Posts Tagged: Japan

Gree leads $36M investment in Japan’s SmartNews

The investment will diversify Gree's mobile holdings as it looks to supplement lost gaming revenue.

  • August 8, 2014
  • at 3:15 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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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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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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Rakuten: Viber has 608 million registered accounts, is the future of our company

Viber's company's growth comes at a time when Rakuten wants to make the messaging service an essential component of the larger conglomerate.

  • August 4, 2014
  • at 4:59 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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SoftBank acquisition of US telco threatened by $15B offer from French rival (UPDATED)

SoftBank and T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom had a deal but French telco Iliad is trying to swoop in and take the prize.

  • August 1, 2014
  • at 8:13 am
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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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Another clever Japanese invention: Splash-proof soy sauce ‘foam’ is now on Kickstarter

With global ambitions, Kyoto Soy Foam skipped on Japanese crowdfunding sites and opted for a Kickstarter campaign.

  • July 29, 2014
  • at 11:18 am
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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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DeNA operating profit tumbles 59%, hope found in alternative businesses

The gaming giant will dedicate most of resources to games but is hedging its bets with a variety of news businesses such as manga and DNA te...

  • August 6, 2014
  • at 6:25 pm
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Line announces $100M fund just for mobile games, acquires 10% stake in Gumi

The $100M fund will first be used to acquire a 10 percent stake in Gumi which will begin producing games for the Line platform by the end of...

  • August 6, 2014
  • at 3:17 pm
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Car-on-demand company Uber unveils world’s first UberTaxiLux in Tokyo

Uber has outgrown local demand in Tokyo and has launched two new services in order to keep up.

  • August 5, 2014
  • at 5:00 pm
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8 Securities raises $9M series B round, launches automated wealth management service

Now managing US$760 million in customer assets, 8 Securities is ready to conquer the Japanese market with its wealth management tool.

  • August 2, 2014
  • at 11:00 am
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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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Line revenues spike 25% to $177 million as messaging app shotguns towards IPO

Japanese mobile messenger Line just keeps raking in cash.

  • July 31, 2014
  • at 2:09 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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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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