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Japanese four tech start-ups and Korean two start-ups five Japanese tech start-ups and six Korean tech start-ups had jointly a presentation event in Seoul on Wednesday. I just wanted to join them for covering what happened onsite, however, I couldn’t make it because of my another assignment in Malaysia. Alternatively, I tried my best for making a wrap-up of the event by checking out a Ustream video and a series of tweets by those who were attending.
The event took place at a hotel near Teheranno St., known as the epicenter of many tech start-up movements in the city. Presentations were made in English, Japanese and Korean with simultaneous interpretation. Let’s start with a presentation made by Korea’s start-up Mindsquare.
Presenter: Park Hongwon (박홍원), Mind Square[K]
Mindsqaure provides a variety of foreign language learning apps. They employs app developers in Korea and are doing business in Korea, Japan and the US. Most of their revenues came from Japan, and intends to the US market. Mr. Park says,
- Shares of the iPhone apps by category: entertainment 47% and education 35%. No iPhone game app is unavailable because of restriction by the Korean government. In Japan, entertainment shares 9%, education 9% and game 68%.
- An average price for the iPhone apps on the Korean AppStore is USD1.96.
- The most popular paid iPhone app records 1000 downloads a day, which is one-third of that of Japan. There are more free apps than paid apps in Korea.
- A series of their iPhone apps is available here.
Revolutionizing Digital Entertainment by advanced video search technology
Presenter: Jonnpyo Lee (이준표), Enswers Inc.
- The Company has developed a video search technology that allows users to find an expecting result from YouTube and other video sharing services.
- They have head-hunted many talented engineers from all across the country.
Big trends in Japan – Optimization and Personalization Technology
Presenter: Takashi Uemura(上村崇), ALBERT Inc.
He explains Japanese ad industry.
Information to collective intelligence LastSupper – spot to intelligent map / mironi – listen, share, enjoy
Presenter: Jongil Yoon (윤정일), Revlix[K]
- Revlix is an app developer in Korea. They have introduced a smartphone app called Mironi[K] (coming soon), which is called a social music player, allowing you to share your music listening experience with other users.
- Mostly 50% of all businessmen and students have smartphone handsets.
- The company has also introduced a social app called Last Supper[K], which allows you to share your dining experience with other users.
- They earned 1.1billion monthly impressions last month, and are planning to partner with major ad networks in Korea.
Evolution of ebook – interactive ebook
Presenter: TaeWoo Kim(김태우), Moglue[K]
- Moglue is developing a desktop platform that allows publishers, amateur authors and artists a way to create interactive stories and release them as apps for iOS and Android operating systems with one-click publishing.
- Their apps for iOS and Android are currently available only in closed beta.
Social Monitoring “@hentaiAlert”
Presenter: Yusuke Takahashi(高橋雄介), Individual Company
- The company is currently developing a social monitoring service called Hentai Alert.
- The service, literally alerting against suspicious people, helps you find suspicious people around you by analyzing accumulated knowledge about them on social media. As more vicious crimes happen in these years, the service helps you keep away from possible dangerous people.
- Korea has USD 7billion-worth ad market, however smartphone in-app advertising is not so acknowledged in Korea.
- Adby.Me allows you to use Twitter and measure advertising effectiveness on a ad placement basis.
Refer to this Asiajin story for more about Conyac services
- Cizon develops a social comment service called LiveRe[K].Live Re, that allows you to leave a comment with your account of Twitter, Facebook and Korean social networks such as Me2Day[K] and Daum’s Yozm[K]. It’s Korean version of Disqus.
- Live Re is now adopted by 200 companies for their websites, it shares 80% in this entire web service category.
In app purchaise iOS/Android/Japanese Style
Presenter: Kentaro Hashimoto(橋本謙太郎), Conit
He introduces the in-app purchase system for multiple smartphone platforms that Conit has developed. Refer to this Asiajin story for more about the system.