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Former Huffington Post editor-in-chief joins Japan’s SmartNews

The hiring shows that SmartNews wants to be more than just another news app.

By David Corbin

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  • September 19, 2014
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The Oculus Rift roller coaster, and other sights from Ad:Tech Tokyo

The annual advertising event attracted a lot of big names but also some exciting startups.

By David Corbin

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  • September 19, 2014
  • at 2:00 pm

This Japanese app tells you which local stores hire hot men

When selecting which restaurant or store to visit, you need as many data points as possible.

By David Corbin

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  • September 18, 2014
  • at 11:30 am
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Education startup company Mana.bo nets $3.07M to enter B2C sales

The cash will be used for marketing and tech development as well.

By David Corbin

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  • September 18, 2014
  • at 1:00 am

This woman left a corporate job to bootstrap a babysitting service in Japan

The babysitting website addresses a critical issue but it has a major rival in Gree.

By David Corbin

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  • September 16, 2014
  • at 6:00 pm

INSEAD entrepreneurship professor Patrick Turner passes away

INSEAD Professor Patrick Turner, best known for his class on entrepreneurship, "Your First One Hundr...

By David Corbin

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  • September 15, 2014
  • at 11:15 am

Make a $2,000 purchase using only your name and email address with this Japanese startup

Paidy is diving into the risky side of payments by vouching for customer purchases.

By David Corbin

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  • September 12, 2014
  • at 3:58 pm

11 options for Japanese online shopping that aren’t Rakuten or Yahoo

There are many more options than just Rakuten and Yahoo.

By David Corbin

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  • September 12, 2014
  • at 11:25 am
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Apple Watch looks awesome. But it’s too expensive for Asia.

Even if the technology holds up, the price is too high for Asian consumers.

By David Corbin

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  • September 10, 2014
  • at 4:39 am

Rakuten confirms Ebates acquisition, Ebates CEO admits Alibaba threat encouraged his decision

Rakuten’s international business just got a shot in the arm.

By David Corbin

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  • September 9, 2014
  • at 5:24 pm
Alibaba to raise up to $24 billion in biggest ever US IPO

Financial trading startup 8 Securities ties itself to the Alibaba IPO rocket, offers free Alibaba shares to new account owners

The “Alibaba economy” has found another beneficiary.

By David Corbin

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  • September 8, 2014
  • at 6:18 pm
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Rakuten confirms attempt to buy US coupon firm Ebates; stock falls 4% over rumored $1B price

The move creates a new revenue stream in the US.

By David Corbin

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  • September 8, 2014
  • at 12:52 pm
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Kaizen lets you crowdsource growth-hack solutions (#StartupAsia Arena)

With simultaneous A/B testing, Kaizen crowdsources solutions to optimizing conversion rates.

By David Corbin

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  • September 4, 2014
  • at 4:29 pm
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Taizo Son: “We are at the start of a new paradigm shift in technology, to the Internet of Things” (#StartupAsia)

Son believes that the Internet of Things is the next big revolution following the smartphone.

By David Corbin

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  • September 4, 2014
  • at 1:14 pm
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Highlights from day 1 afternoon sessions at Startup Asia Tokyo 2014

Here’s a recap of the second half of the first day of Tech in Asia’s inaugural event in...

By David Corbin

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  • September 3, 2014
  • at 5:54 pm

These major Japanese banks want to give $30M to startups. But their plan could be misguided.

The money is great. But are the terms?

By David Corbin

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  • September 1, 2014
  • at 11:30 pm

Adways’ first global push stalled. Its second one is catching fire.

Japan’s Adways did not let a setback slow it down. Now it is in 11 countries.

By David Corbin

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  • September 1, 2014
  • at 5:32 pm
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Discussion: Is it time for Japanese corporations to get involved in the startup scene? (#StartupAsia preview)

Where is Japan’s startup ecosystem heading? Find out here!

By David Corbin

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  • August 29, 2014
  • at 11:30 am