Korea Startup Ecosystem
Introduction to Top 100 Korean Tech Startups You Should Know: Part 1
2014년 03월 13일

Demoday, a web platform for Korean Startups, recently came up with a list of 100 hot Korean startups in 2013, and we thought this might be a great chance to write an introduction to the Korean startup world. Every week, we will introduce you to 10 startup companies that got into the list in alphabetical order. Here’s our list for this week: 4:33 Creative Lab (Gaming) Key People: Jun-Mo Kwon (CEO), Tae-hwan…

As Facebook Buys WhatsApp, What’s The Future of Korea’s Top Messaging App, Kakao Talk?
2014년 02월 20일

Kakao Corp., developers of Korea’s favorite messaging service and social platform, Kakao Talk, will be listing its stock publicly next May. This follows the recent news that SundayToz also successfully listed its stock in August 2013, and demonstrates further growth in the domestic tech industry, that has been attracting much attention in the international press attention recently. What’s more interesting though is the potential opportunity that Facebook has presented following today’s news that…

German-Korean Entrepreneur Disrupting $5Bn Delivery Market, Bets on Offline-Online Megatrend
2014년 02월 13일

Naldo today announced a new online instant-delivery ordering service that aims to disrupt a domestic industry worth $5Bn. The company provides “immediate delivery of almost any item for B2B and B2C customers within a maximum timeframe of 90 minutes via a browser-based online ordering-system”. The existing offline instant-delivery market in Korea is already huge and sprawling, but Naldo aims to provide a much more streamlined and cost-efficient experience to customers. The early…

South Korean Startup Support Gets Mixed Reception
2014년 02월 11일

Published on the Wall Street Journal, February 11 2013 First Year Raises Efficacy Concerns; Government Says Project Continues to Improve In the past year, the South Korean government has sponsored a raft of overseas programs to give its young startups exposure to global tech trends. Government officials here hope that a thriving local startup scene could soon put fresh Korean technology names on the global stage—and they are sparing no expense to…

BootstrapLabs and Coolidge Corner Investment Partner to Launch Bootstrap Accelerator Korea
2014년 02월 07일

Partnership creates first Korea-­focused accelerator for tech startups with a dedicated Silicon Valley Fast Track™ program Silicon Valley-­based BootstrapLabs, a global accelerator for foreign entrepreneurs and Seoul-­based Coolidge Corner Investment (CCVC), a technology venture firm with $22M under management, today announce the formation of BootstrapAccelerator Korea, a Seoul-­based 6 month accelerator program specifically designed to assist young and promising korean technology startups to relocate in Silicon Valley and build global businesses. Additionally,…

South Korean Startup Flitto Crowned ‘Best Startup In The World” At Seedstars World In Switzerland
2014년 02월 06일

The Korean ecosystem is buzzing with the news that one of their own, translation service Flitto, has this week been crowned as the best startup in the World at the final of the Seedstars World global startup competition. The team at Seedstars spent almost nine months travelling to 20 different cities across the globe to find the best startups in each region. The regional winners were then invited to the grand final, and offered…

Korean Couples app Between is now Japan’s top social networking app
2014년 02월 04일

Originally posted on The Bridge: Kei Kajitani is the Japan general manager of Korea-based VCNC, heading up the company’s efforts to promote their couples app Between here in Japan. After the app’s recent 2.0 release back in December, it appears to have picked up some steam in a number of markets around the world, including Japan where it is has ranked as the top social networking iOS app since Wednesday. He tells…

Another Korean Bitcoin Startup, CoinPlug, Raises $400k from US Investors
2014년 02월 01일

Korean startup Coinplug has closed an investment round paid partly in bitcoin. This news comes shortly after another Korean Bitcoin startup, Korbit, also raises $400k from a dream team of Silicon Valley investors, as reported by beSUCCESS here. Coinplug raised $400,000 from Cupertino-based fund SilverBlue, with half the amount raised in bitcoin and the rest in fiat currency. The startup plans to launch a digital currency exchange, wallet and merchant platform in Korea in mid-December….

With $1.5 Million Investment, Korean Startup Smile Mom Launches Mobile Community For Moms

Originally posted on TechCrunch Moms feeling guilty about baby-spamming Facebook with their child’s photos and their every precious moment now have a more private alternative for those updates, thanks to a new mobile social network called Smile Mom. The app, which is designed to connect moms with others nearby, has already grown to 14,000 users during its beta testing phase. The founders behind the new app are formerly of Paprika Lab, a…

Korea’s No. 1 Tech Startup Event From beSUCCESS is Open! Join beLAUNCH 2014, May 14-15 2014 in Seoul
2014년 01월 24일

beSUCCESS, Korean startup media organization, events organizer, and global connector is happy to officially announce that their flagship startup event, beLAUNCH, is back in 2014 in a year that is already heating up to be one of the most promising for Korean, Asian, and Global entrepreneurship. The event will be held May 14 – 15 at the brand new Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the heart of Seoul. In addition, this year there…

