Unsurprisingly so, Venture Republic is also an online portal provider in the travel e-commerce vertical. It offers its services to startups and companies in this space, such as Travel.jp, Hotel.jp and Coneco.net. Going forward, while the “equity of the comparison shopping business has been acquired by Yahoo! Japan”, Venture Republic will be “bringing the whole team who has been running Coneco.net to the new entity”.
UPDATE: Kei shared via email:
“While our travel business (Travel.jp and Hotel.jp – travel meta search, hotel reviews and destination guide) stays fully independent, the equity of our comparison shopping business is acquired by Yahoo! Japan this time to accelerate the growth. Under the Yahoo! Japan group, the new company Ocenyc Inc. will be led by Kenichi Shibata, co-founder & COO of Venture Republic and the operation will be run by the whole team who has been running coneco.net.”
Travel e-commerce space in Japan is the second largest in market size after shopping and keeps growing constantly. Japan has (arguably) the second largest travel market in the world after the U.S. and the new government eyes on it in its new growth strategy.”
The move will also see users have more flexibility in terms of web search and other Yahoo! services. Kei also said that there will be more details on how this acquisition will bring value to their users soon. He views the travel e-commerce scene in Japan as “promising and exciting”.