Tokyo-based startup MetroWorks, which provides a platform for crowdsourcing website design and production, received an unspecified amount of funds from Sunbridge Global Ventures, a startup VC fund run by ex-Oracle Japan CEO Allen Miner.
The startup has developed a content management system called Atsumare CQ. It helps web administrators easily manage group development work among a large team of professionals, such as content producers, editors, contributors, photographers, translators, and proofreaders. The CMS product has a patent pending feature which allows administrators to manage more than several thousand professionals.
MetroWorks was founded in 2010 by Tokyo-based entrepreneurs Neil Butler and Terrie Lloyd, and is expecting business expansion in non-English speaking countries all around the world.
An example of a website using the system is JapanTourist.jp, another Lloyd/Butler venture. It’s an English-language online tourist guide that was launched in November of 2011. Since then it has acquired more than 910 contributors in Japan, with more than 300,000 monthly page views from the global audience.