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Why Every Startup Ecosystem Needs Its Own Playbook

By | Dec 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

In the light of the digital evolution with ever decreasing costs of starting a company and launching it to a global audience, companies from all over the world are trying to replicate the amazing success of companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox and so…



KnowRe: Making Math Problems Smarter

By | Jan 24, 2013 at 8:00 am

Today, Korean startup KnowRe announced $1.4 million in funding from SoftBank Ventures Korea to help them bring their smart math education tool to the United States, soon after winning Google’s Global K-Startup Competition. Traditional math problems are problematic because …

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To Compete with Google, Korea’s Ecobe Will Give Away 40% of Its Gross Profit

By | May 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

In Ecobe’s DEMO pitch, VP Joseph Stanfield called Google greedy and outlined his vision for a more fair search engine. Afterward, two young Google engineers came over to chat – they were curious, and “perfect gentlemen,” Stanfield recalls – and they had a …



Meeple Helps Korean Students Cope with High-Pressure Education System

By | May 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

Korean students study too much – or at least the Korean government thinks so, according to a 2011 Time magazine article where officials patrol for students studying at “cram schools” after 10 pm. Cram schools offer tutoring so students can ace entrance exams and…



Shakr Media Automatically Generates Videos from Text

By | Nov 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Instant video creator Shakr Media, one of the finalists at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing, launched yesterday. “We’re going to power video for the little guy – people that don’t have access to expensive video editing software or the appropriate training, like a local …



Why Google Failed and the iPhone Won in Korea

By | Oct 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

After over a decade, many sources put Google’s desktop market share in Korea at 2%; Yahoo! captures about 6%. Nokia left Korea in 2003, unable to compete with Samsung and LG, and Walmart began withdrawing in 2006, failing to adapt to local supermarket culture….



Make Animated eBooks with Moglue, Founded by 22-Year-Old Korean

By | Oct 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

Korean startup Moglue, a platform for writers to build interactive ebooks, was inspired by the pop-up books that cofounder TaeWoo Kim remembers reading as a child. And that wasn’t so long ago: he is 22. “We allow users to create their own interactive ebook…



AdbyMe Raises Half Million for Controversial Social Advertising

By | Oct 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

AdbyMe just announced US$500,000 in investment by Stonebridge Capital for a controversial idea: social advertising, where users create ads to share with friends. “We’re trying to focus on crowdsourcing creativity,” says cofounder Josh Kim. “People can actually join the …



Growing Incubator in Korea Co-Founded by Ex-Googler

By | Sep 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

Hanging out in central Seoul, on the third floor of an inconspicuous office building, is Richard Min. After once consulting for Google on operations in Korea, Min is now kickstarting Korean startups at Seoul Space, an incubator he founded with investor Chong-pil Yim and…