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Masaru Ikeda

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Masaru started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms. He’s been traveling around Silicon Valley and Asia exploring the IT industry, and he also curates event updates for the Tokyo edition of Startup Digest.

Tokyo Office Tour: MUFG opens co-working space in birthplace of banking in Japan

See the original story in Japanese. This is part of our ‘Tokyo Office Tour’ series (RSS), a modest attempt to better understand how folks in...

Singapore / Japan space-debris removal startup Astroscale raises $25M in series C

Astroscale, a Singapore- / Tokyo-based startup developing satellites to remove space debris from Earth’s orbit, announced on Friday that it has fundraised $25 million...

Japan’s HoloEyes secures $1.3M series A, helps surgeons simulate operations in VR

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based HoloEyes, the Japanese VR (virtual reality) startup specialized in the medical field by developing surgical simulation content for...

Japan’s BitStar, matchmaking engine for YouTuber stars and brands, secures $2.7M

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Bizcast, the Japanese startup behind a matchmaking platform for YouTuber marketing called BitStar, announced on Monday that it...

Japan’s Pulit gets million US dollars to help publishers stream content on own channels

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Pulit, the Japanese startup developing distribution technologies for digital image and video content, announced on Wednesday that it...

Japan’s Vaqso secures $600,000 in seed round to add smells to VR experiences

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Vaqso revealed at a press conference held on Thursday that they have raised around $600,000 in a...

Japan’s Z-Works secures $3.6M series A to assist elderly caregivers by IoT monitoring

See the original story in Japanese. Several news websites reported on Friday that Tokyo-based Z-Works, the Japanese startup developing IoT (Internet of Things) healthcare monitoring...

Japan’s Cluster secures $1.8M series A to put VR hangout concept into showbiz industry

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cluster, the Japanese startup behind the social VR (virtual reality) app under the same name supporting several thousand people-scale...

Meet ‘On The Trip’, multilingual audio guide app for travel destinations in Japan

See the original story in Japanese. Serial entrepreneur, traveling entrepreneur, Yukimaru (to reference the Japanese anime series Naruto) -- Yuki Naruse is a man of...

Japan’s TownWiFi now offers mobile users with hassle-free public WiFi access in Asia

Tokyo-based startup TownWiFi has been developing and offering a mobile app for Android and iOS under the same name. The app allows mobile users...