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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.

Omise secures series B++ round funding from Global Brain, Mitsui Fudosan, SMDV

  See the original story in Japanese. Bangkok- and Tokyo-based Omise Holdings, providing the Omise online payment services as well as the OmiseGo (OMG) token economy-powered...

Ginco wallet app launches decentralized exchange for crypto investors outside Japan

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ginco, the Japanese startup developing a multi-cryptocurrency wallet app, officially announced the launch of its decentralized exchange (DEX) on the app. The availability of the DEX function will be limited to users outside Japan for the time being because it may require them to register as a “virtual

Sonas raises $3.1M to develop power-saving multi-hop wireless network technology

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Sonas, the Japanese startup developing a wireless communication technology for IoT (Internet of Things) called UNISONet, announced on...

Tokyo XR Startups holds 4th Demo Day, sets new incubation categories for next batch

See the original story in Japanese. The VR (Virtual Reality) startup incubator Tokyo XR Startups, managed by Japan’s game developer Gumi (TSE:3903) and others, this...

Pathee gets $6M from Mitsui, others; helps physical stores reach more consumers online

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Pathee, the Japanese service behind a locality directory service under the same name, announced that it raised 650...

B2B marketplace for deadstock apparel wins Starburst accelerator 5th Demoday in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. StarBurst is the Tokyo-based seed accelerator managed by ProtoStar. The accelerator held its 5th Demo Day in Tokyo in...

Payke mobile shopping assistant for foreign visitors in Japan raises $9 million

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo- and Okinawa-based Payke, the Japanese startup behind a mobile shopping assistant app ( iOS / Android ) for...

Japan’s Cluster secures $3.6M series B to develop own VR live show content

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Cluster, the Japanese startup behind the social VR (virtual reality) app under the same name supporting thousands-scale events...

Japanese personal data storage startup Datasign launches password manager app

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based DataSign, a startup offering a service for managing and using personal data, officially launched the Paspit personal data...

Senri, sales optimization tool for FMCG firms in Africa, raises $7.2M from Japanese VCs

See the original story in Japanese. Nairobi-based Africa Incubator (Afri-inc), the Kenyan startup offering the Senri sales optimization platform for manufacturing and distribution businesses in...