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David Corbin

David is exploring the world of tech in Japan. It's a big world so sometimes he has to check Google Maps. Thank goodness for Google Maps. He likes comedy, beer, root beer, and headphones. He dislikes fax machines, spoilers, garlic naan, and the number 73. Send him a message if you are passing through Tokyo!
With the startup boom there are so many incubators/accelerators/investors out there. What is Muru-d's biggest value add that distinguishes it from the pack?

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Live Audio AMA with Entrepreneur in Residence of muru-D, Joseph Ziegler
Hi Nanxi - thanks for joining the AMA series! This is a bit of a technical question, but why did you choose this particular industry to build a company in? What's the future of the market that is so appealing to you? Also! What spots are on your bucket list for snowboarding?

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I’m Nanxi, Co-Founder and CEO of Enplug. I live with 10 of our 50 teammates. AMA!
Sorry about that Jim. Link is fixed now. Thanks for reading!

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Japanese fintech startup grabs $28.7M series C to solve accounting woes
Thanks for reading Helen. Please my response below.

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Japanese fintech startup grabs $28.7M series C to solve accounting woes
Thanks for reading Leslie. There is a free plan, but it only saves your data for 1 month. The standard plan is JPY 980 (US$8)/month and the corporate plan (which supports more complex accounting procedures) is JPY 1980 (US$16)/month.

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Japanese fintech startup grabs $28.7M series C to solve accounting woes
What is an lesser-known city where a lot of tech hiring is happening these days? Also, how did you get involved with the US State Department? What is your relationship with them now?

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We started the company with $200 out of our university study room. AMA!
lol, I missed that the first time!

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When is it time to rename your baby? Find out from these startups who just did
Given how big the industry is in general, I bet there are a number of folks who could have considered making this sort of company. Kudos to Aoki and Yoshida for taking the plunge.

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Our prayers are answered. Finally, an Amazon for used construction equipment
Fun topic! I agree that the presentation of the company via interviews, onboarding, etc. is important, but visa/health insurance/etc is part of the big picture. If a company cannot provide these essential elements, it may impede its ability to acquire top tier talent. Not so many people would move across the world with no guarantee that their new company can sponsor their stay and give them the same basic benefits accorded to local employees.

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Tips to recruiting foreign talents for your startup
Hi Stuart, I did a cursory search and it looks like there are a couple! (HK) https://www.techinasia.com/bigcolors-startup-stock-exchange/ (SG) http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2015/03/63649-fundedhere-singapores-first-equity-crowdfunding-platform-launched-by-andy-lim/

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From 40 to 1 – the first Rise Conference pitch winner is crowned
It was a fun conference! Great to see more and more interest in startups in the region :-)

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From 40 to 1 – the first Rise Conference pitch winner is crowned
Excited to see Funding Societies (and hopefully the rest too) in Tokyo soon!

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Tech in Asia Tour made its final stop in Singapore. Check out the 5 startups we met
But GrabTaxi also got SoftBank money. This is a fun battle to watch!

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Uber throws $1B at India to fight off local rivals
I bet that most of the startups / tech are going to be Pepper compatible...

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SoftBank announces innovation program for smart homes and vehicles, digital marketing, healthcare
Uber must have a heck of a plan to crack foreign markets given the insane funding it keeps getting despite data that suggests the way forward is gonna be quite tough.

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This chart shows how hard Didi Kuaidi is dominating Uber in China
Hey Steven, I think WeChat did it first! https://www.techinasia.com/check-smart-hotel-room-controlled-wechat/

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Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa talks Line’s global push, hints at IoT integration
Hi Mary, they actually shared the figures on Thursday. I included that link in the article :-)

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Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa talks Line’s global push, hints at IoT integration
Seems odd strategy - Telkomsel might alienate the consumers who could become their biggest ambassadors.

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Indonesians pressure the country’s largest telco to lower data costs
From 10MM to 50MM? Impressive jump - congrats to Golden Gate team! Great to see extra cash and resources available for more mature companies in the region.

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After 25 investments in Southeast Asia, Golden Gate Ventures ups the ante with US$50M fund
Wow, heck of a list. I'm glad to know where to turn if I go to Vietnam!

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Getting into Vietnam’s startup scene? Here’s 10 people you should meet