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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.

Ticket Street: How Japan’s ticket-reselling site keeps up rapid growth

See the original story in Japanese. Ticket Street is a Tokyo startup that provides a platform focused on the buying and selling of show tickets....

Meet the Twilio Japan hackathon winners: 3 great ideas using the cloud telephony API

See the original story in Japanese. As we reported previously, KDDI Web Communications has just announced the official launch of telephony API service Twilio in...

FrogApps CEO Nakamura steps down, has another startup in the works

See the original story in Japanese. FrogApps is the Tokyo-based startup behind the notable Japanese food photo sharing app, Miil. The company’s CEO Hitoshi Nakamura...

Base: The Japanese freemium e-commerce platform that’s following Shopify’s lead

See original story in Japanese. Base is a Tokyo startup that provides an easy-to-implement e-commerce platform. It was born from Project Liverty, a tech savvy...

Can crowdsourcing startups change Japan’s employment landscape?

This article is based on an interview published on our Japanese-language site (see part one and two). It has been partially modified for our...

Live-streaming app TwitCasting surpasses 2 million users, but founder is a little distressed

See the original story in Japanese. TwitCasting is an app that allows you to stream videos from iPhone or Android handsets. The service was launched...

Japanese corporate communication platform Talknote has more than 5,000 clients

See the original story in Japanese. Talknote, a Tokyo-based startup providing an in-company social network platform for sharing among colleagues, announced that it has acquired...

NTT Docomo launches startup incubation program, partners with 500Startups and B Dash Ventures

See original story in Japanese Japan's largest mobile telco NTT Docomo (NYSE:DCM) today announced its new incubation program called 'Docomo Innovation Village' (first alluded to back...

Lang-8: The language learning startup that’s playing the long game

Lang–8, launched in 2007, is a language-learning platform in which users from different language backgrounds can socially correct each other’s writings. The CEO YangYang Xi...

Japanese fashion coordination site iQON raises $3.2M, will boost marketing efforts

See original story in Japanese Vasily, a Tokyo-based startup which runs online fashion coordination service iQON, announced today that it has fundraised a total...

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