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    Kickstarter set to launch in Japan, where hardware startups are finding it hard

Kickstarter set to launch in Japan, where hardware startups are finding it hard

A Japanese startup shows off its VR headset. Photo credit: Fove. Nearly one year after Kickstarter first began opening up to Asia, the popular crowdfunding store is set to venture

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    Gree Ventures closes $67m second fund, expands scope to India

Gree Ventures closes $67m second fund, expands scope to India

(L-R): Gree Venture’s Yusuke Amano (CEO/Partner) and Tatsuo Tsutsumi (Partner). Japanese VC firm Gree Ventures closed a new fund at US $67M.  The fund, dubbed AT-II, intends to back startups

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    API security startup Authlete raises $1.2m in seed funding

API security startup Authlete raises $1.2m in seed funding

Photo credit: Taro Tokyo. Japanese online security company Authlete today announced the closing of its US$1.2 million seed round after attracting funds from investors including 500 Startups. The capital raised will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your VR workspace arrives soon

  Your VR workspace arrives soon

Kay Yoshimura is convinced that virtual reality will “supersede the PC and smartphone” – and not in some distant scenario,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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