Archive for January, 2013

Startup Dating is Now Sd

Startup scene in Japan has been a sort of black box for those who don’t speak Japanese. Amongst many tech blogs in the scene, Startup Dating aimed to fill the gap between two worlds since its beginning. No wonder they got their recognition not only in Japan but also in the whole Asian regions. Now that they are taking a further step to become a global media hub for Japanese startups. They got a new Read More...

Every Startup Needs to Have Wow Factor

There is a favorite quote of mine borrowed from Zappos. WOW is such a short, simple word, but it really encompasses a lot of things. To WOW, you must differentiate yourself, which means doing something a little unconventional and innovative. You must do something that’s above and beyond what’s expected. And whatever you do must have an emotional impact on the receiver. We are not an average company, our service is Read More...

Are Investors Really Being Pickier Recently?

Few days ago New York Times published an interesting article. The article basically states that investors are becoming more cautious about making investment in tech startups, especially in Silicon Valley area, after seeing troubled IPO of Facebook and questioned profitability of highly anticipated companies like Gilt Group. I totally agree with David Sacks’s opinion saying there aren’t much opportunities left for startups where they can protect themselves from the onslaught Read More...

Guide to Raising Money From Angels

This is a bit old information, but I post it here anyway since I found the contents of this book still valid for angel investment environment today. The book is called Guide to Raising Money From Angels, which is written by an established entrepreneur / angel investor Bill Payne. As mentioned in its preface, the book is not a template for writing business plan, a worksheet for valuing your company, nor a set of Read More...

5 Tools to Kickstart Your Startup

So you have a great business idea, but don’t know how to turn it into actual startup. Use below 5 tools to kickstart your startup. 1. Startup Weekend Startup Weekend is not just an event. Think of it as a tool to verify your business idea by giving pitch to audience and then check how many people vote for you. Needless to say, Startup Weekend is one of the best Read More...

Summary of 2012

Last year was yet another period of drastic changes in my life followed by series of trips to SE Asia. Things I felt in each startup scene in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan are very diverse. At the same time I saw great necessity for creating bridge between these countries and Japan in terms of access to venture capital and human resources. Hence, 2012 was also the year I started Read More...