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SBI Holdings invests $30m into Korean mobile service provider Yellow Mobile
2016년 02월 17일

Yellow Mobile, a Korean startup offering mobile services has secured a US$30m (KRW 36b) investment from Japanese internet and financial group SBI Holdings. The investment is a result of SBI Holding’s business alliance and strategic investment plans made last year. Yoshitaka, the Chairman of SBI Holding commented, “Yellow Mobile leads innovation within the mobile paradigm with its vision and potential for growth”. “Our support will allow Yellow Mobile to transition from the venture…

John Jung CBO of Kakao to Present at MWC 2016
2016년 02월 17일

Kakao Corp., the provider of mobile messaging platform Kakao Talk and Korea’s successful on-demand service Kakao Taxi, announced that its CBO John Jung will be presenting at the 25th of Feb at the Mobile World Congress 2016, taking place in Barcelona Spain. John will be speaking at the ‘Personalization and the On-demand Economy” conference session, which will take place at Auditorium 3 in Hall 4 of Fira Grand via (the MWC venue), starting at 11…

Cyber Security Predictions for 2015: Were the Experts Right?
  ·  2016년 02월 05일

About this time last year, experts and analysts all placed their official predictions for the cyber threat landscape in 2015. Now that a year has come and gone, it would be interesting to see if these so called analysts were correct. Today, we will review some of the most common web security trends that experts thought would be a major issue in 2015. As a reference, Symantec developed an excellent infographic that…

Edutech startup, Riiid secures $1.7m series A investment for adaptive learning technology
2016년 02월 03일

Riiid, an educational technology startup has secured a Series A investment of US$1.7m (KRW 2b) from DSC Investment, DS Asset Investment, and Shinhan Capital. This successful investment comes as recognition of the potential for Riiid’s ‘Adaptive Learning’ technology for delivering educational contents. Lee Han Byul, the team leader from DSC Investment commented, “Although ‘Adaptive Learning’ is a relatively new concept in Korea, it has already proved popular in USA, China and India…

‘Park Here’, the Pioneer in Innovating Urban Parking
  ·  2016년 02월 03일

In hotel industry, there is a rather clear ceiling for their revenues; when the rooms are all booked out, it’s pretty much it. There might be some cash inflows from F&B and other event-related revenues such as renting out a conference room, but they are more-or-less still dependent to the room sales. Such a unique ceiling allows hotel operators different perspectives on revenues. First, they are less interested in extending their revenues,…

Top five healthcare trends from technology startups
2016년 02월 01일

Technology has been integral in medical advancement and personal health. Now more than ever, technology is readily available to people of developed countries, mostly in the form of smart phones and devices. Recently, a surge in personal health gadgets and apps has been observed with the likes of Garmin Vivosmart, Fitbit, Samsung S Health and Apple Health gaining momentum in the market. These smart devices have the ability to not only enhance…

Naver Q4 profit up 5 % vs year earlier
2016년 01월 28일

South Korean leading search company ‘Naver’ said its Q4 profit rose 5 percent from a year earlier. Net profit came to 141.5 billion won (US$118 million) in that period, compared with the 129.6 billion won a year earlier. Advertisement sales from its mobile search engine platform have been the main revenue streamline for its quarterly performance, accounting for 42 percent of the total advertisement sales. While sales from domestic advertisements moved up 15.2 percent, that…

K­Beauty and Fashion customisation: The next wave in Korean commerce
2016년 01월 27일

Competition in Korea is heating up with the popularity of SPA brands in the fashion industry and big players like Laniege, Sulawhasoo dominating the beauty market. Local and international consumers are thronging to purchase fashion and beauty products coming out of Korea. With the playing field afire with dominant players, new entrants have to differentiate themselves to make a name for themselves. But what can they offer to stand out from among…

How these 5 Korean startups are removing language barriers through technology to go global
2016년 01월 27일

In Korea, like in many countries where English is not the lingua franca, there is an especially large gap when it comes to having the right words for an international audience. This language barrier comes in not only while traveling but also while conducting business internationally. More and more users are now relying on technology to help overcome language issues that they may face on a daily basis, while getting directions in…

Thanks To Eased Regulations Crowdfunding Picks Up Speed in Korea
2016년 01월 25일

Imagine a new Korean drama is in the works, but to bring it to life the producers need funding. How fast would your little sister hit that ‘fund’ button if it were available? Thanks to eased government regulations that button is now a reality for crowdfunding fans in Korea and beyond. In 2015 several Korean crowdfunding campaigns achieved huge results on US-based sites, like YOLK’s USD $1 million campaign on Kickstarter. Now…

