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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 adtech startup Fringe81 files for IPO

Tokyo-based Fringe81, the Japanese startup offering several adtech solutions, announced today that its IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange has been approved. The...

Japan’s Zeals raises $720K+, unveils bot management tool for web media publishers

See the original story in Japanese. It has been around one year since we last reported (in Japanese) on Zeals. The company, which stems from...

Japan’s digital marketing platform operator From Scratch lands $28.4M series C round

Tokyo-based From Scratch, the company behind an integrated digital marketing platform called B->Dash, announced on Tuesday that it has raised about 3.2 billion yen...

Japan’s Shippio secures seed round funding to offer streamlined freight forwarding

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Circle-in, developing the total support tool for international logistics works named Shippio, announced on Monday that it has...

ShareMedical, Fast Doctor join forces to launch physician house-call app for Japan

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based medical ISV (independent service vendor) ShareMedical announced on Thursday their partnership with Fast Doctor, a company that provides...

Japan’s wearable walkie-talkie Bonx secures $1.8M for North American expansion

Tokyo-based Bonx, the Japanese startup developing a wearable walkie-talkie device under the same name, unveiled today its fundraising of 200 million yen (about $1.76...

Japan’s Spectee files patents for news writing bot

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Spectee, the Japanese startup behind the artificial intelligence(AI)-powered platform offering news materials based on social media analytics, revealed...

Tokyo VR Startups holds 2nd batch demo day, announces expansion into Nordic region

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...

Japan’s LabBase, job-matching platform for science students, raises seed round funding

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup POL, which operates a human resource database consisting of science students called LabBase, announced on Monday that...

Japanese UX design firm Goodpatch raises $3.6M in series C to better serve FinTech...

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese UX/UI design agency Goodpatch, based out of Tokyo, Berlin and Taiwan, revealed on Wednesday that they have raised...