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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.

Bangkok’s Flare secures early funding, boasts 15,000 drivers wrapping car in ads

See the original story in Japanese. Bangkok-based Flare, the startup offering a car advertising network under the same name, announced today that it has secured...

Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies makes successful space rocket launch

Japanese space startup Intersteller Technologies announced earlier today that it has successfully launched a small rocket in Hokkaido this morning. The company is well...

Japan’s BlueGoats Capital looks to join series B rounds for global startups in unique...

See the original story in Japanese. Kazuhiro Aoyagi, the founder and CEO of Ignition Point, announced the establishment of a startup fund called BlueGoats Capital...

One Visa now can help immigrant workers in Japan get credit cards, official certificates

See the original story in Japanese. One Visa (formerly Residence), the Japanese startup that helps companies streamline visa management for their foreign employees, announced in...

Japan startup unveils manned hoverbike, expecting it to fly above public roads [video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrUIJ8RerW0?rel=0] See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based A.L.I. Technologies (formerly known as Aerial Lab Industries) gave the press a demonstration of the prototype of...

Japanese ‘robotics legend’ joins telexistence startup Gitai as COO to create space robots

See the original story in Japanese. Japanese telexistence robotics startup Gitai (formerly MacroSpace) announced today that it has appointed humanoid scientist/engineer and former Founder/CEO of...

Buzzreach raises $450K to help Japanese pharma firms ease clinical trials for drugs

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based MedTech startup Buzzreach announced today that it has fundraised 50 million yen (about $450,000 US) in a seed...

20 Japanese startups unite to exhibit at 4FYN 2019 in Barcelona, attract big crowd

See the original story in Japanese. Four Years From Now (4YFN for short) is a startup showcase event in Barcelona, annually taking place along with...

Quan, creating messaging characters, snags $3.6M to strengthen China, Thai expansion

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo- / Bangkok- / Shanghai-based Quan, the Japanese startup creating and offering character stickers for online messaging, announced today...

Japanese user location analytics startup Rei Frontier raises $2.7M from Mitsui & Co.

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Rei Frontier, the Japanese startup behind AI-powered user location analytics platform called SilentLog Analytics/SDK, announced today it has...