Korean Startups Are Targeting the Next Generation of Wearables
2016년 01월 22일

Wearables gained huge popularity during 2015 with high-profile releases such as the Apple Watch and Pebble Time bringing wearables truly into the mass consciousness. Wearables are now high demand items and are on course to be one of the biggest tech trends of 2016. While early wearables were often criticised as useless accessories for tech geeks, in 2015 we saw the first popular applications make their way into everyday life and gain…

File Sharing Service ‘Send Anywhere’ nabs $6M Series A from Rakuten Ventures
2016년 01월 21일

Estmob Inc’s Send Anywhere , the leader in cross-platform file sharing, announced this week that it closed a $6 million Series A round lead by Saemin Ahn of Rakuten Ventures. This deal comes on the heels of the company surpassing milestones of 1.5+ million monthly unique devices and 5+ million cumulative downloads across all major smartphone and desktop computers in 150+ countries. When speaking on the investment, Send Anywhere’s CSO and Co-founder Suhyuk…

These 5 Korean Startups Are Increasing Workplace Efficiency
2016년 01월 20일

Are sticky notes and post-its not cutting it anymore to organise your schedule? Are you interested to explore workplace management and timekeeping beyond Slack, Trello and Evernote? Korean workers are widely recognised as among the most hard working in the world. With office lights regularly going out in the small hours due to the pressures of hitting tough deadlines, it’s no wonder that Korean startups have been active in developing technology solutions…

Fashion O2O Brich secures second investment through Hana Financial Investment
2016년 01월 20일

Brich, an O2O service delivering the latest Korean fashion trends online, has secured an investment from Hana Financial Investment. The company was launched a year ago, and to date has raised US$860k (KRW 1b) from Hana Financial Investment and Mashup Angels. The Brich team members include those from other e-commerce companies like, WeMakePrice, G Market and Qoo10 and bring with them experience and technical ability. Users of Brich’s service are able to…

Baemin Fresh adds lunch box delivery service after acquiring Ongkasomsi
2016년 01월 19일

Baemin Fresh, a fresh food delivery service has acquired ‘Ongkasomsi’, provider of packed lunches. Through this acquisition, Baemin Fresh will actively seek to increase their range of food delivery services that are delivered to the doorstep of their customers. In 2008, Onkasomsi recruited chef Hong Su Min who is recognized for Korean fusion recipes. Through this partnership, the company developed over 150 thousand different menu items for packed lunches and catering services….

Korean Mobile Concierge Service ‘Secretary Kim’ is Building a New Investment Model for Korean Startups
2016년 01월 19일

One of the biggest tech trends today is text messengers becoming platforms for other services. And one of the hottest text-based services is virtual concierge services. In the US, there is Magic, which recently received a 12M investment from Sequoia. In Indonesia, there is the YesBoss service supported by 500Startups. And even Facebook and Google have poured resources into developing services in this area. In Korea this new market segment is led…

8 Percent to Continue Leading Korean P2P Lending Market
  ·  2016년 01월 19일

Innovation can be defined in many ways. Among those, my favorite is to define it as the ability to kill and eat a great (even better, if it’s the entire) share of an existing market. And it is because in this world of surpluses of everything, pretty much the only way to create a market as an innovation is meant to is to kill the old industry by making it obsolete. There…

NHN strengthening mobile advertising business with investment into Mocoplex
2016년 01월 19일

  19 January 2016 – NHN Entertainments have revealed their investment into Mocoplex, a company specializing in mobile advertising platforms. The motive for the investment was to strengthen NHN Entertainment’s capabilities in mobile advertising; a market which is experiencing tremendous growth. Once the investment of US$1.7m (KRW 2b) is finalized, it is likely NHN will proceed towards full acquisition. This investment will combine NHN Investment’s technical capabilities with Mocoplex’s various network capabilities…

Gaming MCN Kongdoo Company receives further investment of $3.1m
2016년 01월 16일

Kongdoo Company, specializing in game MCN has succeeded in attaining a follow up Series B investment of US3.1m (KRW 3.6b) from Stic Investment, K Cube Ventures and Partner Investments. This investment comes within three months of the last investment in October of US1.7m (KRW 2b) investment from K Cube Venture and Partner Investments in October. The combined total recent investments are US$4.3m (KRW 5b). Established in March 2014, Kongdoo company is a…

App Annie Raises $63M to Fuel Growth, Adds NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson to Board
2016년 01월 15일

  App Annie, the largest mobile app data and insights platform, announced that it has closed $63 million in total financing, with majority equity investment led by Greenspring Associates and additional participation from existing investors e.Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Sequoia Capital. App Annie will use the new capital to improve and expand upon its suite of industry-leading products, and further scale global business operations to meet the growing…