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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 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...

Japan’s Leapfrog Ventures invests in Kenya-based sales bot and SaaS startup Biashara

See the original story in Japanese. Three months have passed since we first covered Leapfrog Ventures which started invested in the Sub-Saharan African market, but...

Japan’s influencer marketing startup BitStar secures $12M series C led by Global Brain

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based BitStar, develoing the BitStar influencer support platform and the E-DGE YouTuber production, announced on Monday that it has...

Ex-Tech in Asia editor launches his startup, aims to attract more people with craft...

See the original story in Japanese. Entrepreneurs are often eccentric, and that may be a kind of honorable title worthy of praise but there must...

Drone Fund announces $27M second fund; Japan soccer star Honda joins as investor

See the original story in Japanese. Japan’s Drone Fund, the fund led by the Japanese angel investor Kotaro Chiba focusing on investment into drone startups, last...

Meet six teams from Mitsubishi UFJ’s 3rd acceleration batch in Tokyo

See the original story in Japanese. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), a bank holding company with its core commercial banking subsidiary The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi...

SynchroLife, blockchain-based restaurant discovery app from Japan, raises $720K

See the original story in Japanese. Tokyo-based Ginkan, developing and offering an AI-powered social restaurant discovery app called SynchroLife, announced on Friday that it has...

Leapfrog Ventures makes first investment in Africa, backs regional FinTech startup Exuus

See the original story in Japanese. Our readers may recall that we have covered Takuma Terakubo, formerly working for Tokyo-based startup incubator Samurai Incubate, has...