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IT Distribution Startup ‘Mesh Korea’ secures 4 Million Dollars
2015년 01월 07일

B2C distribute portal service Mesh Korea (CEO Jeung-bum Yu) announced total of 4 billion won (roughly $4 million USD) of investment from multiple investors including EG Partners (Daumkakao Young Adult Startup Investment Union). In addition to EG Partners, Shinhan Capital, Seoul Investment Partners, and Solborn Investment, also decided to participate in the investment of Mesh Korea due to its growth potential. Since the establishment of January 2013, Mesh Korea has provided distribution…

Baedal Minjok Breaks 5 Million Monthly Order Mark
2015년 01월 07일

On last month, Woowa Bros. (CEO Bong-jin Kim)’s delivery app ‘Baedal Minjok’ reached their best record as they surpassed 5 million monthly orders. On December 2014, the report shows 5.2 million delivery counts, a 20% increase from November’s 4.3 million. The estimated total transaction fee is approximately 95 billion won. 2014’s annual delivery broke 40 million mark as well indicating a 230% increase compared to 2013.  Statistic Korea report shows that there…

FAST TRACK ASIA Acquires 8 million dollars from Insight Ventures and Wonder Holdings
2015년 01월 06일

Company builder Fast Track Asia announced their 8 million dollar funding from Wonder Holdings and Insight Venture Partners of United States on the 5th. This is the second investment under Wonder Holdings’ lead and participation of previous investor Insight Venture Partners since December 2012. Min-ju Lee of Atinum, Eun-sang Lee of Carbon Eyed, ex-Nexon CCO Sang-bum Kim and other previous as well as current IT founders funded 3.3 million dollars for the…

Daumkakao Buys Smart Alarm Note Startup ‘Kids Note’
2015년 01월 06일

Daumkakao announced the announcement for their buyout of ‘Kids Note’, a smart alarm notification service for daycare services. Daumkakao now owns 100% of the share and Kids Note became the subsidiary company. Kids Note is a service that allows kindergarten or daycare teachers to post children’s daily schedule, diet, pictures, and other announcements with PC and other smart devices for the parents to have live-time access. About 30% or 14,000 kindergartens, daycares,…

‘WEMAKEPRICE’ Expected to Surpass Coupang After Purchasing Ticket Monster?
2015년 01월 05일

This year, Coupang reached the top of the social commerce game with two major investments. In order to chase Coupang ‘WEMAKEPRICE’ announced their buyout of Ticket Monster (TMON). There was reserved bidding session for TMON until the morning of 31st. 10 fund manager companies including Carlyle, Affinity,  KKR, Anchor Partners, and WEMAKEPRICE participated in this session. TMON came out on 2010 as the very first domestic social commerce platform. It was purchased…

Tech Startup Support Plan Program, ‘2015 TIPS’ Announced
2015년 01월 05일

On January 2nd, Small and Medium Business Administration revealed their startup support plan, 2015 TIPS. TIPS is a technology startup support program designed to attract more private investments. Through angel investors from major corporate, TIPS selects promising teams and provides aids like governmental R&D. Small and Medium Business Administration established this ‘Israel style’ startup support program last year and it gained a great amount of popularity because once a startup team secures…

Coupang Is Acheiving ‘Viral Growth’ Months After Raising $300 Million USD From BlackRock
2014년 12월 24일

As reported by Coupang’s President Bom Kim, his four year old ecommerce company has surpassed monthly turnover of 200 billion won (a little shy of $200 million USD). While the comapny started life as a daily deals site, it rapidly became an ecommerce focused enterprise, escaping the global downturn in daily deals that put market leader Groupon into major trouble this year. Kim now sees his largest rival as Amazon, which is…

Top Business Card Organizer ‘Remember’ Secures $2 Million USD
2014년 12월 24일

Jae-ho Choi CEO of Drama & Company has announced that their business card organizing app ‘Remember’ has secured $2 million USD from Daekyo Investment, CyberAgent Ventures, and Capstone Partners. This is the second round of funding for the company this year, after Capstone Partners invested $1 million USD. The additional funding will help them prepare a stable foundation for ongoing service development and management. Unlike the previous OCR based business card organizing…

Jandi Helps You Effectively Communicate With Your Team, Raises $2 Million USD Angel Funding
2014년 12월 23일

  As announced in Sparklabs Bi-Monthly Review, Korean startup Jandi confirmed that it has raised an angel round of nearly US$2 million, co-led by Softbank Ventures and Cherubic Ventures. Jandi is a business communication platform for PC, iOS, and Android devices that allows teams to securely and instantly communicate while also easily being able to share files, search through past messages, and more. There are, of course, other apps that address these concerns,…

SK Innovation And Woowa Bros Picked Among Korea’s Best Places To Work
2014년 12월 23일

Recently Job Planet and Fortune Korea co-hosted ‘Korea’s Top 50 Working Environments’ at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul. A studyvwas conducted of both large scale companies as well as small & medium sized enterprises, including the startups. From April to November a short list of 792 was chosen from a total of 140,000. After final assessment, 50 companies were awarded on the night. The criteria to select the most satisfying work…

