Posts Tagged: Japan



The future of Gree as told by its founder and CEO (#StartupAsia preview)

The company’s future is cloudy but CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka is ready to light the way.

  • August 22, 2014
  • at 10:30 am
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Terra Motors wants to help Iran curb air pollution with ebikes

Japanese electric two and three-wheeler startup pushes into West Asia with distribution partnership in Iran.

  • August 20, 2014
  • at 2:58 pm
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Only one of Japan’s top executives is female – and she’s not even Japanese

Gender equality continues to be a point of contention in Japan, where only seven percent of women make it into senior management.

  • August 18, 2014
  • at 7:16 pm
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Gree admits failure with browser-based mobile gaming, shifts half of workforce to make native games for iOS and Android

In response to crashing revenue and net income, Gree is leaving browser games behind in favor of native mobile games.

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 4:39 pm
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Born in Vietnam and raised in Y Combinator, Kimono wants to API-ify the entire Internet

Kimono puts the power of data analysis into the hands of anyone. No coding required.

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 11:32 am
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Master anything from songwriting to Swahili with ClassDo – now in more than 100 countries

The platform's all-in-one interface offers a collaborative whiteboard, video, and text chat - without downloads or installs.

  • August 11, 2014
  • at 9:17 pm
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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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$12M in sales for user-generated stickers on LINE

Sales for Line’s user-created stickers are showing healthy growth.

  • August 20, 2014
  • at 3:47 pm
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Sekai Labs saves Japanese corporations from their lack of engineers

The firm acts as a gateway to Japanese speaking developers around Asia.

  • August 19, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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Here’s what Docomo and KDDI are doing to promote startups in Asia (#StartupAsia preview)

Japan's top two wireless carriers have venture capital arms, big funds, and incubators to give Asian startups that first push.

  • August 14, 2014
  • at 7:42 pm
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Hot or not? App Annie’s guide to worldwide app trends (#StartupAsia preview)

Yuji Kuwamizu, the Japan GM at App Annie, will present a keynote (in English) on the subject of Japan and worldwide app trends at Startup As...

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 3:59 pm
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Rakuten Super Logistics U.S accepts bitcoin

Could this be one step towards Rakuten the ecommerce giant accepting bitcoin as payment?

  • August 12, 2014
  • at 11:37 pm
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After helping Skype and Box, Itochu Technology Ventures wants your startup to win in Japan

ITV is earmarking 30% of it’s next fund for Southeast Asia. The firm says its ability to bring foreign firms into Japan is the key.

  • August 11, 2014
  • at 8:30 pm
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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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