Korean Bitcoin Startup Korbit Gets $400k in Funding from Dream Team of Silicon Valley Investors

It has never happened before that a Korean startup has been able to secure early stage funding ($400k in this case) from such a high profile Silicon Valley investor line-up. The news that Korbit has achieved this momentous step heralds the start of a year that has already been billed as having the best potential ever, for Korean startups. While the value of the investment may seem small by Silicon Valley standards,…

Toward A ‘Virtuous Circle’: Government Supporting Startup and Venture Ecosystem
2014년 01월 14일

With the government’s measures to create a virtuous circle out of the start-up and venture ecosystem in full swing this year, there is growing anticipation that this year will be the first year of the second venture era. The anticipation is due to the fact that most of the venture industry’s long-cherished desires were already fulfilled. “Now it is time for the market to swing into high gear,” stated representatives of venture…

Korea’s Tech Start-ups Report Improved Results Last Year
2014년 01월 02일

According to a recent report Korea’s tech start-ups enjoyed positive growth in sales, operating profits and net profits alike in 2013, which will give President Park’s government a boost as they conclude their first year in office, and a year that saw a surge in government involvement with the tech startup community in Korea. According to the report startup’s average sales amounted to 6.72 billion won last year, with their average operating…

Mobile Couple App Between Hits 5 Million Downloads, Releases Version 2.0 As Part Of Global Expansion Strategy
2013년 12월 20일

South Korea, 20 December 2013 – Leading mobile couple application, Between, today announced that it has crossed the 5 million global downloads milestone. This announcement comes together with the launch of Between 2.0, the first major update since its official release in March 2012, as the company continues its push into the global market. South Korea is currently Between’s strongest market, with 60% of downloads coming from the country. Japan and China…

Korea’s Drive Towards A Creative Economy Explained
2013년 10월 08일

Since the election of President Park earlier this year The Korean Government has embarked on an ambitious and expensive crusade to bring innovation to the fore of the Korean economy and to encourage a retreat from the country’s current dependence on a tiny number of huge family run businesses (Chebols), such as Samsung, Hyundai, LG and telecom SK. In order to achieve their ambition the government has been pumping money into the…

Five Essential News Bites From The Korean Startup Scene This Week
2013년 10월 02일

K-Cube Ventures invests $500M won in Mobile Beauty Content Company “Seed Paper” Seed paper shares practical beauty tips for its users through its mobile lifestyle content platform. The service is linked KakaoTalk Plus Friend, which is a premium service from Korea’s top mobile messaging platform, KakaoTalk. Well-known experts in the field of beauty and cosmetics, including Hong Cha, Saem-Mul Jung, and Hyun-Cheung Woo, provide practical tips through the service, which includes tips…

Simnik – The Education Service That Wants To Disrupt The Stagnant Education System
2013년 09월 10일

Disruptive technology is re-shaping most parts of our life, whether it’d be how we consume media, order taxis, handle our personal finances or drive our cars. Now it seems like the education market is set to follow in the path of other disruptive technologies. With MOOCs alarming the big universities around the world of a changing education landscape, other companies are focusing on the way we learn. Simnik is an educational technology…

Tips For Low Budget Marketing Activities For Promoting A PrelaunchStartup
2013년 08월 30일

I recently offered some marketing tips to a startup wishing to promote their company in the pre-launch phase, and wanted to share these tips with our beSUCCESS readers. Enjoy, and leave comments at the bottom if you want to add, change or delete something. Get involved with local blogs. Find power bloggers who work in the space and offer them something (doesn’t need to be money), in exchange for writing about you….

Korean Startup Easyworks Universe Wants You To Share Your Portfolio With Visumé
2013년 08월 29일

Visumé is a new kind of resume and portfolio management tool with a visual and mobile approach. Whilst LinkedIn is stiff and rigid, Visumé targets a more creative audience, namely designers and artists. In times of globalization and the rise of mobile connectivity, and in a climate when more people than ever are freelancing, Easyworks Universe saw the need for a better way to connect individuals and their prospective employers. “The brilliance…

MyRealTrip – The AirBnB of Travel Tours
2013년 08월 27일

Don’t want to follow a boring tour guide with a white flag guiding you to boring and overcrowded tourist spots? myRealTrip is an open marketplace for local guides and travellers that offers authentic customized guide services. Simply put, MyRealTrip is crowd-sourced tour guides in English, Korean and Japanese. Traditional tours are often devoid of personal touch and often lure travellers into trips that are geared towards commercial advantage, and often misses the…