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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.
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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...

How can Line monetize its 150 million users?

See the original story in Japanese. This is part of our coverage of the Infinity Ventures Summit 2013 in Sapporo, Japan. You can read more...

Japanese mobile livestreaming app TwitCasting raises $634,000

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese mobile livestreaming app TwitCasting announced today that it has raised 64.8 million yen (approximately $634,000) from East Ventures, as...

Japanese crowdsourcing marketplace Lancers raises $2.9 million

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese crowsourcing marketplace Lancers announced today that it has raised 300 million yen ($2.9 million) from Globis Capital Partners...
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Japanese knowledge sharing site Qiita could reach as many as half the nation’s programmers

See the original story in Japanese. Qiita is a knowledge sharing platform for programmers, a place where they can exchange information and code snippets in...

Japanese fashion startup Muse & Co raises $3.4 million

See the original story in Japanese. Here's more news from Japan's fashion commerce space. Apparel-focused, flash marketing startup Muse & Co has announced that it...

NTT Docomo unveils the first 6 startups for its new incubation program

See the original story in Japanese. NTT Docomo held a kick-off event for its incubation program today, unveiling six startups chosen for its first batch....

Foursquare has 240M check-ins in Japan, will leverage its big data for next business...

This is a part of our coverage of B Dash Camp Fukuoka 2013. See the original story in Japanese. Foursquare debuted at SxSW in 2009. Its gamification...