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37 startups in Asia that caught our eye

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Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us or tell us about your startup on this form. Any juicy tech news tips go here. Enjoy this week’s list!

1. Ralali | Indonesia

Ralali is a B2C ecommerce site from Indonesia which sells industrial supplies as well as MRO (maintenance, repair, and operational) equipment. The startup announced this week that it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from East Ventures.


2. Candy | Singapore

Candy is a platform developed by Singapore-based YOYO Holdings where by completing “missions” such as surveys or viewing advertisments, users are rewarded with prepaid phone credits that can be used for making calls or using mobile internet. This week, the company announced has secured funding from Gree Ventures, Cyberagent Ventures, and Incubate Fund.


3. HelloMarket | South Korea

First started in 2011, South Korea-based HelloMarket is like Craigslist on steroids, with a better interface oriented around photos and a built-in escrow payments system. This week, the HelloMarket team revealed that it has secured funding from led by Korea’s GS HomeShopping, along with input from Hanhwa Investment, Daesung Private Equity, and, Hanbit Investment.


4. I3 Precision | Singapore

Singapore’s I3 Precision has a primary goal to reduce medication errors, improve patient safety, and increase productivity for hospitals and pharmacies. With that, the company is creating an independent medication registration and identification system called Medsafe, with Red Dot Ventures as their investor.


5. Unified Inbox | Singapore

Launched in 2012, Singapore-based Unified Inbox allows users to pull in data from email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or SMS. It also has connectors to Basecamp, Dropbox and Evernote. The mobile app is integrated with Line, WeChat and Whatsapp as well. That’s how it melds together email, social media, and enterprise messaging.


6. Freakout | Japan

FreakOut, Japan’s first and largest demand-side platform (DSP) for real-time bidding (RTB) on digital advertising was approved for IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Mothers index earlier today. FreakOut’s DSP platform matches brands with the most effective advertising spot for each impression by utilizing a massive amount of stored audience data.


7. AfterShip | Hong Kong

Founded in 2012, AfterShip, the Hong Kong-based startup that offers package tracking software for big-name ecommerce firms, announced that it completed series A funding round from China’s IDG-Accel. The company tracks over three million shipments per month, and serves well-known merchants including Groupon, Zalora, and Etsy.


8. SanSan | Japan

Founded in 2007, Sansan is a Japanese startup that specializes in scanning and storing business card details. The company has secured funding led by Silicon Valley investment firm DCM. A leader in its field in Japan, the company will now use the money to launch its product in the US and extend its reach in Asia.


9. Ximalaya | China

Ximalaya is a Shanghai-based audio-streaming startup (bears a strong resemblance to Soundcloud), recently closed a series A funding round led by big name VC firms including Kleiner Perkins, Sierra Ventures, and SIG China.


10. 8securities | Hong Kong

8Securities is a financial trading and dashboard startup that has recently unveiled its Japanese site this week. The launch represents the completion of a key goal as the startup had been targeting Japan for expansion since late 2012.


11. Peatix | Japan

Peatix is an online events management and ticketing startup from Japan. The company has revealed to have achieved notable progress since its launch in 2011. With more than 17,000 events on its platform in 25 countries, Peatix’s growth is something its founders attribute to their ability to focus on customers’ needs.


12. HalalMinds | Japan

Launched in April this year, HalalMinds is an app created by a PhD student from Kyushu University to help fellow Muslims locate and identify the sometimes elusive halal products available in Japan. The main feature of HalalMinds is a barcode scanner that can be used while grocery shopping and a halal restaurant locator, a “Qibla compass” that shows the correct direction to face for daily prayers, and daily Quran verses.


13. Gengo | Japan

Founded in 2008, Tokyo-based Gengo is a translation platform boasts a network of 10,822 translators across 114 countries, who are translating at a rate of four words per second, or 240 words per minute. According to the founder, ‘Gengo can translate twice as fast as a live translator can speak in a minute, or six times faster than the average person can type in a minute.’


14. DrWealth | Singapore

Singapore-based DrWealth is a financial planning platform, which hopes to provide cost effective, easy-to-use and high-quality financial planning and tracking solutions for the masses.


15. Ripplrz | Philippines

Ripplrz, a new conference series born in Manila, is drawing inspiration from those programming marathons by running hackathons without the hacking. Instead of having developers chip away at their computers, it sets up the hackathon premise in reverse: brick-and-mortar businesses sit down with mentors, which includes local and international startup founders and experts, and come up with a solution for a specific business problem.


16. Wumi | China

A clone of Secret, China’s anonymous confessional app Mimi disappeared from iOS in mysterious circumstances. Now it’s heading back to the App Store with a new name and a refreshed and less derivative UI. Now, it’s called Wumi, which means ‘no secrets’.


17. Eigooo | Japan

Tokyo-based startup Eigooo hopes to become a household name by keeping things simple. Facing competition from brick-and-mortar eikaiwa schools and online video chat services, Eigooo focuses on text-only chatting with real-time correction. Avoiding face-to-face interaction just may prove to be the company’s key to success.

Eigooo graduated from Movida Japan last November and is set to take part in the incubator’s upcoming demo day on June 3rd.


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