Japan’s sticker character production Quan to merge with cartoonist agency Wwwaap

Tokyo-based Quan, the Japanese startup producing characters like Betakkuma and Business Fish for messaging stickers, has announced that it will merge with Wwwaap (pronounced ‘warp’), an agency of cartoonists and influencers. The two companies will be merged by January of 2022 to establish a new company called Minto. Quan’s CEO Kazuhiro Mizuno will be appointed […]

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University of Tokyo to set up $536m fund for school-born startups

University of Tokyo to set up $536m fund for school-born startups

TOKYO — The University of Tokyo plans to start investing in startups spawned at the institution drawing from a new 60 billion yen ($536 million) fund, Nikkei has learned, as it aims to support the creation of unicorns and help Japan catch up in the global tech race. The fund is expected to become Japan’s largest university-launched […]

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How founders can deal with everyday struggles and anxiety that come with the job

How founders can deal with everyday struggles and anxiety that come with the job

Startup founders talk about how they navigate through these tough times, and psychologists tell what can be done about managing anxiety and resolving team management issues. As the founder and CEO of a startup, if there is one thing that you need to learn it is how to deal with failures and the everyday anxiety […]

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PayPal acquires Japan’s Paidy for $2.7B

PayPal acquires Japan’s Paidy for $2.7B to crack the buy now, pay later market in Asia  

PayPal Holdings, the U.S. fintech company, announced an acquisition of Paidy, a Japanese buy now, pay later (BNPL) service platform, for approximately $2.7 billion (300 billion yen), mostly in cash, to enhance its business in Japan. The transaction completion, including the regulatory approval, is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. After the acquisition, the […]

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Autify, AI-powered software testing automation platform

Autify advances no-code AI-powered software testing automation platform with $10M Series A

While working as a software engineer in Japan, Singapore and San Francisco for the past 10 years, Ryo Chikazawa, CEO and co-founder of Autify, came to realize that there’s one common problem in the software development industry; software testing takes excessive time. Chikazawa and co-founder Sam Yamashita started Autify in 2016 in San Francisco to […]

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Korean edtech startup Riiid acquires Langoo, expands in Japan  

SoftBank-backed Korean edtech startup Riiid acquires Langoo, expands in Japan  

Riiid, a South Korea-headquartered AI-powered edtech company, acquired its Japanese distribution partner Langoo to expand its Japan footprint. The acquisition comes after the company’s latest $175 million Series D round from SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 in May. Riiid has said it will continue to fuel its global expansion with the funding. Langoo, Riiid’s partner in Japan, offers […]

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bellFace scoops up 3 billion yen in series D round

Online sales saas Platform bellFace scoops up 3 billion yen in series D round

Bellface, which operates the online sales system “Bellface” that realizes non-face-to-face business negotiations, announced on September 21 that it has raised approximately 3 billion yen in Series D round funding through a third-party allotment. .. …

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