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J.T. Quigley

J.T. is based in Tokyo, though he left his heart in the mountains of Hokkaido. When he isn't snowboarding or playing with his daughter, he covers the Japanese tech scene and its impact on the local culture at large. He's written about everything from medicine and science to foreign policy in a career that has spanned the US, China, and Japan. Follow him on Twitter @jtquigley.
Hmmm that's a tough one! I think each of them are viable, and I was impressed with the quality of each pitch. I have a young daughter and I remember baby formula ALWAYS being sold out at drug stores around Tokyo. I thought it was odd, because the domestic media always talks about how Japanese people aren't having enough babies! I found out that it's largely because people would send it to friends and family in China after the tainted formula scares a few years back - so PiQuant seems like a great idea if it can be absolutely precise. DoubleMe is ambitious, and I think the idea of a "YouTube for VR content" is a great idea - unless Google moves faster with its own! I've got a soft spot for social ventures - it can't ALWAYS be about the money - and the Tree Planet pitch brought a lot of tears to a lot of eyes in the auditorium. Way has a massive market because Asian beauty brands are red hot, so they can really capitalize on that and replace the need for women to sit down at a makeup counter in a department store. And Wanted is cool because it pays you (quite a lot it seems) to recommend friends for jobs - something many of us do for free already! Sorry, that's more than 3 but those are just some general impressions off the top of my head :)

Commented 1 week ago on

SparkLabs’ jam-packed fifth demo day ‘indicative of Korean startup fever’
You can't see it right now but I'm bowing at my computer screen in shame. Amended!

Commented 1 week ago on

SparkLabs’ jam-packed fifth demo day ‘indicative of Korean startup fever’
Hey Honma, thanks for doing an AMA. I'm well aware of the aging/shrinking population in Japan, but it seems like many domestic VCs (meaning those here in Japan) these days are putting their money into other markets. I get it from a purely financial perspective, but is there enough support for homegrown entrepreneurs? Furthermore, are investments made outside of Japan with the population crisis in mind (i.e. this product/service could be very useful to Japanese) or simply to expand the portfolio? If you have an example of an investment in a non-Japanese startup that could potentially benefit the Japanese market, I'd love to hear about it! Thanks :)

Commented 3 weeks ago on

I’m Honma a Japanese tech investor living in Singapore. AMA!
Hey Puff Daddy, That's a great question. In my opinion, two main reasons: the niche target market and the open nature of the sharing. At least in my experience, I've used Evernote for personal work or for sharing with small groups. I believe Clear is more akin to an SNS built around studying. Because I'm not the founder, I've passed your question on to Arai-san and will be happy to update if he replies. Cheers! PS: You're right about Evernote being big in Japan, I've even seen Evernote-compatible notebooks in the big stationery retail shops around town (like Loft and Tokyu Hands). The odd thing for me, though, is I rarely see people using it or hear people talking about it (unlike, for example, Line or SmartNews). In any regard, I chalk its alleged success here up to the Japanese being incredibly organized!

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Edtech startup in Japan raises $1M to get students to share their notebooks
I came here for Paul's belly. Not disappointed.

Commented 4 weeks ago on

Can you pass the belly button test? Meet the sexy new meme sweeping China
Did you guys even read the article?

Commented 4 weeks ago on

With a simple touch, this gadget analyzes your skin and tells you how to improve it
Now all we need is food teleportation so I can beam some curry to Tokyo...

Commented 4 weeks ago on

Swiggy bags funding to become Uber for food delivery in India
Hey Saemin, I see you on the road from time to time and want to ask a question that might not be completely relevant to what you're doing at Rakuten, but might shed some light for jet-setting entrepreneurs. You're a popular speaker at events across Asia (and certainly outside the region), so how do you balance work/life when constantly on the move? Any tips or tricks/apps you use to stay on top of things despite the changing timezones/potentially shitty wifi situations/mountain of emails that accumulate when attending events? Hope to see you in Tokyo again soon!

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Hey there, my name is Saemin and I run Rakuten Ventures. AMA
Hey Puffin! I've reached out to GitHub on your behalf and will update if they agree :)

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GitHub enters Japan, its number 2 market, to spread open-source love around Asia
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Commented 2 months ago on

How much techinasia pay the writer ?
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How much techinasia pay the writer ?
Hey Anthony, thanks for the comment! I tested all three personally and had no issues with Twitcasting. The design definitely isn't as sexy or minimalist as the other two, but I didn't encounter any cheesy English phrases. As for the name itself, you might be right - but despite all that, the numbers are strong for a humble Japanese startup.

Commented 3 months ago on

Meet Twitcasting, the Japanese app that’s a few steps ahead of Meerkat and Periscope
Thanks for the comment, Zo. MyISBN prints only when an order is placed, so there is no "stock." Printing is arranged through an undisclosed partnership (a cut is taken from each sale).

Commented 7 months ago on

Forget the middlemen. For $40, MyISBN will publish your physical book and sell it on Amazon Japan
Looks cool, but at more than US$2,000 for the base model, I think you're missing the point!

Commented 7 months ago on

Remain seated. That awesome Ikea standing desk isn’t coming to Asia any time soon