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10 Sep 2015 | Tokyo

リクルート、出資先の“99designs”において楽天が開催するフリマアプリ『ラクマ』の
WEBページデザインコンテストを企画支援


 株式会社リクルートホールディングス(本社:東京都千代田区、代表取締役社長 兼 CEO:峰岸真澄、以下リクルート)は、出資先である世界最大級のクラウドソーシング型デザインマーケットプレイス99designs, Inc. (本社: 米国オークランド、CEO: Patrick Llewellyn)において楽天株式会社(本社:東京都世田谷区、代表取締役会長兼社長:三木谷 浩史)のフリマアプリ『ラクマ』が開催するWEBページデザインコンテストの企画支援を実施致しますのでご報告いたします。

1.本件の目的、99designs,Incについて
 99designs, Inc. は、世界192カ国100万人超のデザイナーを活用したクラウドソーシング型マーケットプレイスを運営する企業です。コンテスト/プロジェクト形式にてロゴやグラフィックデザインサービスを提供し、企業は高品質なデザインを安価に製作することが可能になります。同社は2008年のサービス提供開始以降、デザイン分野における主要な企業の一つに位置付けられており、現在までに約43万回のコンテストを開催し、参加したデザイナーへの報酬支払実績は累計120百万ドルにも達します。
 リクルートは、同社への出資を通して、「デザイナーが時間と場所を選ばずに、世界中のクライアントの仕事を受けることができる世界」の創造へのチャレンンジを支援してきました。今回、99designsの普及および認知拡大に向けた更なる取組み強化の一環として、同社の日本企業とは初めてのタイアップとなる楽天株式会社の運営するフリマアプリ『ラクマ』のWEBページデザインコンテストの企画支援を実施いたします。

2.デザインコンテスト開催概要
◆参加方法
下記のWEBページよりお申し込みください。
http://99designs.jp/lp/collaboration-rakuten-rakuma/
◆対象者
99designsにデザイナー登録いただいている方はどなたでも応募可能です。
※Illustrator/Photoshopによるイラストレーションスキルが必要です。
◆応募受付期間
2015年9月10日(木)~2015年9月27日(日)
◆テーマ楽天のフリマアプリ『ラクマ』紹介ページのリニューアルデザイン
※現在の当該ページ:https://rakuma.rakuten.co.jp/
◆賞金1,000ドル
※賞金は米国ドルで99designs,IncよりPaypalによって支払われます。
◆デザインの取り扱いについて
・コンテスト開催後「ラクマ」担当者は、優勝したWEBデザインを基に、対象ページのリニューアルを検討します。検討の結果、リニューアルに至らない可能性もございます。
・優勝したWEBデザインをリニューアルに採用する際には、優勝WEBデザインを基にデザイン修正を行う可能性がございます。
・デザインの応募・譲渡については99designsの利用規約、著作権譲渡契約に従って実施して頂きます。
◆当コンテスト内容に関するお問い合わせ先
https://support.99designs.com/hc/ja/requests/new

▼リクルートグループについて
http://www.recruit.co.jp/

▼リクルートのプレスリリース
日本語/Japanese : http://www.recruit.jp/newsdata/release/2015/091016235.html
英語/English : http://www.recruit-rgf.com/newsdata/release/2015/09107670.html

15 Apr 2015 | San Francisco

The global leader in logo design also adds Accel venture partner Rob Solomon to 99designs board of directors

SAN FRANCISCO – April 15, 2015 – 99designs, the world’s largest marketplace for graphic design, today announced it has received $10 million in a strategic Series B round of funding led by Recruit Strategic Partners, the Silicon Valley based venture capital arm of Japan’s Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. Accel – the lead investor for 99designs’ Series A in 2011 has also reinvested and added partner Rob Solomon to the board.

According to 99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn, the Recruit investment represents a strategic move to support the company’s further international expansion, particularly in Japan and other parts of Asia where Recruit is a dominant force in information services and marketplace matching services. In addition to helping accelerate worldwide growth, partnering with Recruit also opens the door to a wider corporate customer base for design services.

“We knew that we would need the right partner to enter Japan and expand our footprint in the broader Asia market,” explained Llewellyn. “Recruit believes crowdsourcing and marketplaces are an important part of the future of work and in empowering people to follow their dreams and find opportunity. This is something we have been doing successfully for designers and small businesses around the world since 2008, so the fit with our business is perfect.”

Recruit Strategic Partners (“RSP”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Recruit, a Japan-based holding company that started as one of the first employment marketplaces and has evolved into the world’s largest matching platform across verticals including human resources, travel, real estate, bridal and dining.

“Investing in 99designs fits in with Recruit’s goal of becoming the number-one company in global matching across multiple sectors,” said Recruit Strategic Partners’ President & Managing Director Akihiko Okamoto. “They have helped more than 350,000 businesses launch and grow and paid out more than $110 million to designers around the world. With this investment, we can help them promote their global design platform throughout Asia and beyond.”

Accel’s participation in this round reflects the firm’s strong belief in 99designs’ strategic growth decisions. The addition of Accel venture partner Rob Solomon to the board of directors is also part of the company’s ongoing efforts to build a strong global consumer Internet brand. Most recently prior to Accel, Solomon served as President and COO at Groupon, where he led operations through the company’s hyper-growth phase and helped it scale into one of the fastest-growing companies ever.

“Since Accel Partners’ initial investment in 99designs four years ago, I’ve watched the company expand into new markets and evolve from a pioneer in contest-based logo design into a thriving marketplace for designers and SMBs to connect,” said Solomon. “As a board member, I’m excited to help them reach the next phase in their growth.”

About Recruit Holdings

Founded in 1960, Recruit Holdings is a leading information services and human resources company in Japan. Through a wide range of services, Recruit is delivering new discoveries and opportunities to users with information in such fields as employment, education, housing, marriage, travel, restaurants, beauty, cars, hobbies, and lifestyles. Recruit has more than 30,000 employees and operates in Asia and North America.

Recruit Strategic Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Recruit in Japan, is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing in innovative companies from all around the U.S. It offers industry knowledge and expertise to our entrepreneurs and is an integral part of Recruit's global investment business. Recruit Strategic Partners co-invests with leading venture capital firms in the U.S..

About Accel Partners

Founded in 1983 and based in Palo Alto, California, Accel has a long history of partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class businesses. Accel has helped entrepreneurs build more than 300 successful technology companies, many of which have defined their categories, including AdMob, AirWatch, Atlassian, Braintree, Campaign Monitor, Cloudera, Couchbase, Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, Fusion-IO, Groupon, Hootsuite, Kayak, Lookout, MoPub, Nimble Storage, Opower, OzForex, QlikTech, Qualtrics, Real Networks, Riverbed, Rovio, SeatGeek, Spotify, Squarespace, SuperCell, Trulia and VSCO.

About 99designs

99designs, the world’s largest logo design and graphic design marketplace, has helped more than 350,000 businesses access quality design at an affordable price and paid out more than $110 million to designers across the world. 99designs pioneered crowd-sourced design contests, where businesses receive a wide variety of design concepts and choose their favorite, and expanded to provide services for customers to work 1-to-1 with individual designers, purchase design templates from the ready-made logo store, or get small design projects done within an hour through Tasks. With more than 950,000 designers from 192 countries around the world, 99designs’ suite of services helps businesses succeed through great design created by a robust community of talented graphic designers. Headquartered in San Francisco, 99designs has operations in Australia, Germany and Brazil.