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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.

DeNA may have cut back operations on its Comm messaging app [Report]

See the original story in Japanese. Nikkei Business reported today that DeNA has cut back operations for its Comm messaging app, and is planning to...

Japanese business card app ‘Eight’ surpasses 200,000 users

See the original story in Japanese. The most popular professional social network in the world is most likely LinkedIn. It came to the Japanese market...

Consumer rewards startup Kanmu partners with Credit Saison, raises $440,000 from investors

See the original story in Japanese. Some of our readers may recall that we featured Kanmu in our previous article about finance apps. It's a...

Tokyo’s Giftee launches new service, lets you mail a gift without any address

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based startup Giftee is a service that allows you to send a gift voucher over the internet. For instance,...

Japan-based design site Creatty launches e-commerce channels

See the original story in Japanese. Creatty is a website that allows creators to show off their work online. Connehito, the Japan-based startup that operates...

Japan’s Street Academy raises $420,000

See the original story in Japanese. IntheStreet, the startup behind private lesson marketplace Street Academy, announced today that it has raised 40 million yen (approximately...

Japanese news curation app Vingow boasts 250% growth in two months

See the original story in Japanese. A recent survey by Japanese ad agency Hakuhodo indicated that consumers in Tokyo have very saturated contact with media...

Changing gears: How Japan’s Nulab pulled off the slow pivot

See the original story in Japanese. Nulab is a startup based in Japan's western city of Fukuoka, which has developed web-based collaborative tools for use...

Japanese child education app developer raises $3.5M in series B funding

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup Smart Education, best known as a developer of educational smartphone apps for kids, announced today that...

Ready? Fight! A summary of 6 fierce Japanese startup rivalries

See the original Japanese version of this article If you’re a web startup, chances are you probably have a competitor or two. Maybe more. Here...

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