Tag Archives: Japan

East Asia Feature

The search for the TOP100 Startups comes to East Asia

The search for the TOP100 Startups comes to East Asia

After Qualifiers in Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia, e27 arrives in East Asia – Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – in search of TOP100 Startups across Asia Pacific The search for Echelon’s TOP100 Startups will continue in the East Asian countries of Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in April, where the most


4 reasons to venture into VentureCon Japan

Here are four reasons to attend VentureCon Japan: Asia’s premier tech and startup conference for investors. On April 23, 2015, thought leaders and industry practitioners will gather at the Tokyo Stock Exchange for VentureCon Japan 2015 – an investor-centric conference – to connect, learn, and strengthen relationships. With an increase in the number of private

Developer Feature

Showcase your talent as tech stalwarts host developer workshops in your city

e27 hosts exciting developer workshops – organised by the top tech companies – in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore. As e27 travels to 14 cities in search of the TOP100 Startups for the Echelon Asia Summit, five developer workshops will be hosted in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore featuring the top tech companies

Funding featured

Ticketing platform Peatix bags US$5M in Series B funding

Peatix, a global online ticketing platform, has raised US$5 million funding led by DG Incubation, the investment subsidiary of Digital Garage SPH Media Fund, the corporate venture fund of Singapore Press Holdings, and Japanese media company Sunny Side Up also invested in this round New funding will help Peatix enhance mobile and event discovery technology


Japan’s social hiring platform Wantedly enters Indonesia

It is going to launch an Android-based mobile app soon Wantedly, a professional hiring platform from Japan, will make Indonesia one of markets it explores while expanding to countries outside Japan. The team behind Wantedly picked Indonesia as their first choice of international expansion. The decision was based on the fact that many Indonesians jump from one company

Acquisition featured

Japan’s Recruit buys Germany’s Quandoo for US$219M

The acquisition is part of Recruit’s strategy of acquiring other lifestyle companies including travel, dining and beauty Japan’s Recruit has acquired Quandoo, an online restaurant reservation platform operating mainly in Germany and other countries in the EU, for US$219 million. Started in 2012, the app allows diners to choose a restaurant based on their preferences, book a

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Astroscale raises US$7.7 million in Series A funding

Singapore-based private commercial space venture Astroscale raises US$7.7 million in Series A funding Investors include VC and private equity firm JAFCO, along with Mistletoe Inc CEO Taizo Son, Gree Co-founder Kotaro Yamagishi, and Mixi Co-founder Kenji Kasahara Funding will be used to set up operations in Japan to accelerate the manufacture of small satellites Singapore-based private commercial space venture Astroscale announced that it


B Dash Camp invites Southeast Asian founders and investors

B Dash Ventures is opening the doors to its normally invite-only B Dash Camp. The conference will be held in Fukuoka on April 9 and 10, 2015 Update: Applications for B-Dash Camp have already closed. Thanks for participating! Dear Southeast Asian startups and investors, have you always been keen to take a stab at entering the Japanese

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Startups should first figure out what makes them tick: GREE Ventures’ Albert Shyy

In a chat with e27, GREE Ventures’ Associate, Shyy shares his business philosophies and views on the investment scene in Asia Pacific Why are you doing this? What makes you tick? It is these questions that Albert Shyy of GREE Ventures wants startups to answer when they come to him. American born Shyy is an Associate over

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Japanese app monetisation platform Metaps secures US$36M

Metaps is a Japanese app monetisation platform that helps developers implement IAP’s into their products Series C round worth some US$36M, brings total invested amount to US$51.2M List of investors were not revealed Money will be used to fund artificial intelligence technology and also expand operations on the financial side  Japanese mobile app monetisation platform Metaps has just announced that it had


LINE launches new US$42M investment fund for startups

LINE will use the new fund to provide financial support to service providers operating in the fields of O2O, e-commerce, payment, media and entertainment Japanese messaging app LINE, which seems to be making a new announcement nearly every week, has just announced the launch of a new JPY 5 billion (US$42 million) investment fund.  The fund,

Kinawa Feature

[Singapore] Okinawa: the Gateway Connecting Asia and Japan

Find out more about the policy directions of Okinawa, the gateway connecting Asia and Japan! Synopsis: kinawa, for a long time, has conducted trades with Asian neighbors and developed as a bridge connecting Asia and Japan. As corporate activities are getting more globalized, Okinawa is on its path to be a part of dynamic Asian


Japan, Taiwan and Singapore top in multi-device users in APAC: Appier

Japan and Taiwan had highest percentage of multi-device users with two devices, while most Singaporean consumers had three Cross-screen marketing technology company Appier has analysed user behaviours across PCs, smartphones, and tablets in different markets in its latest Cross-Screen User Behavior Research Report. The report is based on the data from Appier campaigns run in the


[Japan] Startupbootcamp FinTech Pitch Day Tokyo

Join FinTech Pitch Day Tokyo to connect with some of the best innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the world. Synopsis: Startupbootcamp FinTech is the leading startup accelerator for FinTech startups worldwide with two programs in London and Singapore. 10 startups will be selected for a 13 weeks program to be accelerated to a fast growth stage. Pitch


Why Thailand, Philippines top Singapore for Japan’s IMJ Investment

Startups think they can start from Singapore and expand into Malaysia or Thailand, but it’s not easy. I prefer to go directly to invest locally, reveals IMJ’s Koichi Saito Japanese VC fund IMJ Investment Partners made just one investment in Singapore’s startup scene in 2014, preferring instead to go straight to markets that Singaporean startups are ultimately looking to enter