Archive for 2014

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Founder Institute Officially Launches First Japanese Chapter in Kansai

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator, is proud to announce that it is launching its first Japanese chapter in Kansai. The first ever semester in Kansai begins this Spring and is currently accepting applications. With plans to run two semesters annually, the program aims to launch over 20 meaningful and enduring home-grown technology companies per year in Japan. The news of the Kansai Founder Institute launch was covered by Ken Nishimura of Read More...

Kyoto Cross-Media/Creative Center: New Coworking Space For Anime, Manga, Game, Movie Creators

This is an article originally posted to Startup Kyoto. Kyoto prefecture government and Kyoto city government jointly announced that they will open new coworking space designed for anime, manga, game, movie creators on Feb 28th. The coworking space will be located at the cross street of Karasuma and Oike, 3 minutes walk away from the Karasuma-Oike subway station, and just opposite side of Kyoto International Manga Museum. The space will Read More...

Event Report: Hack Osaka 2014

This is an article originally posted to Startup Kyoto. This year’s Hack Osaka took place at Knowledge Theater at Grand Front Osaka, which is same as last year. Hack Osaka is one-day conference with main focus on IT, hardware, and collaboration between startups and established companies in Kansai region. Keynote speech included Matt Webb, CEO of BERG Cloud from London, and Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble Technology from Silicon Valley. Each speaker Read More...

Silicon Valley Accelerator Founder Institute To Test-Launch in Kansai

This is a blog article originally posted to Startup Kyoto. The Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the World’s Largest Startup Accelerator, announced today that it is exploring a new chapter launch in Kansai this Spring 2014. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 55 cities and 34 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,017 companies, which have created over 10,000 new jobs. The company’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Read More...

Gyazo.com Becoming Japan’s Largest Rails+MongoDB Website Serving 6 Million Monthly Users

This is a blog article posted to http://www.startupkyoto.com Kyoto based startup Nota Inc., the company that operates instant image sharing service Gyazo.com, announced full renewal of its website adopting Ruby on Rails and MongoDB. For readers who aren’t familiar with the service, Gyazo is a cloud based service that can be used to cut the PC screen, and to share images and video instantly with everyone. The service is available Read More...

Articles of The Day

The Series B trap – and how to avoid it by Pandodaily 5 Business Lessons From LivingSocial’s Tale of Woe by Inc. Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3 by Steve Blank

Summary of 2013 and What’s Ahead

2013 was the year of transition in my career. I was just lucky enough to be involved with the formation of new university backed venture fund. I’m totally excited about things I’d be helping my hometown foster its startup ecosystem through this fund in the future. I’m 100% certain that my knowledge of building and running many web startups can contribute something to it and my experience of failures can help Read More...