LINE

LINE is a communication application that offers instant messages, voice calls and video calls on smartphones. Read more

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LINE

LINE is a communication application that offers instant messages, voice calls and video calls on smartphones. Read more

Takeshi Idezawa's photo - CEO of LINE

CEO

Takeshi Idezawa

CEO Approval Rating

64/100

Founded:

2011

Status:

PublicMerged with yahoo japanTokyo Stock Exchange3938

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Viber is perceived as one of LINE's biggest rivals. Viber was founded in 2010, and its headquarters is in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Like LINE, Viber also works within the Messaging field. Viber has 6,598 fewer employees than LINE.

WeChat is one of LINE's top rivals. WeChat is a Product/Brand/Service company that was founded in 2011 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. Like LINE, WeChat also competes in the Application Software sector. Compared to LINE, WeChat has 5,625 fewer employees.

WhatsApp is LINE's #3 rival. WhatsApp is a Private company that was founded in Menlo Park, California in 2009. Like LINE, WhatsApp also operates in the Application Software sector. WhatsApp has 6,498 fewer employees vs. LINE.

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LINE Quarterly and Annual Revenue

Trailing 12-Months Trend (TTM)

Annual Revenue

$2.2B

LINE's revenue is the ranked 3rd among it's top 10 competitors. The top 10 competitors average 908.9M. Over the last two quarters, LINE's revenue has grown by 9.5%. Specifically, in Q3 2020's revenue was $595.5M; in Q2 2020, it was $543.7M.

LINE Acquisitions

COMPANY ACQUIRED
ACQUISITION DATE
AMOUNT
DESCRIPTION
GrayHash

Dec 2018

Source »
undisclosed
GrayHash is a cybersecurity firm that provides offensive security research, vulnerability check and technology advisory services.
Sellsuki Co. Ltd.

Dec 2018

Source »
undisclosed
Sellsuki is an e-commerce platform for billing, collecting, and managing orders on the social web.
TemanJalan

Nov 2017

Source »
undisclosed
TemanJalan is a chatbot-based carpooling platform that connects university students planning for travel on the same route and schedule.
Dgm59 Co., Ltd

Jul 2017

Source »
undisclosed
DGM59 is a software development firm that engages in providing social CRM and marketing technologies for brands and marketers.
Nextfloor

Jul 2017

Source »
undisclosed
NeXT FLOOR is a designer and developer of social games for mobile devices.

These are all the companies that LINE has acquired. LINE has acquired 7 companies and its latest acquisition was GrayHash in Dec 2018. GrayHash is a cybersecurity firm that provides offensive security research, vulnerability check and technology advisory services.

LINE Funding History

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LINE Investments

COMPANY

DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT

INVESTMENT DATE

ROUND

EXIT DATE

Perx provides SaaS loyalty management system and omnichannel marketing technologies for offline and online business engagement.
$5M
Mar 26, 2019
Series B
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Catalog is a DNA-based storage platform that offers digital storage and computation solutions for pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.
$9M
Jun 25, 2018
Equity
-
Folio is an online brokerage firm that offers asset management and theme-based investing solutions for businesses.
$63M
Jan 16, 2018
Equity
-
Syte is an artificial intelligence platform that offers visual search and image recognition solutions for retailers, brands, and publishers.
$8M
Jul 17, 2017
Series A
-
4:33 Creative Lab designs and publishes mobile games.
$110M
Nov 12, 2014
Equity
-

These are all the companies that LINE has invested in. LINE has invested 7 companies and its latest investment was GrayHash in Dec 2018. GrayHash is a cybersecurity firm that provides offensive security research, vulnerability check and technology advisory services.

LINE News

March 17, 2021Gadgets Now

Japan to probe messaging app Line

Japan's government said on Wedneseday it would investigate messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp... See more »
March 17, 2021Gadgets Now

Japan messenger app Line let engineers in China access user data without consent: Report

Japanese messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp's Z Holdings Corp, allowed Chinese engineers at a... See more »
March 17, 2021PYMNTS

Japan's Line Accused Of Letting Chinese Engineers Tap User Data

Messaging app provider Line is being investigated by the Japanese government over accusations that us... See more »
March 4, 2021Tech In Asia

SoftBank, Naver's affiliates complete merger to launch a $30b tech giant

The newly formed joint venture will invest US$4.6 billion to develop its data and artificial intellig... See more »
March 1, 2021Telecompaper

Z Holdings, Line complete business integration

(Telecompaper) Z Holdings (ZHD) and Line have announced the completion of their business integration.... See more »
February 22, 2021Finextra

