Posts Tagged: Japan



Poached! Google’s Chief Business Officer joins Japanese telco giant SoftBank

Nikesh Arora, a 10-year Google veteran, will leave Mountain View and join the ranks of Japan’s most aggressive telco. Arora will join the ...

  • July 18, 2014
  • at 9:04 am
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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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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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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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Jack Ma: The C2B business model is an “undeniable trend”

Jack Ma says that recent advances in big data will make B2C business models obsolete. Firms must customize their products or die.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 2:00 pm
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Line seeks to emulate Hello Kitty with an empire of cute

A look at how one chat app could provide a blueprint for Japan's cultural resurgence.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 12:00 pm
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KDDI Labo introduces five new startups in its 6th Demo Day

Filme won the audience award and MistCDN won the prize for best startup. Take a look to see which of the companies are worth watching.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 10:30 am
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Japan’s Netprice.com to rebrand as BEENOS – pivots to venture capital with “Inception Program”

Japan’s BEENOS creates “Inception” program - requires 70% equity to join. Idea created by Open Network Lab co-founder Hiro Maeda.

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 4:00 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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The story behind Japan’s largest online property portal (#StartupAsia preview)

“I was frustrated by the information gap between property developers and the end consumers. Even when I’m part of the real estate indust...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 8:08 pm
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Line’s new ecommerce app for Thailand is the scruffy cousin to its shopping app in Japan

Thai shoppers, rejoice – popular Japanese chat app Line, which has 24 million registered users in the Land of Smiles, just rolled out ...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 6:09 pm
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Line files for IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange as well as in US (Update: confirmed)

Line is set to file for a huge IPO with the Tokyo Stock Exchange, according to reports today.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 4:21 pm
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SoftBank CEO: robots can reverse Japan’s economic decline

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of Japanese telco SoftBank, shared his revolutionary ideas about a robotic workforce in Japan.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 1:57 pm
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Japan’s wacky censors: scanning your vagina and turning it into a 3D printer data file is illegal

A Japanese artist was arrested in Tokyo for distributing 3D printer data that could be used to print her private parts.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 10:53 am
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Japanese telco giant KDDI puts $8M into four American startups, launches new $50M fund

After making $8M of investment in the US, KDDI is reloaded with $50 million. The new fund is for companies that are able to bridge the digit...

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 9:20 pm
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Can Japan’s KLab prove it is capable of competing with DeNA and Gree?

Japanese gaming company KLab is trying to recover from a disastrous 2014. Will the market allow it?

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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