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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.

Crowdsourced manga translation app wins entertainment firm’s incubator Demo Day

See the original story in Japanese. Earlier this month, Culture Convenience Club (CCC for short, TSE:4756), the Japanese company well known for its CD/video rental...

Japan’s Farmnote, developer of wearables and SaaS for dairy cows, raises $3.5M

See the original story in Japanese. Hokkaido-based Farmnote, developing the cloud-based herd management system under the same name, has raised 400 million yen (about $3.5...

Duo aims to attract inbound visitors with new experience to let them visit Japan...

See the original story in Japanese. The two guys from the Israel-based consulting firm Aniwo, who had given some posts about the recent Israeli tech...

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...

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