Cybridge Buys Smartphone App Developer Conit From Mixi

Cybridge, Inc. [J] has announced that they have acquired all stocks of Conit, Inc. [J] from mixi, Inc. [J].

Conit is a company the entered into the mixi umbrella in November 2011, their business centers around smartphone application planning and development.  They manage the ASP “Samurai Smartphone Services” such as the iPhone/iPad/Android application contents billing solution “Samurai Purchase,” as well as the smartphone push notification solution app “Samurai Notification.”  From now Cybridge plans to strengthen their business transactions, smartphone related app development and solutions, through Conit.

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Japanese And Korean Start-ups Hold Presentation Event In Seoul For Potential Partnerships

As noticed on this story, 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.


Japanese mobile market and Global mobile ads
Presenter: Kiyotaka Kobayashi(小林清剛), Nobot Inc. (see these Asiajin stories for more details)

  • 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.


Social network meets advertising
Presenter: Josh Jaehong Kim(김재홍), AdbyMe[K]

  • 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.

Social translation “Conyac”
Presenter: Naoki Yamada(山田尚貴), Anydoor

Refer to this Asiajin story for more about Conyac services


How to Build a Clean Web
Presenter: Benjamin Beomjin Kim(김범진), CIZION inc.[K]

  • 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.


12 Tech Start-ups Present At NICT’s Annual Business Plan Contest

(Source: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Earlier this week, NICT, an ICT arm of Japan’s telecommunication authority, held the award-presenting ceremony of their annual contest to choose the best from business plans nominated.   Mr. Takeshi Natsuno, the inventor of NTT DoCoMo’s mobile web service i-Mode, started the ceremony with his keynote speech, he pointed out Japanese start-ups should take advantages of our potentials, that are, the Japanese have USD17 trillion-worth personal financial assets, the world’s top-class IT infrastructure, good education level, high will to work, and superior technologies that have not yet been implemented.   But he didn’t forget to advise we should overcome the weakness such as low second-language skills, neglecting personalities/debates and living in the self-indulgent society.   He motivated the award-winners and an audience to do their best and aim not only for making money but to make something happen in our society.

Seven start-ups were chosen as nominees from the contest’s regular application process, and five start-ups were recommended by local venture supporting authorities across the country.

(The Grand Prix Winner)

<for spreading the name out> Conit is a Shibuya-based start-up specializing in developing smartphone apps.  The company recently introduced an in-app purchase platform for smartphone content providers.   Refer to this my Asiajin story for more details.

(The excellent award winner)

<for spreading the name out> Fusic, a Kyushu University-backed tech start-up based in Fukuoka City, has developed a service that allows flipping embedded slides  in synchronization with Ustream video playback.  Projecting slide images on Ustream is sometimes too low-resoluted for the viewers to read.   The company’s service, which is called ZENPRE[J], allows you to embed a Ustream video clip and slides on a page and let them play in sync.



<investment wanted> Infinitegra is a Yokohama-based hardware manufacturer specializing in developing USB devices.  The company are developing the USB 3.0 solutions enabling transferring high-volume images for high-definition cameras for engineering and medical usage.

<more sales channels wanted> Questetra is a Kyoto-based start-up presenting a series of SaaS-based BPM (business process management) tools.  It is integrated with Google Apps, and the company is intended to expand their business in partnership with Google App users/resellers and BPM-related consulting firms.

<partnerships and sales channels wanted> Supre[J] is a company presenting three hobby-oriented portal sites.   The company is intended to support further education schools and private academies by making it easier to reach out potential hobby students online.

<for spreading the name out> SyncPower[J] develops a lyric captioning system that works in synchronization with song playback, which is intended for PCs, featurephones, smarphones and MP3 players.  The company has a technology that enables the synchronized captioning, a database to store a bunch of lyric data and know-how to clear copyright license terms.  They would like to partner with record companies, artist agencies, labels, music data distributors and ad agencies.

<investment and partnership wanted> Small Bridge is a Shibuya-based start-up presenting a platform introducing foreign language teachers to students online, which is called Cafetalk.   Language lessons are made on Skype, which allows teachers and students to join the lesson from any part of the world.

<investment wanted> Mooncake[J/C] developed a portal site providing Japanese creative workers with the production work for Chinese ad market.   Although this long-term recession have shrunk the market size of their jobs in Japan, but Chinese ad market has an insufficient number of experienced art directors and editors. From the company’s database of Japanese creative worker profiles,  they choose a professional who may fit the production work ordered by a Chinese client, and arrange a job for him or her.

