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Sansan Launches Contact Sharing Service in the US

Sansan, Inc., the #1 contact management service provider in Japan, today announced it has launched its self-titled service in the United States. Sansan was founded on the concept of being able to share the information collected on business cards with co-workers. Sansan took the service they had in Japan and restyled it for the US market, making it a freemium, mobile-first contact sharing service. The company recently announced that it raised $14 million from VC firm DCM and strategic investors such as salesforce.com and that it has partnered with large US based companies such as Dell Inc. Utilizing the know-how and experience of these partners, Sansan already has more than 300 company users with the beta version and aims to create a new market for contact sharing in the US.

“We want to transform the way organizations leverage their contacts” said the Sansan CEO Chika Terada. “Our product is simple yet provides a very powerful tool to upload and organize information collected from business cards. I believe that Sansan will contribute to improving business people’s productivity.”

“Business cards are very pervasive worldwide, therefore a business card contact sharing service naturally brings great value to a large audience,” said Jason Krikorian, general partner at DCM. “But Sansan goes beyond just business card management and offers tools that enhance the way organizations think about, and interact with their relationships. This is powerful stuff.”

Some key information about Sansan:

  • Simply take a picture or scan business cards received, and Sansan uploads the information to a cloud based contact system.
  • Data is transcribed accurately for free.
  • Sansan syncs with all major email and phone apps used in the U.S. Customized for U.S. users.
  • All data on Sansan is managed with the highest level of security.
  • Over 2000 companies mainly in Japan are already using Sansan's premium service.
  • The basic plan of Sansan is free. Professional options are also available.

Plans and service specifications

Sansan application is available for smartphones.
for iPhone
for Android

Basic plan: This is a free version. Users are allowed to transcribe up to 50 business cards a month. They can manage and share these business cards with their colleagues. Sansan contains no advertisements. The Sansan Scanner is also available as an option.

Professional plan: This version costs the user $10 a month. In addition to the features of the basic plan, it also allows the users to access the Sansan database from their PCs and export information to salesforce.com. It also allows the user to export to and import from CSV format files. There are advanced search functions. The customer needs a contract of more than one Sansan Scanner for the Professional Plan.

Sansan Scanner Option: This option is $150 a month per set. With the Sansan Scanner, users can efficiently scan dozens of cards (both sides) at the same time. The Sansan Scanner is available for both plans.

About Sansan, Inc.

Since its founding in 2007, Sansan has focused on delivering its cloud-based contact management service to customers in Japan and beyond. Sansan's business card transcription service and cloud-based collaborative contact management software has empowered businesses to leverage and share their network as a team, enhancing productivity and unlocking new opportunities. Sansan is based in Tokyo, Japan.

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Reference: Sansan’s venture round release, TechCrunch article

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