Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc., a Startup With More Than 6.3 million Facebook Likes, Notes Funding From Digital Garage, Inc., William Lohse and Christine Herron, and Additional Funding From Silicon Valley startup accelerator, 500 Startups

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 DG Incubation, Inc. (a subsidiary of Digital Garage, Inc., DG), GaiaX Global Marketing & Ventures Pte. Ltd. (a subsidiary of GaiaX Co.Ltd., GX Group), and U.S. angel investors, Social Starts LP and Christine Herron. In addition, Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. received an additional investment from Silicon Valley startup accelerator, 500 Startups.

TOM distributes Japanese otaku-related content such as anime, comics through various forms of social media, and has garnered more than 6.3 million likes on its Facebook page after only 17 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 accelerate its global web service with the following investment opportunities:

DG Incubation, Inc.
Corporate Venture Capital By DG group Incubate and develop startup businesses Investor of Twitter Inc. and Path Inc. Strong connection with Japan and Silicon Valley Well versed in incubation of advanced companies
GaiaX Global Marketing & Ventures Pte. Ltd.
Corporate Venture Capital by GaiaX group, leading B2B service provider of social media management and monitoring, established at Singapore in June 2012.
Social Starts LP
Founder William Lohse, Founder of Social Week and Pivot Conference ex-President at Ziff-Davis Publishing Early investor of Pinterest
Christine Herron
Investor at Intel Capital, First Round Capital, and Omidyar Network Investments include Ark, betaworks, Common Sense Media, Double Verify, Jelli, and Yummly Board of Advisors for 500 Startups and StartX
500 Startups
Silicon Valley Startup Accelerator Founded by Dave McClure (ex-PayPal, Facebook fbFund, Founders Fund,

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. 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 17 months of operation, TOM has accumulated over 6.3 million likes on Facebook, becoming the largest Facebook page managed in Japan. TOM’s website,, is currently undergoing alpha testing.
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