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Overseas Competition: Hit Japanese App Comes to SXSW

By | Mar 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

The team at Compath Me will be taking a long flight to SXSW this weekend to show off their app, one of the earlier and hotter location-based discovery apps in Japan. To wit: Compath Me was incubated through Open Network Lab, funded, and chosen…


Shiroube: Ditch the Tourist Traps for Real-Life, Local Tour Guides

By | Aug 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

For bemused travelers, touring an exotic country can be less than exotic: a blur of sterile tourist traps, long lines, and overpriced restaurants. But a startup called Shiroube helps tourists have authentic experiences by connecting them with locals offering personalized tours. “My goal is…


Hello World, I’m Awake! Japanese Startup Creates Social Alarm Clock

By | Aug 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

There’s no doubt now that the web has gone social, but f4samurai is taking social to an area that may surprise even the hippest tech watchers: the alarm clock. Founded in January 2010, the Tokyo-based application and game developer launched a free iOS app…

Startups & Apps

Getting Married? Hitch’d is Poised to Make Wedding Planning Easier

By | May 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Set to launch this summer, Tokyo-based startup Hitch’d will help you curate, create, and discover fabulous wedding-related stuff online—from ideas for bridesmaid dresses to place settings—that you can easily share with your friends and family. Currently in alpha, Hitch’d is accepting applications for private…