NFLabs Aims to Democratize Big Data, Raises $1.5 Million For Development And Global Expansion
2014년 12월 22일

After three years in operation, NFLabs, Korea’s most promising Big Data startup has raised series A funding from Big Basin Capital, Bon Angels and Coolidge Corner investment. The funding of $1.5 million USD will be primarily used to bring the startups big data analytics and visualization software to a global audience. NFLabs CEO Sejun Ra explained, “the investment will really boost our expansion to North America. We will focus on speeding up…

SundayToz Initiates $30 Million USD ‘AniPang Fund’ To Support Startups
2014년 12월 22일

Korean gaming company ‘SundayToz’ and The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Development and have created the ‘AniPang Fund.’ The fund will be aimed at startups in the following fields: Gaming, Social, digital content, platform based technology and contents based technology. The ‘AniPang Future Contents Investment Association’ will operate under the management of Smilegate Investment. While the fund will primarily focused on startups in Korea, a representative from SundayToz has confirmed that they are…

The Korean Gaming Industry Doesn’t Stick Out As One That Needs Support… But They’re Getting It
2014년 12월 20일

According to an article on Business Korea, the Korean government is planning to invest at least $209 million USD over the next five years to promote the growth of the game industry. This comes in a year where game developer 4:33 Creative Labs raised around $110 million USD from Tencent / Line, Smilegate bought a $110 million USD stake in Sunday Toz, Devsisters went public at a $627 million USD valuation, we announced…

‘A-33 Studio,’ A Seoul Based Gaming Startup, Aims To Revolutionize Moble Gaming
2014년 12월 16일

K Cube Ventures recently announced a $700,000 investment into mobile game developer ‘A-33 Studio.’ With this investment A-33 Studio will focus on ramping up their mobile FPS game production and aim to be ready to release their first title by end of next year. The title is named ‘Project S’ for now, and is an ambitious plan to maximize online mobile FPS game experience by integrating a fully optimized user interface along…

Korean Government Plans Easing of Fintech and IoT Regulations To Encourage Growth
2014년 12월 16일

As reported by Business Korea, the  Korean government recently announced that it plans to relax regulations on new innovation-driven industries, including as financial technology (fintech) and the Internet of Things (IoT). This is a positive regulatory signal for local startups in these industries that have struggled against regulation. It also bodes well for the new startup accelerator in Seongdo, that will run its first hardware / IoT / Smart home program in 2015. At…

Opportunities And Threats In Korea’s Blossoming E-Commerce Market
2014년 12월 15일

Social Commerce In Korea Is A hot Topic These Days With Coupang’s Recent $300 Million USD Fundraise – Here’s a Review of the Market from our friends at Business Korea. In May 2010 social commerce arrived in Korea, thanks to local player, TMON. In the same year two other local players also started operations, Coupang and. Four years later, three companies are still operating at a loss, engaged in fierce competition. Coupang has…

Chinese Language Education Company Chinada secures $1 Million USD from Soft Bank Ventures
2014년 12월 15일

Based in Seoul, Chinese language education company CHINADA have secured $1 million USD from Soft Bank Ventures and Coolidge Corner Investment. Their digital educational program ‘Chinatan’ is unlike other typical systems that focus on grammar and reading. Instead it is aimed towards improving conversational skills. It simulates real life situations, such as markets, restaurants, university campus, hotels, etc. This allows students to experience day to day situations experienced by locals. To build…

Yellow Mobile’s Location-Based SNS ‘1km’ Targets Global Market With International Version
2014년 12월 12일

Yello Mobile’s location-based SNS ‘1km’ has announced the launch of their international version, which now supports ten different languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, and Thai. Riding the current of ‘Korean-Wave’, they are targeting South-east Asian and Latin American countries, which are hotspots for Korean popular culture. There is a long term plan to expand their global coverage further in the future. The app, which uses GPS to connect people within a 1km…

DEV Korea’s New Accelerator Holds First Demo Day In Seoul, Showcases Eight Startups
2014년 12월 11일

DEV Korea’s Startup Acceleration Program ‘Start it Up in New York’ Demo Day will be held in seoul this afternoon. DEV Korea is one of a growing number of domestic and international accelerators in Seoul that are capitalizing on the rapid growth in the domestic startup ecosystem Sparklabs will also hold their demo day December 11. DEV Korea was nominated as the 2014 Global Accelerator Develop Management Agency by the Ministry of…

Coupang, Korea’s Top E-Commerce ‘Startup’ Closes $300 Million USD From BlackRock
2014년 12월 11일

“We want to be the Amazon of Korea. We are the largest online retailer here, and we’re one of the most well-funded tech companies in Korea.” CEO of Coupang, Bom Kim in an interview with Forbes To accelerate this growth Coupang has just announced another huge funding round, worth $300 million USD, from BlackRock Private Equity Partners. This follows fast on the heals of another $100 million USD round led around five months…