Where will Japan-based startup Sansan go next? Its CEO hints at English-speaking markets in the region
Japanese cloud-based business card management service provider Sansan has officially launched its namesake offering in Singapore, following its launch in the US in May 2014.
For background, the Sansan app, available on iOS and Google Play, allows users to scan name cards and share contact information with their co-workers via handy smartphones. The firm generates revenue via a monthly subscription, which comes with ‘professional’ benefits like the ability to export information in the CSV format. Users who do not wish to pay can still enjoy basic benefits at no cost.
Prior to its US launch, Sansan announced raising US$14 million in funding led by venture capital firm DCM and other investors. It was stated that the funds will be used for international expansion and overseas launch efforts.
Chika Terada, CEO, Sansan shared that the team intends to expand into other English-speaking countries in Asia, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong. There are currently no plans to set up an office in Singapore.
According to an official note, the Sansan app has garnered more than 300 users, including premium users in the US and Singapore. The number of users in Japan is not specified. Additionally, it claims to have more than 2,000 premium corporate users globally.