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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.

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...

Japanese drone startup ACSL files for IPO

Japanese drone startup Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory, ACSL for short, announced on Friday that its IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has...

Japanese crowdfunding site Readyfor raises $4.7M to help firms run social impact project

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Readyfor, the Japanese startup behind a crowdfunding site of the same name, has announced that it has raised...

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...

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