Posts Categorized: Startups

Startups are Tech in Asia’s bread and butter. As Asia’s startup ecosystems grow, we’ll be here to document both their successes and failures. From seed-stage bootstrappers to multimillion-dollar exits, every startup worth its salt deserves a chance to be heard.

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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.

  • September 19, 2014
  • at 3:00 pm
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Education startup company nets $3.07M to enter B2C sales

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

  • September 18, 2014
  • at 1:00 am
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Despite relatively small funding amounts, experts agree that Japan is on the cusp of a startup bubble

The CEOs of two hot young startups and the VCs that funded them unanimously agree that a bubble is forming - but don't believe everything yo...

  • September 8, 2014
  • at 3:30 pm
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Capy replaces Captcha gibberish with puzzles that any human can solve – but computers can’t (#StartupAsia Arena)

Capy took the stage at Startup Arena Tokyo to pitch its safer, easier version of Captcha.

  • September 4, 2014
  • at 4:36 pm
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This is where the Saito brothers invest their money in Japan (#StartupAsia)

While they agreed with much of each others’ advice during a fireside chat on stage at Startup Asia Tokyo 2014, their preferred sectors rar...

  • September 4, 2014
  • at 11:49 am
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Startup Arena alumni Studio Ousia lands $1M in new funding

The company behind Phroni, Linkify, and Linkplaza will use the new funds for deeper research into "entity linking."

  • September 3, 2014
  • at 1:51 pm
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Japan is finally opening up to the rest of the tech world

Will Japan be able to marry its strong history of hardware innovation and build mass appeal for the next generation of software-based techno...

  • September 1, 2014
  • at 6:58 pm
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How the crazy talented Saito brothers are giving back to Japan’s startup scene (#StartupAsia preview)

Daniel and William Saito, venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs, will speak at Startup Asia Tokyo.

  • August 28, 2014
  • at 8:23 pm
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Why BizReach, the job placement service for executives, is not slowing down

Japan’s traditionally placid job market is heating up and BizReach is ready for a new wave of job-seekers.

  • August 28, 2014
  • at 5:30 pm
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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.

  • September 18, 2014
  • at 11:30 am
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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.

  • September 16, 2014
  • at 6:00 pm
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Moneytree wants to help ‘appwardly mobile consumers’ wrangle their personal finances (#StartupAsia Arena)

Moneytree is already pre-installed on all of the iPhones in Apple Japan's retail stores - but will the Arena judges want to install it on th...

  • September 4, 2014
  • at 4:54 pm
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Social wealth management startup 8 Securities builds trust in Japan, sets eyes on China (#StartupAsia Arena)

8 Securities took the stage at Startup Asia Tokyo 2014 to pitch in the Startup Arena competition.

  • September 4, 2014
  • at 3:48 pm
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10 ways Japanese entrepreneurs are different from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs (#StartupAsia)

Panelists at Startup Asia Tokyo from Beenos, Movida Japan, Y Combinator, and 500Startups dig into ten key ways that Japan’s startup ecosys...

  • September 4, 2014
  • at 11:15 am
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We’re finding the next billion dollar startup at Arena Tokyo (#StartupAsia preview)

Eight startups will take the stage to present to a panel of judges at Startup Asia Tokyo 2014.

  • September 2, 2014
  • at 10:04 am
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Rovio exec quits to help a Japanese music startup go global

Rovio’s top man in Japan gambles on new role at Beatrobo, a tiny hardware startup that hopes to reinvent the mixtape for our digital era.

  • September 1, 2014
  • at 3:45 pm
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EventRegist’s founder didn’t let a successful career stop him from starting up

EventRegist - co-founded by former Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google employees - is a one-stop-shop for event planning.

  • August 28, 2014
  • at 6:30 pm
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Curazy, Japan’s BuzzFeed is going viral. You won’t believe its exit plan.

After a 9gag clone showed promise, the team decided to become Japan’s BuzzFeed.

  • August 25, 2014
  • at 2:01 pm
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