garage splits and restructures its solutions subsidiaries to strengthen and streamline subsidiary businesses by redistributing group resources
GROWTH PARTNERS Digital Garage co-founds new IR company with Asia Securities Printing
Strategic business company, DG&Ibex established
2007
fon Digital Garage capitalizes on world's largest WiFi community, British FON, through subsidiary
Sogei Digital Garage subsidizes major real estate advertiser Sogei through affiliate
ITo reinforce solutions business in the real estate sector, where IT promotion is rapidly expanding
2008
twitter 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"
2009
CCC Formed a Partnership with Culture Convenience Club which operates Japan's largest chain of video rental stores "Tsutaya"
2010
Open Network Lab Established "Open Network Lab" which is Japan's first mentor-driven seed accelerator program
NEXDG Founded NEXDG, joint venture with Nippon Express
Media Do Made an investment in e-book/Contents distribution comapny "MEDIA DO"
hootsuite Partnership with HootSuite which provides social media management tool
2011
tweetmanager Started to provide twitter account operation supporting tool TweetManager
Path Invested in Path which provides Personal Network Service
2012
kiip Invested in Kiip, Inc., a smartphone advertisement platform provider and began business development support in Japan
Neo Innovation, Inc. Established Neo Innovation, Inc. in San Francisco to start software development business based on agile methodologies
FOOZA Established FOOZA. a joint-venture with Mitsubishi Shokuhin Co., Ltd., and launched an online food shopping site
bengoshi.com Invested in Authense Group, Inc., the operator of Bengoshi4.com, a legal consultation service site
veritrans VeriTrans, a leading company in the e-commerce and online payment fields, became a Digital Garage's wholly-owned subsidiary
2013
VeriTrans Shanghai econtext ASIA established a joint-venture VeriTrans Shanghai in China
dentsusciencejam Co-founded DENTSU SCIENCEJAM with DENTSU INC. to make new businesses using research results of most advanced science and technology
Guardtime New Context Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary in the US, formed a business alliance with Guardtime USA Inc., the creator of keyless signature technology (KSI) for validating the integrity and authenticity of digital data.
BI.Garage Established BI.Garage, a joint-venture with Dentsu Inc., cyber communications Inc., and ASATSU-DK INC., to provide big-data-related services
DG717 Opened an incubation center in downtown San Francisco named DG717
netprice.com Formed a capital and business alliance with Netprice.com Inc.
crowdWorks Formed a capital and business alliance with CrowdWorks Inc., a crowdsourcing service provider
econtext-asia econtext ASIA became listed at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Citrus econtext ASIA invested in Citrus Payment Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading online payment solution provider in India
2014
Bilna Invested in PT Bilna, the biggest online baby store in Indonesia
Betaworks Formed a capital and business alliance with Betaworks Studio, LLC, a prominent startup studio in the US
Fleksy Invested in Fleksy Inc., a developer of software keyboard for touchscreens