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News  20, Aug 2012

PeaTiX at August Founders Drinks – How Japan’s Eventbrite raised US$1.62M and what’s hot in SEA

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Peatix social ticketingFor Founders Drinks this month, Taku Harada and Emi Takemura, cofounders of PeaTiX, will share insights on the PeaTiX funding story and their take on the Southeast Asia market. 

If there is EventBrite in the West, in Japan, there is PeaTiX. The number one social ticketing platform in Japan, makes it very easy for event organizers to build good looking event pages, distribute or sell tickets, manage RSVPs, promote events, collect fees, and manage check-ins. Since its release in May 2012, PeaTiX has supported over 2500 events, primarily in Japan. Founded in December 2011, PeaTiX has managed to raised a total of US$1.62 million to date from backers such as 500 Startups, DG Incubation and Itochu Technology Ventures, among others.

PeaTiX is founded by Taku Harada, who holds the CEO role as well as Emi Takemura, who is the chief marketing officer. Taku founded PeaTiX together with his former colleagues at Amazon. Taku has held various positions at Amazon Japan including head of its mobile and online marketing divisions. He was also involved in the launched of the iTunes Music Store in Japan, while at Apple in 2005. Prior to co-founding PeaTiX, Emi was a marketing director at Disney Interactive Media Group in Japan. She has also held management positions at both Excite Japan and Amazon.co.jp.

Taku and Emi will be sharing about how they managed to secure their funding and the things to look out for when pitching to Japanese venture capitalist. With the Japanese aggresively setting up Southeast Asian funds and actively investing, this will be a valuable sharing session for startup founders. On top of that, the PeaTiX founders will also share their thoughts on the Southeast Asian market. While we have been hearing a lot of views and interests from Japanese venture capitalists, this is a good chance to hear from Japanese startups.

This month’s Founders Drinks will be held at Shuffle Bistro Bar. Drinks are on attendees own. So if you are a startup founder or are interested in the Japanese market, join us as we kick off our next Founders Drinks in Singapore. You can register for the event at our August Founders Drinks PeaTiX page.

Event Details:

Date: 30th August, 2012 (Thursday)

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Shuffle Bistro Bar, Blk 3D River Valley Road #02-03, Clarke Quay Singapore 179023 (Gothere.sg)

Agenda

6.30pm – Registration

7.00pm – Opening remarks by e27

7.10pm – Sharing by Emi of PeaTix

7.30pm – Q&A

7:45pm – Final Announcement

8.00pm – Drinks & Neworking (Drinks on attendees’ own)

Registration: You can register for the event at our August Founders Drinks PeaTiX page.

Jacky Yap

Jacky Yap

Having spent one year abroad in Shanghai under the NUS Overseas College Programme, Jacky has an avid interest in entrepreneurship and web based startups. Jacky used to run N-House, Singapore's first entrepreneurial themed residence in NUS, and was also part of the organizing team for Startup Weekend Singapore 2012. You can reach him at jacky [at] e27 [dot] co

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