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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.

Aquatech startup Umitron secures $8.4M to help improve and sustain fisheries industry

See the original story in Japanese. Singapore- and Tokyo-based aquatech startup Umiton announced on Friday that it has raised from 920 million yen (about $8.4...

What Japanese computer vision startup Edison.ai takes away from Techstars Music

See the original story in Japanese. Brand Pit-- the company that analyzes images posted on social media and provides brand companies with marketing data acquired...

Japanese government unveils action plan to create more global startups, unicorns

See the original story in Japanese. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced last week that it has launched the startup support...

Japan’s Monstar Lab sets up coworking space in Bangkok to engage with startups

Tokyo-based Monstar Lab, the company providing crowdsourced offshore app development service under the same name, announced today that it is foraying into a coworking...

Transform Africa Summit: How Japan can get involved in Rwandan startup ecosystem

See the original story in Japanese. This article is a part of series of covering Transform Africa Summit 2018 Transform Africa Summit (TAS) 2018 was held...

Robotics process automation startup Cinnamon secures $8.3M in series B round

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup Cinnamon, developing a document reading engine for “white collar” businesses, announced today that it has secured 800...

Young Japanese investor launches $4.5M seed fund for startups in Sub-Saharan Africa

See the original story in Japanese. Similar to Singapore that has won a place as a startup hub in the entire Southeast Asian region, we...

Japanese telemedicine startup Micin raises $10M series A from Mitsubishi Corp., others

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Micin, the Japanese startup offering the Curon mobile telemedicine app and a medical data business for corporations, announced...

Japan’s influencer marketing startup BitStar expands into Greater China, Southeast Asia

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup BitStar, the company behind influencer support platform under the same name and YouTuber production E-DGE, announced earlier...

Japan’s low-carb food delivery service Nosh gets $2.7M seed round from Nissay Capital

See the original story in Japanese. Osaka-based Miraie, which develops and provides the low carb delivery food service Nosh, revealed last week that it successfully...