Tokyo Otaku Mode™, a Startup With More Than 5.7 million Facebook Likes, Notes Funding From 500 Startups and Richard Chen, Among Other Silicon Valley and Japanese Angel Investors

Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. (Delaware, U.S., President & CEO, Tomo Kamei), a distributor of Japanese “otaku” culture, such as anime, manga, cosplay, etc., through its portal, Tokyo Otaku Mode™ (TOM), has announced that it has received funding from Silicon Valley startup accelerator 500 Startups, Richard Chen and Maneesh Arora, as well as other Silicon Valley and Japanese angel investors.

TOM distributes Japanese otaku-related content through various forms of social media, and has garnered more than 5.7 million likes on its Facebook page after only 16 months of operation. It is now the largest Japanese otaku-related Facebook page in the world. TOM is currently developing a new web service aimed at being a worldwide community for high-quality, user-generated content (UGC) for otaku people.

TOM’s new web service will provide a platform for fans and hobbyists of otaku culture to share content, connect with one another, and for content-creators to be fully credited for their work. TOM hopes to create a community of respect between content-creators and fans, while enriching the otaku lifestyle and contributing to the global entertainment market.

TOM plans to use its funding for the strengthening of development of web services, mobile services, and various applications.

Comments from Dave McClure, founder of 500 Startups:

"Tokyo Otaku Mode™ is a global community of imaginative and playful people of all races, genders, ages, and colors -- each person, uniquely Otaku in their own special way. Together, we create a POWERFUL social media force that unites in celebrating anime & animation, manga & comics, heroes & characters loved all over the world. Tokyo Otaku Mode™ is one of the most amazing Japanese startups I've had the pleasure to work with, and 500 Startups is proud to be an investor. Ganbari-masu!"

Investors

500 Startups
Founded by Dave McClure (ex-PayPal, Facebook fbFund, Founders Fund, Mint.com), Silicon Valley Startup Accelerator
Richard Chen
Angel Investor, ex-Google Senior Business Product Manager
Maneesh Arora
Angel Investor, Co-founder @MightyText, ex-Zynga and ex-Google Product Manager
Craig Mod
Angel Investor, ex-Flipboard Product Designer, 2011 TechFellow
Benjamin Joffe
Angel Investor, Founder of Asia digital strategy firm +8* | Plus Eight Star
Elliot Loh
Angel Investor, Formerly COO/VP Product at Geni, early designer at Yammer
Mark Yoshitake
Angel Investor, Product Management at Google, LP at 500 Startups, ex-YouTube Head of Platforms
Amit Sangani
Angel Investor, ex-Google (Android, Mobile Ads)
Four additional Japanese angel investors

About Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc.

Tokyo Otaku Mode™ was created on March 24th, 2011, by President & CEO, Tomo Kamei and was incorporated in the state of Delaware, U.S.A. in April 2012. TOM began on Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, as a page for introducing news and events related to Japanese otaku culture. Within 16 months of operation, TOM has accumulated over 5.7 million likes on Facebook, becoming the largest Facebook page managed in Japan. TOM's website, "Tokyo Otaku Mode.com (http://otakumode.com)", is currently undergoing alpha testing.
AngelList : https://angel.co/tokyo-otaku-mode

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