Brief: Sharp commits $1b to SoftBank’s $90b-plus fund in IoT push

May 19, 2017 0

Sharp’s corporate headquarters in Osaka, Japan. Photo credit: Otsu4. The news: Sharp has committed US$1 billion over a five-year period to SoftBank’s Vision Fund, the

SoftBank takes a $1.4b hit from loss in value of its investments in Snapdeal, Ola

May 11, 2017 0

A SoftBank store in Japan. Photo credit: Wikipedia. Japan’s SoftBank has posted a US$1.41 billion loss on its financial investments relating to Indian startups Snapdeal

Billionaire Taizo Son wants to fund your crazy startup. No biz plan needed.

May 6, 2017 0

Taizo Son onstage at Tech in Asia’s Startup Asia conference 2014. Southeast Asia has a new billionaire, and he wants to invest in unconventional startups

Your VR workspace arrives soon

May 6, 2017 0

Kay Yoshimura is convinced that virtual reality will “supersede the PC and smartphone” – and not in some distant scenario, but soon. That’s why his

Japan’s answer to Y Combinator just graduated its next 3 companies

April 30, 2017 0

Graduates of Code Republic’s latest batch with YJ Capital’s managing director Shinichiro Hori in front center flanked by East Ventures managing partner Taiga Matsuyama to

Non-gaming apps start making serious money: Line, Spotify are top grossers

April 27, 2017 0

Photo credit: tomwang / 123RF Stock Photo. People love to splurge on games in app stores, even as other apps struggle to make money. But

Japanese giant bets big on Indian market, acquires leading digital marketing company

April 18, 2017 0

Photo credit: Pixabay. Dentsu Aegis Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan’s Dentsu, today announced the acquisition of SVG Media, one of the largest digital

ASX-listed iCandy acquires Singaporean gaming studio

April 13, 2017 0

Gerald Tock, CEO of Inzen Studio (L), and investor Masahiko Honma, at Pixel Studios. Mobile games company iCandy Interactive, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange

Rakuten invests $2.8m in Singapore-based serviced apartment startup

April 9, 2017 0

Photo credit: MetroResidences. Singapore-based serviced apartment MetroResidences today announced it’s all set for expansion to key Asian business cities after raising US$2.8 million in series

Check out these 11 startups in Japan and the ecosystem builders supporting them

April 6, 2017 0

The Japan Association of New Economy held its annual New Economy Summit today. The association is headed by the founder of Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, and