Posts Categorized: Startups



Japanese market research startup gets $2.2 million in fresh funding

The funding shows VC interest in O20.

  • August 22, 2014
  • at 6:22 pm
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Sekai Labs saves Japanese corporations from their lack of engineers

The firm acts as a gateway to Japanese speaking developers around Asia.

  • August 19, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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Born in Vietnam and raised in Y Combinator, Kimono wants to API-ify the entire Internet

Kimono puts the power of data analysis into the hands of anyone. No coding required.

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 11:32 am
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After helping Skype and Box, Itochu Technology Ventures wants your startup to win in Japan

ITV is earmarking 30% of it’s next fund for Southeast Asia. The firm says its ability to bring foreign firms into Japan is the key.

  • August 11, 2014
  • at 8:30 pm
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This Japanese entrepreneur left his wife and kids for 18 months in order to create a new education service

The company promises to educate students about their learning style and then give them access to notes of users who have already entered uni...

  • August 7, 2014
  • at 4:30 pm
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This university dropout turned down Japan’s top tech firms to follow his own entrepreneurial path

Infoteria founder and CEO Pina Hirano is the nail that stuck out - but refused to get hammered down.

  • August 5, 2014
  • at 9:12 pm
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Why leading VC firm JAFCO is not giving up on Japan

Keisuke Miyoshi of JAFCO’s investment division is optimistic about local startups. JAFCO spends an average of $80M every year searching f...

  • August 1, 2014
  • at 3:30 pm
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Meet Yoshiaki Ishii, the government official who can save startups in Japan

Ishii has been supporting Japanese SMEs since 1992. Now he is trying to push through a variety of programs and legal reforms to help Japanes...

  • July 30, 2014
  • at 3:30 pm
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Crowdsourcing is eating outsourcing, but Japanese giant Transcosmos will invest in startups to stay ahead

Japanese outsourcing giant Transcosmos is preparing for a coming challenge from the crowdsourcing industry by making limited investments in ...

  • July 28, 2014
  • at 11:00 am
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Terra Motors wants to help Iran curb air pollution with ebikes

Japanese electric two and three-wheeler startup pushes into West Asia with distribution partnership in Iran.

  • August 20, 2014
  • at 2:58 pm
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Here’s what Docomo and KDDI are doing to promote startups in Asia (#StartupAsia preview)

Japan's top two wireless carriers have venture capital arms, big funds, and incubators to give Asian startups that first push.

  • August 14, 2014
  • at 7:42 pm
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Master anything from songwriting to Swahili with ClassDo – now in more than 100 countries

The platform's all-in-one interface offers a collaborative whiteboard, video, and text chat - without downloads or installs.

  • August 11, 2014
  • at 9:17 pm
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After US expansion, Japanese business card management service Sansan enters Singapore

Following a warm reception in the US, Sansan turns its gaze toward the lucrative ASEAN market.

  • August 8, 2014
  • at 7:00 am
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Crowdfunding in Japan: Flashy glasses, a stealth tablet, and a ruler for guessing when your pet will die

Feeling generous? Here are six more quirky projects, currently crowdfunding in Japan.

  • August 6, 2014
  • at 4:27 pm
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Taking part in the discussion are Taizo Son, CEO at Movida, Kevin Hale, partner at Y Combinator, and Dave McClure, founding partner at 500 Startups.

How can the US and Japan embrace Asia? (#StartupAsia preview)

Taking part in the discussion are Taizo Son, CEO at Movida, Kevin Hale, partner at Y Combinator, and Dave McClure, founding partner at 500 S...

  • August 1, 2014
  • at 6:29 pm
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Fukuoka Takashima interview

Japan’s most startup-focused mayor wants to turn his city into an entrepreneurial hub

Unless you live in Japan, finding Fukuoka on a map might be difficult. But the city's mayor wants to put it on the global startup map.

  • July 30, 2014
  • at 4:30 pm
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Why Rebright Partners predicts a bright future for Southeast Asia (#StartupAsia preview)

Rebright Partners founder Takeshi Ebihara shares secrets on funding startups in Southeast Asia, and explains why Japanese investors are inte...

  • July 28, 2014
  • at 2:45 pm
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Picture this: Japanese photo sharing app Snapeee grabs $4 million funding round

Snapeee will use the funds to expand its business to 10 million registered accounts by the end of the year. Key markets will be Indonesia an...

  • July 28, 2014
  • at 8:20 am
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