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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.

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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How do you create a strong management team? Japanese internet execs discuss.

See the original story in Japanese. Below is a condensed, translated version. For startups in their launching phase, sometimes the founders may have interpersonal...

MugenUp: Disrupting the anime production industry with a crowdsourced workforce

See the original story in Japanese. The anime business consists of many fundamental tasks, such as rough drawing, storyboard writing, and painting. Even for digitalized...

CyberAgent CEO Susumu Fujita chats with Japanese entrepreneurs about their journey

See this story in Japanese. Below are selected excerpts from the original. This is part of our coverage of the Infinity Ventures Summit 2013 in...