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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.

Three months after launch, Japanese online pawnshop app ‘CASH’ acquired by DMM for $62.2M

Tokyo-based startup 'Bank', the company behind an online pawnshop app called 'CASH', announced today that it has been acquired by Japanese internet giant and...

Japanese real estate crowdfunding platform Crowd Realty raises $3.1M from SBI, MUFG

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Crowd Realty, the Japansese startup offering a real estate-focused crowdfunding platform under the same name, announced on Monday...

Japanese referral recruitment platform Refcome secures $1.8 million funding round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Refcome, the Japanese startup behind a referral recruitment platform under the same name, announced earlier this month that...

Japan’s Base Food raises $880K seed funding to sell nutritionally complete pasta in US

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Base Food, developing a nutritionally complete food product capable of becoming a staple food named Base Pasta, in...

Dine, dating app that guarantees first dates, raises $1.3M from Japan’s marriage agency

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Mrk & Co, the Japanese startup behind mobile dating app Dine, announced earlier this month that it has...

Japan’s Meleap raises $2.6M to offer augmented reality-based sports experiences globally

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Meleap, the Japanese startup developing the Hado augmented reality(AR)-powerd sports game series and expanding a franchise of arcade...

Triple W Japan, developer of DFree urination predictor, secures $4.4M pre-series B round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Triple W Japan, the startup which developed urination predictor device DFree, announced on Monday that it has raised...

Korea’s Zoyi, analytics startup for retailers, gets $4M series B for massive Japan rollout

See the original story in Japanese. Seoul-based Zoyi Corporation, the Korean startup providing the Walk Insights offline customer analysis service and the Channel.io online sales support...

Famione wins Open Network Lab Demo Day with app that helps couples get pregnant

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup incubator Open Network Lab earlier this month held Demo Day for its Seed Accelerator Program 15th batch....

Japan’s Recruit holds Tech Lab Paak Demo Day, teams from 9th batch present results

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Recruit Holdings (TSE:6098, hereafter called Recruit) last month held a Demo Day for the 9th batch of its...