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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.

Japan’s Paidy secures $55M series C round to foray beyond cardless online payments

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based cardless payments service provider Paidy announced on Thursday that it raised a total of $55 million dollars in...

Japan’s Makuake ties up with Korea’s Wadiz for more cross-border crowdfunding deals

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Makuake, the Japanese company behind crowdfunding platform under the same name, announced on Thursday that it has partnered...

Japanese video recipe media Kurashiru acquired by Yahoo Japan for $84M

Tokyo-based Dely, the Japanese video-centric culinary media startup offering recipe discovery portal Kurashiru, announced today that it has been acquired by Yahoo Japan. YJ...

Japan’s Monstar Lab ties up with aid agency, empowers refugees with IT in Jordan,...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-headquartered Monstar Lab, the Japanese company sourcing app developments around the world,  announced on Monday that it has agreed...

Japan’s Ookami behind sports-centric social network app Player! raises series B round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ookami, the Japanese startup behind sports entertainment app “Player!”, earlier this month announced that it has raised an...

JustInCase gets approval from regulator for P2P insurance, raises $1.4M pre-series A

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based insuretech startup JustInCase has been officially registered as a small-amount / short-term insurer by the Tokyo Finance Bureau....

Japan’s Cacoo boasts 3 million users, wants to attract with new collaboration experience

See the original story in Japanese. Fukuoka-headquartered Nulab, the Japanese SaaS (Software as a Service) company offering several collaborative work solutions, has rolled out a...

Japan’s content distribution tech startup Pulit raises series A from Samsung, Line Ventures

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Pulit, the Japanese startup developing distribution technologies for digital image and video content, has secured funding in a...

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

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Recruit Holdings (TSE:6098) earlier this month held a Demo Day for the 12th batch of Tech Lab Paak,...

Japan’s IssueHunt funding platform can get contributors paid for open source work

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup BoostIO (formerly Maisin & Co.) has launched a platform called IssueHunt, which allows project owners to request...