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Takeshi Hirano

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Takeshi is a Japanese tech blogger and a co-founder of The Bridge, and is also the CEO for bootupAsia, Inc. He started his career as a web designer.

Japanese AR sports platform provider Meleap raises $6.6M to cultivate viewership

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Meleap, the Japanese startup developing the Hado augmented reality(AR)-powerd sports game series and expanding a franchise of arcade...

Open Network Lab showcases 6 teams from 17th batch Demo Day

See the original story in Japanese. Digital Garage hosted the Demo Day for its Open Network Lab acceleration program earlier this month. The program celebrated...

Japanese gourmet media startup Favy raises $9M, with 67M MAU closing in on big...

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Favy, the Japanese startup behind a comprehensive food marketing service including gourmet media, has just announced that it...

Japan’s Open8 raises $13M, launches AI-powered video creation tool for business

  See the original story in Japanese. There are many “seeing is believing” cases in reality; children smiling while participating in a social activity, a small...

Japanese smart wheelchair Whill secures $45M to expand into North America, Europe

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Whill ( US / Europe ) developing personal mobility aids announced on Tuesday that it has successfully raised...

Japan’s HiNative Q&A app for language learning hits 3.4M registered users, raises $6M

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Lang-8, the company behind a Q&A app for language learning called HiNative, announced on Wednesday that it has...

Activ8 raises $5.4M from Gumi, Makers Fund; expands ‘Virtual YouTuber’ business

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Activ8 (pronounced 'activate'), the Japanese startup behind the Upd8 (pronounced 'update') 'Virtual YouTuber' supporting project, announced on Tuesday...

Japan’s Crooz launches VC arm, appoints 25-year-old up-and-coming investor as head

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Crooz (TSE:2138), the Japanese company operating online fashion e-commerce site Shoplist and other internet services, announced earlier this...

Japanese mobile tutor app Manabo acquired by prep school major Sundai Group

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Manabo, providing the mobile tutor app under the same name, announced on Wednesday that it has been acquired...

Japan’s Gumi forms $30M crypto fund, unveils investments in 5 blockchain startups

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese gaming company Gumi recently announced on Thursday the establishment of the Gumi Cryptos fund for investment in cryptocurrency...