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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.

Wantedly, Japan’s social recruiting startup, files for IPO

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Wantedly, Japan's social recruiting startup, announced today that its IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has...

Deep learning startup Preferred Networks raises $95M from Toyota for self-driving tech

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Preferred Networks (PFN), the Japanese startup offering deep learning technologies for Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that...

Japan’s crowdfunding site Campfire breaking away into cryptocurrency, P2P payments

See the original story in Japanese. Campfire, one of leading crowdfunding sites in Japan, announced earlier this month that it has fundraised 600 million yen...

Japan’s One Visa helps companies better manage visa applications of foreign workers

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Residence recently unveiled the open beta version of One Visa, the online visa applications management platform. It allows...

Smart stethoscope startup AMI wins KDDI’s Mugen Labo accelerator 11th Demo Day

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese leading telco KDDI (TSE:9433) held a Demo Day for its incubation program KDDI Mugendai Labo last week. Among...

Meet 8 startups on inbound travel from IBM BlueHub program’s latest batch in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. IBM Japan held the Demo Day event for their BlueHub open innovation program last week. The latest batch features...

Japan’s Candee acquires video production company to develop livestreaming platform

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Candee, running an overall mobile video-related media business, announced last week that it has acquired a full stake...

Japan’s SmartDrive, car telematics startup, nabs $9M series B to ramp up big data...

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Smart Drive, offering the DriveOps vehicle management platform utilizing big data, announced last week that it has fundraised...

Japan’s Seak gets $2.7M series A, turning more people into farmers with all-in-one platform

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Seak, the Japanese startup behind the Leap farming support platform, announced this week that they have received funding...

Japan’s wearable smart toy Moff gets $2.7M to make entry into healthcare business

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Moff, developing wearable sensor devices / services, last week announced that it has succeeded in fundraising in order...