SmartNews is a free news app that delivers stories from hundreds of trusted publishers, makes it easy to discover new topics and media sites, and lets you access content with or without an Internet connection.

SmartNews's algorithms evaluate tens of millions of articles, behaviors and social interactions to deliver only the most interesting and important stories on a global scale—a fascinating engineering challenge that has attracted a world-class data science and engineering team.

SmartNews was founded in Jun 15, 2012 & is based in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan with additional offices in San Francisco and New York.


SmartNews offers dedicated channels for more than 300 US publishers, including news sites like Business Insider, CBS News, and MSNBC; entertainment sites like Entertainment Weekly, Variety and Pitchfork; and sports sites like SB Nation and SmartNews already has more than 35 million users worldwide, with high levels of engagement.


SmartNews received funding from Development Bank of Japan, SMBC Venture Capital, Atomico, and GREE, Japan Co-Invest Limited Partnership among others. The company closed its Series E round in Dec 2019, with $92M in funding. This brings SmartNews' total funding to $182.3M to-date.


SmartNews is being valued at $1.2B from its Series B round in Dec 2019. It is the first unicorn startup in the news business since BuzzFeed and Vox Media in 2015.


SmartNews won numerous “App of the Year” awards and has been downloaded by more than 35 million people and has over 10million monthly active users.



  • Year founded: 2012
  • Funding Info: $182.3M over 6 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series E)
  • Yearly Revenue: $10M-$20M (2019)
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: Valued at $1.2B as of Dec 2019
  • City/Town: Tokyo
  • State: Tokyo
  • Country: Japan
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