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Masaru Ikeda

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Masaru started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms. He’s been traveling around Silicon Valley and Asia exploring the IT industry, and he also curates event updates for the Tokyo edition of Startup Digest.

Japan’s 600, startup behind kiosks-in-a-fridge for offices, raises $920K in funding

Tokyo-based 600, the Japanese startup offering the kiosks-in-a-fridge service for offices, announced today that it has fundraised 100 million yen (about $920,000 US) from...

Japanese AI startup Cinnamon closes series B round with $13.7M in funding

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese startup Cinnamon, developing a document reading engine and a voice recognition solution leveraging their proprietary AI technologies, announced...

Meet 4 startups that pitched at Global Brain annual portfolio showcase in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese VC firm Global Brain held the its annual event called Global Brain Alliance Forum 2018 last month in...

Japan’s Grooves raises $920K from Halal fund to expand recruiting business in Malaysia

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Grooves, the company best known for its engineer recruiting platform called Forkwell, announced today that it has fundraised...

Japan’s Morning Pitch reveals 7 outstanding teams from presentations throughout 2018

See the original story in Japanese. Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support and Nomura Securities conducted the first special event of the year for their Morning Pitch...

Back pain management app Pocket Therapist wins Health 2.0 Asia-Japan pitch competition

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based MedPeer, the Japanese company behind an online community for medics under the same name, held the Health 2.0...

Japanese investment firm aSTART launches $46M space tech fund

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese investment firm aSTART announced on Monday it has formed the Space aSTART new fund specializing in space tech...

Kamereo raises $500K to help restaurants in Vietnam manage suppliers, food orders

See the original story in Japanese. Ho Chi Minh City-based Kamereo, the startup behind a B2B food marketplace for restaurants in Vietnam under the same...

Japan’s Code Republic accelerator debuts 4 startups at Winter 2018 Demo Day

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Code Republic, the startup accelerator jointly operated by YJ Capital and East Ventures, hosted the Demo Day of...

Japan port city of Kobe, 500 startups showcase 18 teams at 3rd batch Demo...

See the original story in Japanese. Kobe City along with 500 Startups held a Demo Day for the 3rd batch of the 500 Kobe Accelerator...

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