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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.

Makers Boot Camp opens international makerspace in Kyoto

See the original story in Japanese. Kyoto-based Darma Tech Labs (DTL), known for organizing a hardware-focused startup accelerator Makers Boot Camp (MBC), announced earlier this...

Japan’s Infostellar raises $7.3M in series A for satellite antenna sharing platform

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Infostellar, the Japanese startup developing and offering an antenna sharing platform for satellite operations, announced today that it...

Sumitomo Mitsui launches open innovation space in Tokyo’s most vibrant startup hub

See the original story in Japanese. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG, TSE:8316) earlier this month launched their first open-innovation base named Hoops Link Tokyo in...

Maipple ties up with Tokyo model agency, launches influencer matching platform for Asia

See the original story in Japanese. Maipple, the Japanese startup developing and offering a fashion marketplace app for Taiwanese consumers under the same name, announced...

Japan’s Autok, AI chatbot assistant that schedules your meetings, raises seed round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Regulus Technologies, providing a AI-powered personal assistant chatbot named Autok and Autok Biz capable of schedule arrangement for...

Money Forward, Japan’s SaaS accounting startup, files for IPO

Tokyo-based Money Forward, Japan's leading SaaS (software as a service) accounting startup, announced today that its IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE)...

Bangkok-based Flare pays drivers in the heavy traffic city to wrap their car in...

See the original story in Japanese. In Bangkok, Thailand, there is a community made up of Japanese serial entrepreneurs. While being enthusiastic about their own...

Japan’s Awakens gets seed funding to allow users to manage entire genome in the...

See the original story in Japanese. Silicon Valley-based Awakens, the startup run by Japanese founders developing services and research platforms leveraging full genome data, announced...

Japanese blockchain startup Nayuta raises $1.3M round for “Lightning Network for IoT”

See the original story in Japanese. Based in the western Japanese city of Fukuoka, Nayuta has been offering new technologies that combine IoT (Internet of...

Sekai Lab secures $6.4M in 4th round led by Yahoo Japan’s VC to boost...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Monstar Lab, the company providing crowdsourced offshore app development service Sekai Lab, announced on Thursday that it has...