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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.

Drone Fund announces $27M second fund; Japan soccer star Honda joins as investor

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Drone Fund, the fund led by the Japanese angel investor Kotaro Chiba focusing on investment into drone startups, last...

Meet six teams from Mitsubishi UFJ’s 3rd acceleration batch in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), a bank holding company with its core commercial banking subsidiary The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi...

SynchroLife, blockchain-based restaurant discovery app from Japan, raises $720K

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ginkan, developing and offering an AI-powered social restaurant discovery app called SynchroLife, announced on Friday that it has...

Leapfrog Ventures makes first investment in Africa, backs regional FinTech startup Exuus

See the original story in Japanese. Our readers may recall that we have covered Takuma Terakubo, formerly working for Tokyo-based startup incubator Samurai Incubate, has...

Thai startup TalentEx secures funds to help get Russian univ tech grads hired by...

See the original story in Japanese. Bangkok-based TalentEx, offering recruitment-focused online media and SaaS (software as a service) for human resource affairs, announced last week...

WOVN unveils iOS SDK, helps developers support multilingual features in mobile apps

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Wovn Technologies launched last week the beta version of Wovn.app, an SDK (software developer kit) that allows mobile...

ReCactus reaction video app wins Infinity Venture Summit pitch competition in Taipei

See the original article in Japanese. During Infinity Venture Summit 2018 Spring in Taipei, a semi-annual conference hosted by renowned startup-focused investment fund Infinity Venture...

Rapyuta, developing Android-like platform for robotics, secures $9.5M series A funding

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-headquartered Rapyuta Robotics, the startup developing a cloud-based robotics platform, revealed on Monday that it has secured 1.05 billion...

DANX wants to roll out ‘pop-up’ and on-demand diners across Japan using food trucks

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ignition Point announced earlier this month that it has founded a subsidiary called DANX providing an on-demand eating...

Japan Foodie raises $9.2M to help foreign visitors connect with more local attractions

See the original story in Japanese. Japan Foodie, the Tokyo startup offering a mobile app for international visitors to Japan, announced on Monday that it...

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