UPDATE: In English: All 32 Japanese Startups On The Vote List For “WISH 2010”

UPDATE August, 30:
WISH 2010 is over, Akky covered the event here, and I changed the article below accordingly.

I was very impressed with WISH 2009, a startup demo event organized last year by Tokyo-based online marketing and advertising company Agile Media Network (basically Japan’s version of Federated Media); here‘s my full report over on TechCrunch. And now, one year later, it’s time for WISH 2010.

You can register for the event (to be held on August 28 in Tokyo) now. Agile Media Network has shortlisted a total of 32 startups that might get the chance to demo at the event, and you can vote for your favorite one here (disclaimer: Asiajin is one of these). Another ten companies, which are not part of the contest, are to present at WISH 2010, too.

The list is in Japanese, which is why I decided to compile one in English that covers all 32 WISH 2010 hopefuls (plus the ten that are sure to present), along with a short description. Also think of it as a good cross-selection of startups that are currently cropping up in this market.

The list shows how absolutely nuts this country is for Twitter, too.

I added “[ENG]” to the companies that provide their service or any kind of information in English, but there aren’t too many of those.

The ten companies that will present at WISH 2010 (not part of the vote list)

  1. AQUSH, a social lending service [info in English]
  2. garaponTV, a remote control app for electronic devices
  3. Decomoji, a tool that lets you add special fonts to websites
  4. Cacoo [ENG], an online drawing tool
  5. Cerevo, a “social camera” maker
  6. Loctouch, an LBS app for the iPhone
  7. Lifepalette, a health social network
  8. Orihime, an online shop for self-designed PC bags and cases
  9. Puboo, a publishing platform for e-books
  10. Calil, a service that lets users search through all of Japan’s public libraries

The 32 companies that you can vote for to demo at WISH 2010

Again, you can vote for your favorite companiy here. Here’s the full list, along with a short description in English:

UPDATE:

These five companies made the cut:

  1. TwiTraq, a Twitter analysis tool
  2. Togetter, a Twitter-based content aggregation site
  3. TwitNovels [ENG], a community for creating crowdsourced novels (based on Twitter)
  4. Tabereko, an iPhone app that aggregates information from printed food magazines
  5. Conyac [ENG], a social translation service

These companies didn’t:

  1. Q&A Now, a Twitter-based Q&A service
  2. Talknote, a “micro social communication” service
  3. FollowA, a Twitter-based “affiliate network” that’s yet to launch
  4. MANGAROO, a social manga service
  5. Tsuduketer, a Twitter-based content aggregation site
  6. Povie [ENG], a service that makes your videos “cute”
  7. Multi-Color Video Search, a service that retrieves relevant keywords after a user searches for a specific video
  8. MobileApps, a cloud-based mobile CMS service
  9. AM6 Station, a content aggregation app for the iPad
  10. TweetGirls, a Twitter-based “web magazine” for women that’s to be launched in September
  11. Sapota, a Twitter-based service that aims at motivating users to cope with “tough tasks” (i.e. long diets, studying etc.)
  12. Histy, a social network whose users aggregate and arrange “historical” information along time lines
  13. Asiajin
  14. iUniv [ENG], a video-based social learning platform
  15. mindia, a Wikipedia-like “encyclopedia of your mind” with a social networking slant
  16. feedpath Calender, an online scheduling solution for enterprises
  17. ASP-MART, an ASP platform that’s yet to launch
  18. koukouTV, a photo album and slide show maker for various platforms and devices
  19. TokyoGirls, an augmented reality-powered, “real-time social guide book” that’s yet to be released
  20. hornet, a social media-based ASP platform
  21. Kioku Hakkasouchi (tentative name), a lifelog service that’s yet to be launched
  22. ramblin, an LBS app for the iPhone that pulls information from Twitter
  23. Yomu Memo, a service that lets you store quick notes from books (Twitter-based)
  24. Price map for Apple, an price comparison app (for the iPad) for Apple products
  25. Tweetmile, a Twitter-based promotion tool
  26. SEIHA, a framework for PC- and mobile-based LBS
  27. zenback, a blog widget provider

Event Wrap-up: 400+ Geeks Applaud Web Innovators At WISH2009

WISH2009 Venue

More than 400 Internet users joined the event on Friday evening in Tokyo.   Tokyo-based blog marketing agency Agile Media Network (AMN)[J] held Japan’s first conference having a number of tech start-ups in comprehensive perspective, titled WISH2009 (Web Innovation SHare)[J].   More than a dozen of innovators had opportunities to present their works, and Japanese tech media journalists and GREE‘s CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka(@tanakayoshikazu) were invited to serve as award judges.

