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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.

Japanese e-commerce platform Base files for IPO

Tokyo-based Base, the e-commerce platform provider dubbed Japan’s answer to Shopify, announced on Friday that the IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE)...

Japan’s end-of-life startup Yoriso secures $18.8 million

Tokyo-based Yoriso, the Japanese startup previously known as Minrebi that connects bereaved families to funeral homes and other end-of-life service providers, announced today that...

Boasting 300M+ consumer reach in Asia, Yoyo launches Popstar influencer platform

See the original story in Japanese. Manila-based Yoyo Holdings, the startup known for its PopSlide mobile rewards platform, announced on Monday that it has officially...

Synspective nabs $100M in 17 months since founding, targets 6 mini-sats launch by 2022

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based aerospace startup Synspective announced today that it has secured 8.67 billion yen (about $80 million US) in a...

Cool Japan Fund invests $10M in LA-based wine club startup to promote sake in...

See the original story in Japanese. Previously known as Club W, Los Angeles-based Winc has been offering wine subscription service for American individuals. Cool Japan...

Startup DB integrated with Crunchbase to help Japanese startups gain global exposure

See the original story in Japanese.Tokyo-based 'For Startups' (previously known as Net Jinzai Bank), the Japanese company offering an executive and talent...

Digital Base Capital launches proptech fund, raising from Japanese real estate gurus

See the original story in Japanese. Digital Base Capital, Japan's first VC firm focused on the PropTech (property technology) vertical, announced it launch on Friday....

Japan startup offering airport/hotel luggage delivery secures series A round

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Airporter, the Japanese startup offering the same-day travel luggage delivery service to/from selected airports in Japan under the...

Japan’s Wovn announces Dropbox-like online storage for document translation

Tokyo-based Wovn Technologies, the Japanese startup offering a multilingual support platform for websites and other digital resources, announced today that they will launch a...

Japan’s Wakaze secures $1.4M series A funding to launch sake brewery in Paris

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese sake brewing startup Wakaze announced today that it has secured 150 million yen (about $1.4 million US) in...