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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.

Cloud for patent lawyers, marketplace for non-refundable hotel reservations win Tokyo’s Open Network Lab...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Open Network Lab startup incubator held last week a Demo Day for participant startups of its Seed Accelerator...

Tokyo Office Tour: Xenodata Lab. uses AI to help investors analyze financial reports

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwz-m8lx4MQ?rel=0] See the original story in Japanese. This is part of our ‘Tokyo Office Tour’ series (RSS), a modest attempt to better understand how folks...

AdAsia Holdings raises $12M from Jafco to expand ad and marketing platform into Japan,...

See the original story in Japanese. AdAsia Holdings, offering video ad network and influencer marketing platform based in Southeast Asia, announced on Wednesday that it...

Japan’s Recruit holds Tech Lab Paak Demo Day, teams from 7th batch present results

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Recruit Holdings (TSE:6098, hereafter called Recruit) this month held a Demo Day for the 7th batch of its...

Japan’s Cluster to launch social VR hangout rooms for live events and gatherings

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cluster is developing a virtual reality (VR) platform under the same name capable of holding events on a...

Japan’s estate startup Renoveru gets $11.8M from Mitsui to bring smart tech into homes

Tokyo-based real estate startup Renoveru helps consumers to choose and buy existing homes or a second-hand flats while proposing renovation plans both online and...

Japan’s Emerada lands $1.8M seed round to create financing marketplace for SMEs and startups

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based FinTech startup Emerada revealed on Wednesday that they have raised 200 million yen (around $1.8 million US) in...

Korea’s Dot, Braille smartwatch and tablet startup, wins Slush Tokyo 2017 pitch finals

See the original story in Japanese. This is a part of our on-site coverage of Slush Tokyo 2017. Slush Tokyo 2017, one of the largest startup...

Japan’s Withfluence ties up with Thai telco True to boost influencer marketing in Asia

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo- / Bangkok- / Singapore-based Withfluence, the Japanese company providing an influencer marketing management platform for Asian markets under...

IMJ Investment Partners gets rebranded to Spiral Ventures as independent VC firm

See the original story in Japanese. IMJ Investment Partners (IMJ-IP), a Japanese startup-focused vc firm based in Singapore and Tokyo, last week announced that it...