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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.

Japanese asset management startup Folio raises $63M in series A2, partners with Line

Tokyo-based Folio, the Japanese startup offering an online asset management platform, announced today that it has fundraised 7 billion yen (about $63 million US)...

Accounting SaaS provider Money Forward foraying into blockchain and crypto business

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Money Forward (TSE:3994), the Japanese company providing SaaS (software as a service)-based accounting solutions, announced last week that...

Japanese startup unveils AI-powered rule sets solution to secure AWS-hosted websites

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cyber Security Cloud, the Japanese startup behind a cloud-based web application firewall (WAF) called Kogeki Shadan-kun, unveiled a...

Japan’s Cognitee raises $1.3M to help firms analyze and visualize employees sales pitch

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cognitee announced last week that it had raised 150 million yen (about $1.3 million) in its pre-series B...

Japan’s Global Brain establishing fund to invest in blockchain tech, jointly with Omise

See the original story in Japanese. This article is part of the coverage of Global Brain Alliance Forum 2017 held in Tokyo Tokyo-based VC firm Global...

Medical simulator robot Mikoto wins Health 2.0 Asia-Japan 2017 pitch competition

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based MedPeer, the Japanese startup offering collective intelligence service and community site for medical doctors under the same name,...

Tokyo VR Startups showcases 7 teams from 3rd incubation batch, announces rebranding

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo VR Startups, the startup incubator focusing on VR (Virtual Reality) that is organized by Japanese mobile game developer...

Café Wifi helps digital nomads find place to work, now adds P2P seat reserve...

See the original story in Japanese. There are an increasing number of people working in cafes, even among my own companions. In the past, often...

Taiwan’s Health2Sync diabetes management platform gets $6M to boost Japan expansion

See the original story in Japanese. Taiwan-based Health2Sync, the startup behind a diabetes management platform under the same name, announced today that it has secured...

Japan’s Factbase unveils cryptocurrency market forecast platform at Blockchain Expo

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-basedFactbase announced a cryptocurrency-focused market forecast platform called Signal at Blockchain Expo, which just finished in Santa Clara, US...