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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.

Japan’s Mixi acquires Compath.me, Tokyo startup behind family photo service Kiddy

Tokyo-based Compath.me, the startup behind family photo service Kiddy, announced on Monday that it has been recently acquired by Japanese internet company Mixi (TSE:2121)....

Japanese C2C marketplace app Mercari to acquire Asia-focused auction site Smaoku

Japanese C2C(consumer-to-consumer) marketplace app producer Mercari announced today that it will acquire Zawatt, the startup behind a Japan-based online auction site catering in brand...

Cities of Japan’s Fukuoka, Taiwan’s Taipei agree on mutual startup support initiatives

See the original story in Japanese. Municipal governments of Japan’s Fukuoka and Taiwan’s Taipei earlier this month signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) on mutual...

Japan’s One Tap Buy, mobile-only trading brokerage, secures $13.3M from Mizuho, Softbank, others

Previously known as MyBanker, Tokyo-based One Tap Buy has been focused on developing a mobile app that specifically helps people manage their savings and...

Meet Symmetry Alpha, 3D CAD model browser from Japan that lets you jump into...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Dverse, the Japanese startup focused on developing virtual reality (VR) authoring tools, this Tuesday unveiled its VR browser...

Agribuddy snags $730K to help farmers in emerging countries make more money

See the original story in Japanese. Agribuddy, a startup that offers a mobile app to farmers in Cambodia and other emerging countries to provide them...

Japan’s CureApp gets $3.4 million for lifestyle diseases treatment using mobile apps

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s digital health startup CureApp announced on Monday that it has fundraised 380 million yen (about $3.4 million) from...

The Bridge’s guide to VR hotspots in Tokyo (2017 new year edition)

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo's Shibuya, aka Bit Valley, has long been the home of Japanese startups, with FinTech stationed in Otemachi, hardware...

Finolab 2.0: Tokyo’s FinTech startup hub steps into its second phase at new location

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du0ruQcu9w4?rel=0] See the original story in Japanese. One year ago FinTech startup hub Finolab opened in the Tokyo Bankers Association Building in Otemachi of Tokyo...

Japan’s Xtreme Design raises $620K to go beyond virtual supercomputer on-demand

See the original story in Japanese. Correction: In the first paragraph, there was an error in the number of digits of the funding amount in...