KakaoTalk Introduces In-chat Search Feature, KakaoTalk #Search!
2015년 07월 01일

Daum Kakao Corp., provider of Korea’s number one messaging app KakaoTalk, today announced the official launch of #Search (pronounced ‘sharp search’) and Channel for KakaoTalk. #Search allows users to search and share information directly from the KakaoTalk chatroom, while Channel allows users to access and enjoy interest-based content from directly within the app. The two new features are unprecedented additions for messenger or SNS services, and they take KakaoTalk a step closer…

안전한 서울 위해 서울시와 다음카카오 손잡다, 카카오톡으로 재난‧재해 상황 실시간 제공
2015년 01월 30일

서울시와 다음카카오(공동대표 최세훈, 이석우)가 손잡고 폭설‧수해‧지진 등 각종 재난에 대비한 실시간 정보 공유 플랫폼을 구축한다. 오늘 오전 10시20분 시장집무실에서 ‘안전한 서울 구축을 위한 서울특별시-다음카카오 상호 업무 협약’을 체결한다. 업무 협약식에는 박원순 시장과 이석우 다음카카오 대표가 참석해 협약서에 서명했다. 카카오톡은 국내 스마트폰 이용자의 대다수가 사용하는 대표 메신저로, 서울시는 카카오톡을 통해 재난 상황을 신속하게 전파함은 물론, 일상 속에서 재난 예방법 등유용한 안전 관련 정보를 시민들에게 공유할 수 있을 것으로 기대된다. 카카오톡 사용자라면 누구나 서울…

KakaoTalk Answers User Concerns Over Privacy, Adds ‘Secret Chat’ Function
2014년 12월 09일

Perhaps in response to user concerns around privacy, Daum Kakao has just introduced ‘Secret Chat’ mode and ‘Decline Invites’ features for their KakaoTalk messenger, adding a higher level of privacy to the service. The new features provide users with increased options on how communications are carried out – and with whom. Secret Chat mode is a new type of chatroom that employs end-to-end encryption on all messages exchanged within the chatroom. The…

The Korean Peninsula in the Throws of Two Wars, Deadly Missiles and Cute Characters
2014년 04월 01일

There are two wars tearing apart Korea at the moment. One involves flying missiles and deadly danger, and the other is a tech battle between cute characters. While the south has returned fire today against the North for firing missiles into disputed ocean off the coast of the peninsula, Line and KakaoTalk are battling against each other in a cold war that is developing between the two mobile messaging apps.   LINE…

Korea’s Pivotal Moment As Entrepreneurship Takes Centre Stage
2014년 03월 31일

In January in Davos, Switzerland, South Korea’s first female President, Park Geun-Hye pushed forward with a multi-billion “Creative Economy” policy. Although Korea has seen a great rise in GDP and living conditions in the last 50 years, President Park now believes the current economic growth environment in Korea has reached its limit, and just like startups often need to, she has decided to pivot the Korean economy to embrace innovation as a…

카카오 IPO 주관사 삼성증권·모건스탠리로 좁혀지나
  ·  2014년 02월 20일

카카오, 국내 증시 상장과 해외 증시 상장 모두 고려 카카오(이석우 공동대표)가 내년 5월 기업공개(IPO)를 목표로 국내 주관사와 해외 주관사를 물색하던 중 삼성증권과 모건스탠리를 최종 후보로 고려 중이라는 소식이다. 오늘 19일 월스트리트저널(WSJ)을 통해 카카오 관계자는 코스닥과 코스피 중 한 곳에 상장할 예정이며, 국내 증시가 아닌 해외 증시에도 상장할 가능성이 있다고 전했다. 지난 3일 말레이시아 재계 서열 6위 버자야그룹이 카카오 지분 0.4%를 주당 9만원에 매입, 총 110억 원에 사들여 카카오의 현 시가총액이 2조 원에 이르는 것으로…

카카오, ‘정보보호관리체계(ISMS)’ 인증 획득
2014년 01월 07일

• 미래창조과학부 주관 정보보호 인증 제도 ‘정보보호관리체계(ISMS)’ 인증 획득 • 정보보호 절차, 통제 방안 점검을 통해 안전성 및 신뢰성 확인 • 사용자들이 안심하고 카카오 서비스 이용할 수 있도록 정보보호와 관리에 최선을 다할 것 [2014년 1월 7일] (주)카카오(공동대표 이제범, 이석우)는 미래창조과학부가 주관하는 ‘정보보호관리체계(ISMS)’ 인증을 획득했다고 밝혔다. 일정 규모 이상의 정보 통신 서비스 사업자를 대상으로 의무화 된 정보보호관리체계(ISMS) 인증은 정보보호 관리 과정 12개 통제사항과 정보 보호대책 92개 통제사항 등 총 104개 항목과 253개 세부…

