Posts Categorized: Startups


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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Get the dirt on how little-known Metaps roped in Line and Zynga as clients (#StartupAsia preview)

Companies large and small are always eager to get their apps in front of eyeballs, and equally keen to measure how much money they’re...

  • July 24, 2014
  • at 6:18 pm
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Tesla rival? Japan’s coolest electric sports car is ready to roll

Japanese startup GLM partners with racing car manufacturer TommyKaira to create electronic sports cars.

  • July 23, 2014
  • at 5:30 pm
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Why 7 of the 11 Fortune 100 auto companies are AdNear clients

What Volkswagen, Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and BMW have in common, apart from being Fortune 100 auto majors, is that they...

  • July 17, 2014
  • at 2:43 pm
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[Exclusive] Japanese businessmen started a $10M fund to be the next Andreessen/Horowitz… in Singapore

Shuhei Morofuji and Hideki Fujita are moving to Singapore. Their $10M fund will mostly target seed and Series A cross-border startups in Sou...

  • July 17, 2014
  • at 10:29 am
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Android apps connected to Japan’s Metaps have been downloaded 1 billion times – find out what the firm is working on now

Metaps is taking its online payment solution to the US and EU. Afterwards, it wants to create an ecommerce system that does not require conv...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 7:00 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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After first product failed to go global, BuzzElement turns to Malaysia’s shopping malls

What’s a startup to do after failing to take over the world with an ultra-global social network? In the case of BuzzElement, the answer is...

  • July 25, 2014
  • at 3:03 pm
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Mitsubishi SVP: Our next fund will target American startups

Yoshihiko Kawamura lent his perspective on the challenges facing Japan’s startups in a frank, wide-ranging interview with Tech in Asia.

  • July 24, 2014
  • at 3:30 pm
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Duolingo brings free English language learning to 5 new Asian markets

Duolingo, the language-learning app that’s translating the internet, arrives in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

  • July 18, 2014
  • at 3:15 pm
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B Dash Ventures preparing new fund, will triple size to $60 million

Hiroyuki Watanabe found enough success with the first B Dash Ventures fund that he is trying triple the size of the new one according to rep...

  • July 17, 2014
  • at 1:30 pm
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Where do companies like Rakuten, Alibaba, and Youtube find translators? Gengo. (#StartupAsia preview)

Founder Robert Laing will be on stage for a fireside chat, where we'll warmly welcome him with burning questions like, "Why can't I just use...

  • July 17, 2014
  • at 10:00 am
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Japanese-American entrepreneur William Saito: I only bet on those who have failed

William Saito discusses the state of Japan’s startup ecosystem, what’s holding it back, and how it can eventually thrive.

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 4:34 pm
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