The Japanese startup Nulab, offering various SaaS (software as a service) such as BackLog, Cacoo and Typetalk, announced today that it will set up a community space in Singapore called NuSpace. Startups using Nulab products (owning Nulab user accounts) can make use of it gratis as a base for business expansion efforts in Southeast Asia as well as for their market research activities.
The firm claims the recent increase in Nulab users and large-scale expansion of Japanese startups into Southeast Asian region have allowed them to decide on establishing the venue. NuSpace will not only serve local developer/designer communities in helping them organize meetups but also in offering seminars and Nulab product user support.
Nulab wants potential venue users to sign up online beforehand, although the website for it is still under development. Thus these users are encouraged to enter their email address when using this form so that they can be notified when the website becomes available.
In the past Nulab had set up shop in Taiwan, New York and Amsterdam, in addition to several offices in Japan. They used to have an office in Singapore (in the Arab Street neighborhood) but shut it down after Nulab Singapore’s Taiwanese community manager Lillian Lu went back to Taiwan. With the launch of NuSpace at this time, it is expected to resume some functions as mainstay Singapore office for the company.
The detailed location of renewed NuSpace Singapore has not yet been announced but it seems like it will be located within the neighborhood of MRT Expo Station, one stop from Changi Airport towards downtown Singapore. Since Nulab has a café space to host employee and community events within the company’s Fukuoka headquarters penthouse, the new Singapore presence will apparently emulate it in terms of usage concept and interior design.
Despite the fact that the ASEAN market generally for co-working spaces is saturated, we have been seeing some Japanese startups establish their own spaces in an effort to further engage with local user and developer communities in the region.
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy