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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.
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News curation app Gunosy raises $342,000 from angel investors

Gunosy, a Tokyo-based startup which runs a news curation service, announced today it has raised 31.6 million yen (approximately $342,000) by allocating new shares...

Yahoo Japan Takes 10% Stake of Wedding Site

Nikkei Business Online is reporting that Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689) has taken more than a 10% stake of wedding-related, buzz marketing site Minnano Wedding. The...

Rakuten to take 32.5% stake of fashion commerce site Stylife for $5.37M

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten (JSD:4755) announced today it would acquire Stylife (JDS:3037), one of Japan's largest fashion e-commerce sites. Stylife is currently listed on...

The Japanese iPhone app that’s taking out trash one photo at a time

Pirika is a smartphone app that encourages you to clean up your environment. The concept involves sharing a picture of what you cleaned up,...

Meet 5 new mobile startups from KDDI’s tech accelerator

KDDI Mugen Labo, a startup incubator run by Japan’s second largest telco, recently held a conference called “4th Meeting” where we heard from five...