Partners & Advisors

Media Partners


beSUCCESS is a South Korean media platform about startups, technology and entrepreneurship with English and Korean language versions. It introduces Korean start-ups and companies to global audience through its English version and media partners.

DailySocial is the first tech-blog covering Indonesia’s web startup scene founded by Rama Mamuaya. It is a community-based blog where they hold startup-related events to hangout with netpreneurs and influential people in the tech industry.


Founded in 2007, e27 is a media organization focused on the Asian technology startup industry. They believe in building the community of technology innovators across Asia by reporting on the latest, breaking news relevant to technology startups, technology companies as well as investors all the while keeping their ears to the ground by connecting with their readers.

Tech in Asia

Tech in Asia is an online technology news startup based in Asia, with team members all across the region. As a crew of journalists and bloggers with a passion for new ways of delivering the news, we’ve bonded together under one goal – to create a great Asia-focused tech news site to tell the world about the wonderful things that are happening here.


TechNode is China’s Tech blog that takes a look at what tech development is going on all over Asia. It is popular tech blog uncovering the latest news on start-up entrepreneurs, investors, large companies and industry trends in China and Asia. Their focus is on social media, mobile and e-commerce and new trends such as Big Data and augmented reality.


TechOrange is a tech news media based in Taiwan, and following what’s happening in the Internet industry in the world.


Thumbsup is a leading tech blog from Bangkok, Thailand. They have been reporting local technology, social media movement and digital industry since early 2011. Their content has been syndicated in the top publications in Thailand. They are tech professionals who have been in the industry for over a decade, earning their stripes from many leading tech companies.

Startup Compass

The Startup Compass is a product of the Startup Genome, an initiative inspired by a 2010 Kauffman Foundation study that showed that startups were leading job growth in the United States. It is a platform used by more than 13,000 companies as a benchmarking tool to evaluate their performance, align their team and better allocate their product development and customer acquisition resources.


Kiyo Kobayashi

Kiyo Kobayashi is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Tokyo-based ad network provider Nobot. He has established three companies to date, including food importing business and a coffee beans e-commerce site. Subsequently he was involved in launching more than a dozen of Internet business projects.

In 2011, his third company Nobot was acquired for $19M by Mediba, a subsidiary of Japan’s second largest telco KDDI. The news got a huge attention from investors and entrepreneurs because of the rare exit case with such a huge number in the Japanese startup scene. He’s also known to give advice and mentoring to several high potential Japanese startups.

Jeffrey Paine

Jeffrey Paine is the founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage technology seed fund based in Singapore investing in Southeast Asia. Jeff started and manages the Founder Institute in Singapore where he is currently overseeing its expansion in Southeast Asia. Since 2010 the Founder Institute in Singapore has graduated over 60 companies.

Hiro Maeda

Hiro Maeda is a Managing Partner of Open Network Lab, a seed stage investment program based in Tokyo. In 2010, Hiro was selected as one of the “Leaders of Tomorrow” at the St. Gallen Symposium. Hiro is also an active Silicon Valley investor and has invested in over 40 companies in Japan and U.S.A.

Taiga Matsuyama

Taiga Matsuyama formed Kronos Fund with successful entrepreneurs and has been investing in early-stage startups. He’s also working with East Ventures, ex-Mixi CTO Batara Eto’s investment fund in Singapore, for managing investment in tech startups in the South East Asian region. East Ventures has invested in our partner Tech in Asia as well.

Dr. Serkan Toto

Dr. Serkan Toto is an independent consultant and advisor focusing on Japan’s web, mobile and social gaming industries. Based in Tokyo, he works together with financial institutions and startups worldwide. Serkan has been the Japan contributor for since 2008.

Global Brain

Global Brain is an independent venture capital sticking to hands-on support to startups and venture business. The company aims to prosper together with their supporting companies.

Incubate Fund

Incubate Fund is a partnership-based venture capital formed in May of 2010 by four notable Japanese venture capitalists who have been committed to seed investments and startup launches in the web and mobile industry. The four capitalists have been involved in more than 50 startups in the last five years, helping those startups expand their business more globally.

Infocomm Investments

Infocomm Investments is the VC arm of Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority. As an investment fund, their main objective is to invest in innovative technology companies that complement their vision of building a competitive IT landscape in Singapore.

Itochu Technology Ventures

ITOCHU Technology Ventures (ITV), based in Tokyo, is the venture capital arm of ITOCHU Corporation, one of the world’s largest corporations with offices in over 80 countries and operations that cover a broad spectrum of industries. Its mission is to invest and help build leading information technology companies by leveraging a vast array of resources both domestically and internationally throughout ITOCHU and its group companies.

Open Network Lab

Open Network Lab is a seed acceleration program based in Tokyo, Japan. It was jointly established by Digital Garage,, and in April of 2010. The program is mentorship-driven; where mentors such as Joi Ito (Director of MIT Media Lab), Biz Stone (Co-Founder of Twitter), Phil Libin (Founder of Evernote), and many others have participated.

Movida Japan

Movida Japan is a company that aims to bring affluence and exciting experience to the Japanese economy and local community. Making the most of evolving content and media power from its subsidiaries and parent companies, they’ve been proposing towards value creation through new business models.

CyberAgent Ventures

CyberAgent Ventures is the VC arm of Tokyo-based CyberAgent, Inc., and invests in internet startups across Japan, Greater China, Korea and Southeast Asia. Their main aim is to be a specialist in the internet-mobile business fields and find/develop start-up companies that are expected to prosper further.