See the original story in Japanese.
It has been five years since I first wrote a piece about Wantedly on Penn Olson (now known as Tech in Asia). I remember that I visited the Kayac (TSE:3904) office located in Ebisu to meet CEO Akiko Naka and others.
Since Naka was actively providing lectures at many startup conferences such as RISE or Slush Asia (renamed today as Slush Tokyo), I mistakenly thought that Wantedly had already expanded its business globally, but actually this is the first time it is establishing an office overseas (without local offices, it had expanded into Indonesia with a foreign language version of Wantedly services in March of 2015).
Wantedly revealed on Thursday that it will commence full-scale sales and promotion activities in the Singapore market, hiring four local staffs. Weiting Tan, who formerly served the last-minute hotel reservation app HotelQuickly as Marketing Manager, has been appointed Country Manager of the local subsidiary Wantedly Singapore. Its office will be established at the co-working space Spacemob near Orchard Road. In commemoration of the full-scale launch, the firm held a party at Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore from 15:30 (local time) this Thursday.
Coinciding with the announcement, the firm launched the English version of the company visiting app Wantedly Visit for iOS. Although any plan about one for Android is not mentioned at this point, the firm declared that it will accelerate the business development to the Asian countries including Indonesia using the Singapore subsidiary as a hub, so that it seems that the app will also soon become available for Android as it is frequently used in these areas.
The company claims that over 20,000 companies in Japan have registered as users on Wantedly while the number of monthly visiting users have recently reached 1 million.
Translated by Taijiro Takeda
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy, Masaru Ikeda