TAG: Japan

Monk's Hill Ventures now backed by Yahoo Japan -- and Samurais?

By Michael de Waal-Montgomery | Jun 18, 2015

Japanese venture capital leaving the country to travel south is nothing new. Going as far back as 2013, reports have commented on the surge of Japanese investments into Southeast Asia Read More

Echelon 2015: "APAC has an unhealthy obsession with unicorns"

By Twishy Shahi | Jun 17, 2015

Rakuten Ventures’ Saemin Ahn, and a speaker at the upcoming Echelon Asia Summit, says startups should rather focus on building a robust product Read More

Here's how SoftBank is hunting for the next unicorn

By Twishy Shahi | Jun 15, 2015

The company has invested US$1.12 billion across six deals in 2015 so far Read More

Japan's Cookpad buys Indian recipe-sharing startup Cucumbertown

By Sainul Abudheen K | Jun 15, 2015

The acquisition will enable Cucumbertown to scale to international markets and monetise the platform Read More

LINE amps up offerings in Japan with music streaming service

By Donna Louisse | Jun 11, 2015

Can LINE raise the bar for Japan's music streaming, when streaming subscriptions accounted for only 3 per cent of the US$2.48 billion industry? Read More

Rakuten looks to raise US$1.5B to gobble up more companies

By Michael de Waal-Montgomery | Jun 04, 2015

This is not the first time Rakuten has made public offerings of new shares, having done so a handful of times previously in 2006, 2004, 2003 and 2000 Read More

Funding Bytes: Daily tech funding news updates, May/15

By e27 Editorial Staff | May 15, 2015

Welcome to our daily compilation of tech funding news in Asia. We’ll be updating this post as news comes in, so watch this space Read More

SoftBank names Nikesh Arora as President & Son’s potential successor

By Twishy Shahi | May 12, 2015

The overseas market will be a major focus area for SoftBank, announces Son Read More

How about an app that can send earthquake warnings

By Twishy Shahi | May 08, 2015

GPS in smartphones can detect earthquakes and trigger warnings before the strongest waves begin, say researchers Read More

Japan’s VRG acquires tour packages marketplace Flocations

By Sainul Abudheen K | Apr 30, 2015

With this acquisition, VRG plans to expand its tour packages business to Southeast Asia Read More

Japan’s love for India's consumer Internet continues as Mitsui backs Naaptol

By Sainul Abudheen K | Apr 28, 2015

The business conglomerate participated in US$21 million funding round in e-commerce firm Naaptol, along with NEA, Canaan and SVB Read More

Rebright Partners launches new US$20M fund for India

By Rahil Bhagat | Apr 28, 2015

Rebright Partner's new India-focused fund will target startups in the mobile technology and smartphone sector Read More

Japanese VC firm to ‘Rebright’en the consumer Internet space in India

By Sainul Abudheen K | Apr 27, 2015

Japan's Rebright Partners is raising a new fund, a large chunk of which will go into over 20 consumer Internet companies in India Read More

Japan's ChatWork raises US$2.5M to take on Slack in Asia

By Michael de Waal-Montgomery | Apr 27, 2015

The money will also be used for product development, hiring, and to fuel continued growth in North America and Europe Read More

Japan's translation platform Gengo raises US$5.4M Series C

By Michael de Waal-Montgomery | Apr 22, 2015

Funds will be used to build more powerful translation tools, improve the translator workbench and create a host of new resources for users Read More

99designs raises US$10 million in Series B to expand to Asia

By Donna Louisse | Apr 15, 2015

The round was led by Recruit Strategic Partners, the Silicon Valley-based venture capital arm of Japan’s Recruit Holdings Read More

Meet the 12 startups that impressed judges with their pitches at B Dash Camp

By Rahil Bhagat | Apr 15, 2015

Twelve startups from seven countries, chosen from a total pool of 54, brought their A game to the pitching competition. Read on to know who took home the prize Read More

Starting up is so painful, I will never want to do it again: GREE Founder

By Rahil Bhagat | Apr 13, 2015

In front of a packed house in Fukuoka, Japan, Yoshikazu Tanaka talks about challenges, secret of GREE's success and what lies ahead Read More

Your weekly Echelon roundup: Crazy Bird ticket packs sold out

By Jin Yao Kwan | Apr 10, 2015

Crazy Bird ticket packs for Echelon Indonesia and the Echelon Asia Summit are all sold out, and the Early Bird tickets will sell out soon with these exciting updates Read More

What country was too challenging for Waze and WhatsApp?

By geektime | Apr 08, 2015

Japan, where consumers demand near perfection, is one of the trickiest markets for a startup. Here are a few tips for those who dare to try Read More

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