Posts Tagged: Japan


pixta

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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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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Line now has 390 million users with Japan and Thailand as top countries

Today, along with the opening of a new Bangkok office, the makers of Line messaging app revealed its latest user numbers – 390 million...

  • March 27, 2014
  • at 4:45 pm
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Top 5 coolest demos at Wearable Tech Japan

Organized by Asahi Shimbun, there are a number of products that demo-ed at Wearable Tech Japan conference. In this article, we list out what...

  • March 27, 2014
  • at 10:08 am
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How a high school dropout became a multi-millionaire entrepreneur

Haruhisa Okamura founder and CEO of Adways is one of the youngest founders to bring a company from zero to IPO in Japan.

  • March 25, 2014
  • at 11:08 am
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Japanese online travel log gets funding for a trip to mobile

Wanderlust, makers of Japanese online travel log Compathy announced over the weekend it raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from Incub...

  • March 24, 2014
  • at 11:47 am
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New crowdsourced jobs site helps Japanese mothers get some income without joining the rat race

Japan is the worst developed country for working mothers as horrendous working hours combine with a culture that expects stay-at-home moms t...

  • March 21, 2014
  • at 8:29 pm
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Line now has 400 million registered users

Line hits two new highs – 400 million registered users, 10 billion messages sent per day

Japan-made messaging app Line revealed today that it now has 400 million registered users. While the app is most popular in Japan, it boasts...

  • April 2, 2014
  • at 12:01 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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Akiko Naka (Wantedly CEO)

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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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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Japan's market for mobile gaming

Japan’s smartphone games market now worth $5.4 billion, half of total gaming industry

According to a new report, Japan’s domestic smartphone gaming market was worth JPY 546.8 billion (US$5.4 billion) in 2013, up a staggering...

  • March 26, 2014
  • at 1:40 pm
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ClassDo is a complete virtual classroom that gets out of the way

"ClassDo believes that technology cannot replace teachers, technology has to empower teachers instead," says ClassDo CEO Chiew Farn Chung.

  • March 25, 2014
  • at 9:08 am
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Mespo, a Google Analytics for retailers, bridges merchants and customers in Japan

Meet Mespo, an in-store customer relations service by Tokyo-based Hyper8 that’s essentially like a Google Analytics for retailers.

  • March 24, 2014
  • at 10:32 am
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With a little imagination, this wearable device can turn your broom into a samurai sword.

Tokyo-based startup Moff is building a piece of wearable tech that lets kids play using their creativity and imagination.

  • March 21, 2014
  • at 3:38 pm
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