Venture Funding

Memebox Closes $35 Million Series D

SAN FRANCISCO — Memebox, a Korean-beauty startup that builds fast-to-market brands powered by data-driven consumer insights, has closed a $35 million Series D funding round led by JJDC.

This takes Memebox, which graduated from accelerator program Y Combinator in 2014, to $190 million in funding to date. Other investors in the company include Formation Group and Goodwater Capital.

The funding will be used to accelerate overall growth for Memebox. With K-Beauty principles at its core, the company has a diverse portfolio of best-selling private label brands including I Dew Care, Kaja, Nooni and Pony Effect powered by the latest Korean technology and formulations. Memebox will continue to strengthen its portfolio of indie brands by investing in digital and working with innovative manufacturing and retail partners.

“We want to build the next generation of personal care brands by leveraging Korean technology across beauty categories. We work closely with our strategic partners so that together we can imagine and create the next cult product. We are laser-focused on predicting and delivering what consumers are craving and believe taking a science-focused approach is key,” said Hyungseok Dino Ha, CEO and founder of Memebox. “That’s why we are excited about the investment by JJDC as we will leverage the company’s global capabilities and scientific expertise which will enable us to take a big step forward in our focus on innovation, R&D, and ultimately, reaching a global audience.”

The company unveiled a K-Beauty color makeup line, Kaja, in September in partnership with makeup chain Sephora.