Here are wrap-ups of the event and award winning results.   Each presentation is almost five-minute long and given in Japanese language.

Award winning presenters:

Company / Service / Desc. Video (Presented by AMN)
Grand Prix Winner & AMN Award Winner:

JokerRacer

Akky Akimoto wrote this in-depth story about the service here on Asiajin.

Presentation by CEO Yoski Akamatsu[J] (@yoski)

Nikkei BP Award Winner:

Dressphile Online Closet[J]

For city dwellers having no affordable space at home to keep unseasonable clothes, you may ask Dressphile on the web to pick up unnecessary pieces and to keep each piece of them in the company’s storage for an approximate monthly cost of USD3.

Presentation by CEO Hiroshi Nishi[J]

Impress Award Winner:

Cerevo's Logo

Cerevo[J]

Cerevo provides a double-sided solution for people wanting to send and share pictures online by not only developing a new photo management site but also manufacturing an originally-designed digital camera.

Presentation by Takuma Iwasa[J]

IT Media Award Winner:

Lang-8[J]

Hiroumi Mitani wrote this in-depth story about the service here on Asiajin.

Presentation by Youyou Ki

CNET Japan Award Winner:

Logo of Action*Pad

ActionPad[J]

Gen Taguchi is well-known since he introduces the world’s innovative web services every day on his website.   He is also a system engineer and developed an easy-to-use web-based “to-do” management system requiring no user account registration.

Presentation by Gen Taguchi
a.k.a. 100shiki.com

Gizmodo Japan Award Winner:

Xtel[J]

A team of 10 laboratories of Keio University SFC jointly developed a number of digitized contents and media derived from our daily utilities, and also invented a platform allowing them to develop ubiquitous products in a more efficient way. (E/J intro PDF to the project)

Presentation by Yuichiro Katsumoto[E/J]

Other participating presenters:

Company / Service / Desc. Video (Presented by AMN)

KokubanIn's Logo

Kokuban.in[J]

(blackboard in)

Kokuban.in is an illustration-sharing SNS allowing you to draw a picture on the virtual blackboard with your mouse.

Presentation by Yoshinori Munehara

Logo of 30min.

30 Minutes[J]

30min. (pronounced as “San-Zero Minutes” in Japanese) develops a location based town guide portal and allows users to see a listing of shops located near where you are, based on the database of information aggregated from blogs that people write.   Its iPhone app is available from here.

Presentation by Motoaki Tanigo[J] (@tanigox)

UserLocal[J]

User Local[J] (led by Masao Ito[J], he founded Japan’s most popular bulletin board site for job hunting students[J], and handed it over to Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten. He got a degree from Waseda University Graduate School)   This tech start-up incubated from Waseda University developed several services focusing on web access statistics and analysis. (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)

Wataru Yamaki wrote this in-depth story about the company here on Asiajin.

Presentation by Masao Ito (@itomasa)

yonda4.com

Yonda4.com[J]

Asiajin’s founder Akky Akimoto also entried this work titled Yondayo!, which allows you to publicize a list of books you’ve read by posting a Twitter message and to share its review with other avid readers.

Presentation by Akky Akimoto[J] (@akky)


SonyBank[J]

Sony’s subsidiary in online banking service introduces a service titled “Lifetime Online Passbook”, which was launched in March 2008.   It aggregates billing details of credit card transactions etc., and shows you them on a web-based calender.  Probably it will make you easier to manage your personal expense and family budget.

Presentation by Toru Kawarazaka and his colleague Mr. Shimohara

Nissan Carwings[J]

The world-class motor company introduces an RSS-enabled car navigation system allowing driving users to collect information from third party’s websites such as expressway info portal (kosoku.jp[J]), station-by-station basis gas price comparison site (gogo.gs[J]).

Presenter’s name unconfirmed


San San[J]

The company provides consultation services in CRM(customer relationship management) and SFA(salesforce automation) business segments, specifically by focusing on delivering solutions to arrange information collected by business cards being exchanged among Japanese businessmen everyday.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)

Presentation by Naotake Hibiya (@naotake_hibiya)

Conit's Logo

Conit[J]

A Shibuya-based tech start-up and iPhone/iPod touch app developer has introduced its brand new line-up following Samurai Chess, Melody Bell and Tapnext.  The company unveiled a new service providing an iPhone app content distribution platform on ASP basis, acting for iPhone app content providers.   With the service, the content providers need not to set up a content server to start subscription-based content distribution service requiring in-app payment transactions.

