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SoftBank - A disruptive player

Softbank – A disruptive player

This study is an analysis of a telecom player with a strong innovative edge: SoftBank.

It presents the traditional activity of the SoftBank Group Corp, and more importantly develops a vision of the SoftBank Vision Fund strategy, its place in the group, key targeted sectors and technologies, and its overall investment philosophy.

In addition, two important sectors of the Softbank Vision Fund are analysed in detail: robotics and self-driving.


1. Executive summary
2. SoftBank: initially a telecom player
2.1. 75% of revenues derive from telecom activities
2.2. But SoftBank is gradually disinvesting in telecom
2.3. Aiming to become a holding again
3. In essence, SoftBank is now a holding, investing in strategic technologies
3.1. The SoftBank Vision Fund (SVF), at the core of the new SoftBank
3.2. Betting on the technologies of tomorrow
4. SoftBank and robotics
5. SoftBank and self-driving
List of tables and figures
SoftBank Vision Fund, Portfolio composition by sector
Japanese MNOs, market shares by MNO
Breakdown of SoftBank Group revenues in FY2018
Difference between a typical Zaibatsu and SoftBank approach to being a holding
Portfolio composition, by sector
Portfolio composition, by amount/ geographic location
Portfolio of ride-sharing companies part of SVF
Breakdown of SVF investments, ranked by amount invested
Robotics acquisitions by SoftBank
Nuro is an autonomous food delivery vehicle
Self-driving-related acquisitions by the SoftBank Vision Fund

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