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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.

Korea’s braille smartwatch developer Dot wins HackOsaka 2018 pitch competition

See the original story in Japanese. Osaka City held the annual startup conference HackOsaka 2018 last month, having about 100 participants including investors, entrepreneurs and...

Robotics process automation startup Cinnamon gets funds from renowned angel investors

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup Cinnamon, developing a document reading engine for "white collar" businesses, announced on Monday that it has secured...

Multi-functional mobile browser Smooz now on iTunes AppStore, Google Play globally

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Astool has globally launched their multi-functional mobile web browser app Smooz today. iOS and Androd versions are available...

7 startups jointly exhibit Japan Pavilion at 4YFN in Barcelona from today

See the original story in Japanese. Seven Japanese startups announced today that they will jointly exhibit at 4YFN, a startup showcase event taking place alongside...

Japan’s ChatBook secures seed round, helps firms integrate chatbot with Salesforce SFA

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s ChatBook, providing the automated marketing solution under the same name utilizing Facebook Messenger chatbot, announced on Monday that...

After manga app success, Korean founder embarking on decentralized ad exchange

See the original story in Japanese. Some readers who participated in our community events since we started up our business may recall Youngwook Ko. In...

Japan’s blockchain startup ZBB ties up with employee perks provider, promotes in-house currency for...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Zerobillbank Japan (ZBB) develops and provides the ZBB Core platform and the ZBB Mobile Wallet, helping companies issue...

Japan’s JustInCase snags another seed round to launch P2P insurance for mobile repairs

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based insuretech startup JustInCase announced on Wednesday that it has raised additional seed funding from 500 Startups Japan and...

Japan’s leading robo-advisory startup WealthNavi gets $41M in funding and loans

Tokyo-based WealthNavi, the company offering a technology-based asset management service under the same name, announced on Monday that it has secured 1.5 billion yen...

Japan’s Ginco raises $1.4M seed round from Global Brain, developing cypto wallet app

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ginco, the Japanese startup developing a multi-cryptocurrency wallet app, announced on Wednesday that it raised 150 million yen...