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Takeshi Hirano

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Takeshi is a Japanese tech blogger and a co-founder of The Bridge, and is also the CEO for bootupAsia, Inc. He started his career as a web designer.

HRBrain, Japan’s answer to BetterWorks, gets seed round for business goals platform

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Mosquitone, providinga cloud-based personnel assessment and target management platform called HRBrain, announced on Wednesday that the securement of...

Japanese crowdfunding site Campfire secures $3M to launch social lending service

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Campfire, the Japanese crowdfunding site which was recently reported to expand into the social lending space, officially announced...

Gatebox, holographic virtual assistant, launches pre-orders for geeks in Japan, US

See the original story in Japanese. A holographic virtual assistant created in Japan has been unveiled. It's called Gatebox, displaying 2D characters in hologram image...

Japan’s Soracom launches SIM cards and services for IoT service operators in US

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Soracom announced on Wednesday that it will commence full-scale service development of its mobile communication / management platform...

Kurashiru, Japan’s answer to Tastemade, secures $4.5 million for global expansion

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Dely, the video-centric culinary media startup offering Kurashiru, announced today that it has fundraised about 500 million yen...

Japan’s Seven Dreamers, developer of laundry-folding robot, secures $55 million

See the original story in Japanese. A product from Japan created quite the stir at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and CEATEC JAPAN in...

Trip Free secures seed funding to offer free SIM card service for visitors to...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Bridge, providing a mobile communication / retailer information service for international visitors to Japan called Trip Free, recently...

Base, Japan’s answer to Shopify, snags $14M to strengthen payment solutions unit

See the original story in Japanese. As per some media reports, Tokyo-based Base, the Japanese startup behind an instant e-commerce platform, recently announced it has...

Boasting over 2.5M users worldwide, Japan’s social music app Nana unveils premium service

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Nana Music, the Japanese startup offering the freemium social music collaboration app Nana, announced last week that they...

Former exec of Rakuten, Sony, gets $4.1M seed funding for “housing version of Tesla”

See the original story in Japanese. A former student entrepreneur has returned to the startup scene in order to challenge global issues. In 1995 Takeshi TED...