Posts Categorized: Startups



A primer on sealing the deal with Japanese investors (Tech in Asia Meetup Singapore)

Japanese investors have been investing more in Southeast Asia. That is why we are inviting Saemin Ahn, managing partner at Rakuten Ventures,...

  • April 24, 2014
  • at 6:09 pm
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Music startup Beatrobo gets $1.1 million funding to reinvent the mixtape

Japanese convenience store chain Lawson will announce its US$1.1 million series A investment in Tokyo-based startup Beatrobo.

  • April 20, 2014
  • at 11:24 pm
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This Japanese entrepreneur is freeing small businesses from their accounting nightmares

Founded by Daisuke Sasaki and Ryu Yokoji in July 2012, freee aims to make bookkeeping and accounting quick and easy.

  • April 17, 2014
  • at 9:08 am
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Meet Kensuke Furukawa, the serial entrepreneur who founded Japan’s hottest lifehacking site

Nanapi is Japan’s largest lifehack media site that has 28 million visitors and generates over 60 million pageviews every month.

  • April 14, 2014
  • at 7:29 pm
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Oracle’s Larry Ellison talks about Edward Snowden, isn’t a big fan

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was in Tokyo to deliver a speech at the New Economy Summit 2014. He spoke about data privacy and his experience wor...

  • April 10, 2014
  • at 1:08 pm
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Despite the naysayers, Pixta became Japan’s biggest stock photo marketplace

Founded in 2005 by Daisuke Komata, Pixta is Japan’s largest stock photo marketplace for both amateur and professional photographers to upl...

  • April 4, 2014
  • at 6:15 pm
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6 startups graduate from latest Docomo Innovation Village incubator

Japanese telco NTT Docomo (NYSE:DCM) held its latest Docomo Innovation Village demo day last week. It’s the second running of its startup...

  • March 31, 2014
  • at 7:25 pm
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Mercari raises $14 million, plans to open U.S office next month

Tokyo-based mobile C2C shopping app, Mercari, has raised $14 million from Global Brain, Globis Capital Partners, Itochu Technology Ventures,...

  • March 31, 2014
  • at 11:52 am
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Why you need to pay attention to Japan’s startup ecosystem (Startup Asia)

Wantedly CEO Akiko Naka was born and raised in Japan. After a brief stint at Goldman Sachs right out of college, Naka returned to her home ...

  • March 28, 2014
  • at 9:30 am
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Accounting SaaS startup freee nets $8 million in funding, aims for one million SMBs in Japan

Japan's top accounting SaaS startup, freee, has netted US$8 million in series B funding from DCM and Infinity Venture Partners (IVP).

  • April 23, 2014
  • at 11:23 am
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Tokyo Otaku Mode gets series A funding to grow its anime estore

Anime fan-site turned ecommerce portal Tokyo Otaku Mode has got its hands on series A funding worth JPY 270 million - that’s US$2.64 milli...

  • April 17, 2014
  • at 2:48 pm
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This Japanese startup handles over 1 trillion bid requests every month

Geniee is a real-time bidding (RTB) ad network startup that serves up to 20 to 30 billion impressions per month.

  • April 15, 2014
  • at 9:58 am
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From salaryman to entrepreneur: the man who made it easier to print stuff in Japan

“Why can’t small printing companies get printing orders in a more efficient manner?” Matsumoto, founder of Raksul.com thought.

  • April 11, 2014
  • at 3:30 pm
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Jerry Yang: Urgency drives innovation

“It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur,” says Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo, at the New Economy Summit (NES) held in Tokyo, Japan ...

  • April 10, 2014
  • at 10:26 am
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Metaps challenges PayPal with new zero-commission epayment service

One Japanese startup is looking to challenge PayPal by attracting ecommerce merchants and businesses to its new, zero-commission epayment se...

  • April 1, 2014
  • at 5:42 pm
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Crowdsourced A/B testing platform Kaizen raises $5 million

Kaizen, the Japanese company behind planBCD, a growth hacking crowdsourcing platform, has raised US$5 million from Fidelity Growth Partners ...

  • March 31, 2014
  • at 11:57 am
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How a musician-turned-entrepreneur built a company that generates over $400 million per year

In Japan, people in the IT industry will have heard of Koki Sato, CEO & President at Septeni Holdings.

  • March 28, 2014
  • at 1:20 pm
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Reprimanded by his manager, frustrated real estate agent left to start Japan’s largest property portal

Takashi Inoue, founder and CEO of NEXT, is responsible for HOME’S, one of Japan’s largest real estate listings and housing information s...

  • March 27, 2014
  • at 11:08 am
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