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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 Space Market, on-demand venue rental marketplace, files for IPO

Space Market CEO Daisuke Shigematsu Tokyo-based Space Market, offering a marketplace of unused or idle venues for on-demand...

Japan’s Money Forward acquires SaaS comparison startup Smartcamp for $18M

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Money Forward (TSE:3994), the Japanese company providing cloud-based accounting solutions, announced on Monday that it will take a...

Wassha, power supplier for off-grid Africa, snags $9M from Daikin, Yamaha Motor, others

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Wassha, developing a prepaid solar power delivery service to off-grid areas in rural Africa by networking kiosk vendors...

Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake files for IPO

Tokyo-based Makuake, the crowdfunding site under the umbrella of Japanese tech giant CyberAgent (TSE:4751), announced today that the IPO application to the Tokyo Stock...

Japanese accounting startup Freee to go IPO, targets $1B valuation: Nikkei

Nikkei reported earlier this morning that Tokyo-based Freee, a Japanese startup behind a cloud-based accounting platform under the same name, is planning to get...

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...

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