Presentation by Kentaro Hashimoto (@conit)

Live Event: WISH2009 Is Just Ahead

As we reported here on Asiajin last week, Japan’s web industry’s showcase event in mid-summer, WISH2009 will be held in Tokyo today.   Live streamcast starts at 7pm J.S.T. or 10am U.T.C.   Kindly stand-by to witness a flood of tech innovations.

WISH2009 presenters

Event Preview: Web Innovation Showcase WISH2009 To Be Held

Logo of Agile Media Network

Agile Media Network, a Shibuya-based start-up company providing Japanese A-list bloggers with ad revenue opportunities and Asiajin’s adviser Motohiko Tokuriki[J] serves as the president of, plans to hold an event called WISH2009[J] on Friday evening next week. Mr. Tokuriki attended TedxTokyo last May, and he was highly inspired by the event and turned to think of how important a live event is for sharing knowledge and experience in the Internet community.

In the world facing financial crisis and the dot-com bubble collapse, now is the hard time for Internet business start-ups. They’ve given birth to a number of interesting apps and useful services, however they are still in difficulty to gain the population of users. Tokuriki says, the event aims at giving them opportunities to present and pushing on their new apps and services which are yet little known but high potential.

Intended presenters:

  • Xtel's LogoUbiquitous Project, Keio University SFC (led by Dr. Masa Inakage)
    A team of 10 laboratories of Keio University SFC jointly developed a number of digitized contents and media derived from our daily utilities, and also invented a platform allowing them to develop ubiquitous products in a more efficient way. (E/J intro PDF to the project)
  • Conit's Logo Conit (led by Kentaro Hashimoto)
    A Shibuya-based tech start-up and iPhone/iPod touch app developer unveils its brand new line-up following Samurai Chess, Melody Bell and Tapnext.
  • Sidefeed's LogoSidefeed (led by Yoski Akamatsu[J])
    A Tokyo-based RSS-feed-oriented system integration company combined web technologies with real toys usually surrounding us.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)
  • San San[J]
    The company provides consultation services in CRM(customer relationship management) and SFA(salesforce automation) business segments, specifically by focusing on delivering solutions to arrange information collected by business cards being exchanged everyday.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)
  • 100shiki's LogoGen Taguchi[J], Founder of 100shiki[J] a.k.a. “dot-com of the day”
    100shiki.com introduces a good and new service for a day. Mr. Taguchi is a forward-looking guy on tech industry as well as one of the best-known lifehackers. He tells us where the next web trends are going to.
  • Dressphile's LogoDressphile Online Closet[J]
    For city dwellers having no affordable space at home to keep unseasonable clothes, you’re allowed to ask them on the web to pick up unnecessary pieces and to keep each piece of them for an approximate monthly cost of three dollars.
  • Nissan's Logo Carwings' Logo Nissan Carwings[J]
    Carwings is an intelligent car navigation system having Internet connectivity via cellphone data network. By talking on the system with a customer representative who is standing-by at Nissan’s service center, it makes you easier to set a destination and to find a town guide for the destination as well.
  • Lang-8[J] (led by Youyou Ki)
    A Kyoto-based tech start-up developed a language-learning service by exchanging interaction with native speakers on the web. Asiajin’s Hiroumi Mitani wrote this for more details. (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)

The event has also an another nomination category[J] which allows you to recommend your favorite from web services recently introduced and to vote for it (open until the end of Wednesday, August 12th).   Asiajin’s founder Akky Akimoto also entried his recent work called Yondayo![J], which allows you to publicize a list of books you’ve read by posting a Twitter message and to share its review with other avid readers.

Several A-list tech bloggers and IT media journalists are appointed to serve as the judges for the event’s best awards.

Ketsudan Potaufe, also known as Japanese Amanda Congdon, plans to bring you live streamcast from the venue.   It’s available on August 21 from 7pm to 10pm J.S.T., which is 10am to 1pm U.T.C. on the same day.    We will be able to put a direct link to the streamcast.

Agile Media Network raises $1M

amn-logo

Agile Media Network raised a $1M investment from Ant Capital Partners on March 31st. They use the investment to develop new software systems.

Agile Media Network is a Japanese ad-network / blog marketing company for blogs and social media which was established in February 2007. They sell ads of many Japanese top blogs such as Netafull.

They expect first monthly profit in March 2009.

Disclosure: Motohiko Tokuriki, CEO of Agile Media Network, is an advisor of Asiajin.

via Venture View [JP]