Mizuho and Line raise investment in build for new smartphone bank

LINE Corporation ("LINE") and Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. ("Mizuho Financial Group") announced today... See more »
February 5, 2021The Paypers

Taiwan's LINE Bank gets operational license

Taiwan-based LINE Bank has announced that it has been granted an operational license by Taiwan's Fina... See more »

LINE Blogs

March 31, 2020LINE Blog

LINE Timeline adds Explore feature

LINE Timeline is getting an exciting new feature called “Explore.”With Explore, you not only can see ... See more »
March 27, 2020LINE Blog

We’re discontinuing the ability to create new LINE accounts with Facebook

In order to ensure your safety and the security of the LINE platform, LINE is changing how new accoun... See more »
October 24, 2019LINE Blog

A message to parents and guardians: LINE's age rating is now 12+

Thank you for your continued support of LINE.As part of LINE's mission to help out in your daily life... See more »
September 6, 2019LINE Blog

Birthday cards are here! Celebrate as LINE revamps its birthday features

LINE is rolling out redesigned birthday features with the newest version of our messaging app.Post a ... See more »
July 30, 2019LINE Blog

LINE's chat menu has been redesigned!

.border-radius {border-radius:15px;} Wish you could find the info you need and change the settings mo... See more »
April 25, 2019LINE Blog

Scan and translate on the go, with LINE's new OCR feature!

LINE has added a most new feature that's incredibly useful, especially for anyone who does much trave... See more »
February 25, 2019LINE Blog

Changing how you transfer LINE accounts to new devices

LINE has changed the process of how you transfer a LINE account to a new device so now the process ca... See more »

LINE Press Releases

June 19, 2020StreetInsider

transcosmos starts distributing "LINE Flyer," LINE's new personalized digital flyer service

TOKYO (PRWEB) June 19, 2020 transcosmos inc. hereby announces that the company has started selling "L... See more »
March 18, 2020PR Newswire Asia

'LINE' Slated to Become a Worldclass Mar-Tech Platform, Driven by its Social Private Platform Strategy

BANGKOK, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, there is a large selection of digital platforms and to... See more »
November 22, 2019StreetInsider

Sunsella Comments On Yahoo Japan And Line Corp. Merger Opportunities

Sunsella, one of the leading online creators of high quality kitchenware and cooking essentials, has ... See more »
November 13, 2019Thailand Press Release News

LINE Thailand Hosted #LINE RETAIL TECH 2019, an Exclusive Tech Conference for Retail to Update Trends

Introducing LINE OA Plus E-Commerce project, the Latest Solution for Digital Entrepreneurs LINE RETAI... See more »
August 7, 2019Thailand Press Release News

LINE Launches LINE SHOPPING-

LINE Launches LINE SHOPPING- A Big Step to E-Commerce Business with Target of 8 Million Users This Ye... See more »
April 3, 2019Business Wire

LINE Corporation Files Its Annual Report on Form 20-F

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On March 29, 2019, LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN) (TOKYO:3938) filed its Annual R... See more »
February 11, 2019Thailand Press Release News

KBank unveils Peepchan x Mamuang LINE sticker characters, featuring their new friendship that will melt your heart

KBank recently launched Peepchan x Mamuang LINE characters, being the latest creative work between KB... See more »

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LINE Headquarters

4-1-6 Shinjuku 23th Floor JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower

Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō Prefecture160-0022

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LINE Summary

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Overview

LINE is a communication application that offers instant messages, voice calls and video calls on smartphones. LINE was founded in 2011. LINE's headquarters is located in Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō Prefecture, JP 160-0022. LINE's CEO, Takeshi Idezawa, currentl...

CEO

LINE's CEO, Takeshi Idezawa, currently has an approval rating of 64%. LINE's primary competitors are Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp.

Website

line.me

Frequently Asked Questions about LINE

  1. When was LINE founded?

    LINE was founded in 2011
  2. Who is LINE's CEO?

    LINE's CEO is Takeshi Idezawa
  3. How much revenue does LINE generate?

    LINE generates $2.2B in revenue
  4. How much funding does LINE have?

    LINE has historically raised $0 in funding
  5. Where is LINE's headquarters?

    LINE's headquarters is in Shibuya-ku Tōkyō Prefecture, JP
  1. How many employees does LINE have?

    LINE has 6,998 employees
  2. What sector does LINE operate in?

    LINE is in Application Software, Messaging, Social Media
  3. Who are LINE's competitors?

    LINE's top competitors are Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp
  4. Who has LINE invested in?

    LINE's has invested in companies such as Perx Technologies Pte., Ltd., Catalog, FOLIO Co