<investment wanted> Able Computer[J], an Ishikawa-based tech start-up, developed a location-based voice tagging service.  The app allows you to leave your words in your voice at the location and the time you wish to.   The company expects the app to be used for sharing impressions among an audience of sport games, and for sharing word-of-mouth updates at shopping malls etc.

<investment wanted> GClue plans to develop an interactive language learning environment called Smart Education System, SES for short.   By implementing the system consisting of 100-inch Android TV and cloud-based backend systems to Karaoke box chains, the company expects to develop a new market which earns USD140M a year.

<business partnership wanted>  Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology has developed a system that detects the state of someone’s feeling by analyzing a video that has shot his/her behavior.  It may contribute for companies to manage the health of their employees.

<investment and sales channels wanted>  Pharma Science[J] is a Kyoto-based start-up developing a compound analysis engine to help inventing scent products.   The company basically earns profit from their recipes defining what fragrance oils should be compounded to get a specific scent.


One of the judges for the contest, Mr. Shinji Morishita from NTT Investment Partners praised Conit since their smartphone purchase platform has a high potential in terms of expanding the business in the overseas.

Via: CNET Japan[J]

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Conit Launches Easy-to-manage In-app Purchase Platform For Android App Developers

Tokyo-based tech start-up Conit launched an in-app purchase platform for the Android apps as well as the iPhone/iPad apps on Friday, in association with Japan’s largest ad agency Dentsu.

The platform is named as Samurai Purchase[J], and allows smartphone app developer to manage all their in-app purchases that are made by users via the Android and the iPhone handsets.  Purchase requests from the apps are transferred to PayPal on both smartphone platforms, furthermore, the Android platform is expected to accept the credit card payment option by the end of next month.    Monthly subscription rates for smartphone app developers start at 126,000 yen for using the Android platform, 136,500 yen for using the iPhone/iPad platform.

Foodlog, Rapeko, EatNow: 3 Japanese food picture posting services

One major difference between Japanese bloggers and those elsewhere is that not too few Japanese writers seem to be obsessed with food, filling their blogs with pictures of their dinner, lunch boxes, favorite snacks etc. shot from all angles. Here‘s a Japanese blog that even solely focuses on lunch boxes (and this is just one example).

But the obsession doesn’t stop there. There’s a service called Oishiku Henkan (“Yummy Converter”), which boosts the quality of any picture of a food item you upload before you post it on your blog. And Japan is the only country in the world that has a listed recipe site (Cookpad is currently worth $360 million and is, if you believe Alexa, the country’s No. 47 website).

And Japan got another three food-related web services last month, Rapeko (a Twitter mashup),  FoodLog (a service that keeps track of your eating habits and that just relaunched), and EatNow (a Facebook and mobile app that’s also available in English). Just like Foodspotting or the newly launched Fiddme from the US and Israel, these services all aim at helping users make their “food experience” public online.


The way Rapeko works is pretty simple: Shoot a picture of your lunch and upload it to Twitter via Rapeko for your followers to see and drool about. After the upload, each lunch picture gets its own page on Rapeko that again shows the lunch and pulls all related information from Twitter (mentions, retweets etc.) – see below for an example.

Rapeko is the brain child of func09 (@func09).


FoodLog has four distinct goals: The service wants to serve as a “world map for foods”, a platform for communication about food, a diary that keeps track of what you eat, and an information service for food.

Users can basically upload pictures of anything they eat or drink (from the PC or mobile) and all pictures can be “geo-tagged” to make things a bit more interesting (here‘s the FoodLog world map). Users can get an account to upload pictures, which are then sorted by the time of day. This person, for example, had noodles and tempura for lunch, followed by sushi and other side dishes for dinner.

As the name suggests, FoodLog keeps track of everything the users eat and drink for future reference. The “image processing” part of the service, however, doesn’t work too well. It’s supposed to make it possible to analyze meals shown on a picture and then list up various “nutritional information” automatically.

FoodLog is run by a company called foo.log, a University of Tokyo spin-off. An English version is apparently already in the works.


EatNow is available on Facebook, for the iPhone, and for Android. The basic idea is to share what you eat with your friends by uploading pictures of your food and commenting on pictures from others. EatNow lets you browse through pictures from unknown users and keeps track of what you eat, too.

EatNow is offered by FAIS un REVE and Conit.