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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 BoostIO secures series A to boost bug bounty site for open source projects

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based BoostIO (formerly based in Fukuoka and known as Maisin & Co.), the Japanese startup behind the Boostnote Github-alternative...

Japanese microsatellite startup Axelspace secures $23M series B round

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese microsatellite startup Axelspace annoufnced on Friday that it has raised about 2.58 billion yen (about $23 million US)...

Japan’s Clear, study notes organizer app, gets $880K to help fresh grads find right...

See the orioginal story in Japanese. Japan’s Arcterus, providing educational services including a notebook-sharing app named Clear, announced on Friday that it has fundraised 100...

Japan’s biotech firm Spiber raises $44M to set up synthetic spider silk plant in...

See the original story in Japanese. Considering that the spider’s silk is the toughest biological material ever studied, Japanese startup Spiber has researched and succeeded...

Next-gen drone startup Aeronext wins pitch arena at B Dash Camp Fall 2018 in...

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese outstanding VC firm B Dash Ventures held its flagship semi-annual conference B Dash Camp 2018 Fall in Fukuoka...

AI startup accelerator Zeroth partners with Softbank-backed Deepcore, shares deal flow

See the original story in Japanese. Hong Kong-based Zeroth, an AI-focused startup accelerator, announced on Monday it has entered into a strategic partnership with Tokyo-based...

Ad giant Dentsu, SF-based Scrum Ventures jointly set up global sports-tech accelerator

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese ad giant Dentsu (TSE:4324) and the San Francisco-based VC firm Scrum Ventures last month jointly held an explanatory...

Japanese life science startup accelerator to launch shared wet lab in central Tokyo

Japan’s life science VC fund / accelerator Beyond Next Ventures (BNV), community builder Link-J and realty concern Mitsui Fudosan (TSE:8801) have announced that they...

Yolo Japan helps foreigners in Japan secure job; mom serial entrepreneur joins board

See the original story in Japanese. Foreign labor prospects are prompting great expectations in Japan, well known for its employee shortage. The recent introduction of...

YC Startup School grad uses holographic AI to evolve developmental disorder therapy

See the original story in Japanese. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental condition that affects people by making it difficult prioritize, manage time, focus...