Asian Messaging Apps, Line, Kakao, WeChat, Battle It Out For The Global Market
2013년 07월 31일

NE Asian messaging apps are the talk of the town with Japanese Line and Korean KakaoTalk reporting promising user acquisition and now Chinese WeChat (known as “Weixin” in China) rapidly expanding outside its native boarders. Chat app messaging last year overtook SMS texts as the preferred way to send text messages with a staggering 19 billion messages sent in 2012 compared to 17B SMS texts, according to research firm Informa. In the…

Korea’s Startup Scene Still Growing Fast
  ·  2013년 06월 05일

Korea is still seeing some immense growth. According to the Korean Venture Capital Association, venture capital firms in Korea raised $191 million in the first quarter this year, up slightly from $189  million in 2012. Interestingly, there is a general slowdown in the U.S. startup scene – U.S. venture capital firms raised $4.1 billion from 35 funds during the first quarter of this year according to the National Venture Capital Association (this is about a 34%…

beSUCCESS 3 Morning Reads [29. May]
  ·  2013년 05월 29일

Howdy world citizens! Here are some morning reads for you today, good-to-go either on a train, a bus, over a cereal bowl (or another bowl, if you know what I mean)… whatever you desire, I supply ya. It’s Wednesday! Keep it up! Whatever you do, don’t be this guy. Weekend’s almost here! 1. Thomas Clayton: Bidding war between Tencent and LINE for Kakao Great article by Product Manager and Senior Writer at e27,…

On the history of Kakao
2013년 04월 06일

What is KakaoTalk?

KakaoTalk Launches PC Version
  ·  2013년 03월 28일

KakaoTalk launched the KakaoTalk PC version (beta test) from yesterday, 26 March 2013. You would be able to log in using your KakaoTalk ID, not your phone number. Verification would be made via phone and you would log in as usual and communicate PC to PC or PC to smartphone (they’re synchronized).

‘SomNote’ Beats Naver & Evernote – But Why?
  ·  2013년 02월 12일

Wizard Work’s ‘Som Note’ was released recently on ‘Chatting Plus’ that was launched by Kakao Japan last month. It currently stands at 6th place on Google Play rankings- ahead of Naver’s Naver Memo (ranked 10th) and Evernote (ranked 21st). beSUCCESS investigates for their success.

Line On The Rise In Hong Kong
  ·  2013년 02월 05일

Since January 29, Line users have been doubling in Hong Kong. Just 2 weeks before that, Line also passed its 100 million user mark on January 18th. What are some of the lookouts for Line?

[Part II] On KakaoTalk Policy Changes – how will it affect the Korean mobile industry?
  ·  2013년 01월 17일

Kakao’s effort to lessen the effect of these ‘spam’ invites should be welcomed by mobile game developers. Users’ experiences with games naturally lead to an understanding and ‘feel’ of the platform that provides it. If Kakao wants to expand further, they will need to optimize their user experience as much as they can.

[Part I] In anticipation of Kakao’s overseas expansion
  ·  2013년 01월 16일

Kakao, the South Korean IM giant sought to partner up with American corporations such as Google and Facebook to name a few as a way to reach US smartphone users. They also successfully raised 92 billion KRW from the Chinese internet gaming company, Tencent (72 million) and a Korean company, WeMade Entertainment (20 million). Kakao will also consider an initial public offering (IPO) starting this year.

[Weekly News] What’s up in Korea? (2. Jan)
  ·  2013년 01월 02일

With the year 2012 behind us, beSUCCESS analyses 4 hottest issues in Korea for the first week of 2013. Censorship in SNS services The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (yes, such a ministry does exist in Korea)  passed a new bill that protects youths from cyber bullying. They passed a bill that disables them from using swear words of slang on their KakaoTalk and other SNS services. Due to the demand that…

If you can’t fight ‘em, Joyn ‘em: net neutrality war declared by Korean telcos against KakaoTalk
  ·  2012년 12월 27일

In early December, the major Korean telcos launched Joyn, a mobile messenger service which would allow subscribers to message, call and send files to other users. This could enhance the market entry cost greatly and make it difficult for small IT startups in Korea.

What will be the future of Korean Telcos?
  ·  2012년 10월 14일

Since 2010, SK telecom suffered a 28.3% reduction in their overall SMS service, and fears a further 32.3% decline by the end of next year if the current trend persists. Their SMS count per person dropped from 1,819 message per person in 2010 to a mere 1,268 in 2011. It is expected to continue reducing, as the count as of June 2012 was 429 messages per person.

2012 Start-up scene in South Korea
2012년 05월 02일

As there are more and more startup companies diving into the global market, a lot of large firms from all over the world are paying attention to them. We at beSUCCESS give you a glimpse into the South Korean startup ecosystem by sharing of 3 successful Korean startups.