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MangoPlate Upgrades English Services for Foreigners in Korea
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SEOUL, 8 September 2015 – MangoPlate, a South Korean restaurant discovery app, recently renewed its English service for foreigners in Korea. Established in October 2013 to help people find information about restaurants, MangoPlate offers restaurant discovery service with reviews written by users. While the service was already available in both Korean and English from the very beginning of its launch, the English app was renewed with a new website launch. The foreigners…

beSUCCESS Launches Beginning, an Online Platform Connecting Business Interests in Asia
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Seoul, Korea 10th Aug -Beginning (beginning.xyz), an ambitious new service launched by beSUCCESS founder and CEO James Jung (Hyun Wook Jung), is an online hub that seeks to bridge businesses, investors, and various government agencies across borders. It also hosts a growing, real-time database that profiles startups in one view, sourcing directly from key players in the Asian startup industry. Since its conception, beSUCCESS has been a leading source of information on…

Mirion’s Binary Code ‘bCODE’ brings a new way of communication
352일 전

Start-up company ‘Mirion’ is now developing ‘bCODE’. bCODE is a binary code which can be written by hand for management of online and offline data collectively, it is also a way of providing internet connection to different products.   bCODE is similar to QR code, but there are some big differences. QR code is a distributor focused system. Usually, only big companies uses printed QR codes for commercial purposes. bCODE however, is a two-way…

Viva Republica, providers of P2P Transfer service ‘Toss’, Raises $23 million

Viva Republica, the providers of P2P money transfer service ‘Toss’, raised KRW 26.5 billion (about $23 million) on April 11th from a consortium consist of the leading domestic venture capital from KTB and Sillcon valley based firms from Goodwater capital and Altos ventures. The capital raised from this round will enable the company to strengthen Toss’ market dominance and expand its lineup of Fintech services. Toss, which launched on February of last…

Rank-Type Social Dating App ‘Charmy’ Launch
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Social dating ‘Charmy’ has successfully completed it’s beta and announced an official launch of the service. Charmy is a dating app using ‘ranking’ and ‘matching’ solution which matches partners based on the rank much like the very well known on-line game League of Legends (LOL). Experiences like being frustrated of not being able to meet a likable match, Charmy has designed its service to minimize the fatigue by adopting ranking system. Basically the users…

Smart Big-Screen Game Maker ‘CSP Media’ Aims For Europe Market
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Korean game contents maker ‘CSP Media’ with its purpose to enter the European market, is producing big screen games in 2016 Cebit Hannover. CSP Media game solution connects user’s smartphones with a smart TV (including TV with OTT or a Setup Box) offering an opportunity to play multiplayer games using smartphone as a console. CSP Media has successfully entered the Chinese market through contracts with Chinese platform providers including the biggest Chinese TV game publisher Wocheng,…

Union Invests into Korean beauty MCN startup Leferi

Leferi Beauty Channel, a popular beauty MCN in Asia has secured a US$822k (KRW 1b) investment from Union Investment Partners. Driving the investment deal was the global trend for video contents. In the Asian market, popular video content categories in the Asian market  include beauty and fashion as well as Korean products. Leferi Beauty Channel has partnered with Youtube Korea over the last 1 year and 4 months to deliver their Creator Academy…

Korea NRC Announced Results On Virtual Reality-Based Rehabilitation
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The National Rehabilitation Center in Korea conducted a study to examine the impact of virtual reality-based exercises combined with standard occupational therapy on distal upper extremity function and the health-related quality of life for stroke survivors. Virtual reality-based treatments have become one of the fastest growing trends in healthcare, but none of the previous studies had provided detailed, quantitative information about the impact of technology on the effectiveness of the rehabilitation process….

Kakao acquires Park Here, a startup providing parking search and booking service in Korea 

Kakao have announced their strategic acquisition of Parking Square the developer and operator of ‘Park Here’, an app that allows searching and reservation of parking spots. The app allows its users to quickly search for vacant parking lots nearby and reserve the vacancy at a discounted rate. The app is appealing to both parking spot users and parking lot operators as it provides parkers a convenient way to access a parking spot…

3 Reasons Why Seoul is A Mobile Entrepreneur’s Paradise
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Editor’s note: Originally written by Mike Kim, Senior Director Corporate Development at Baedal Minjok Facebook. YouTube. Skype. Hard to believe all 3 iconic companies actually got there start in Korea right? While these Silicon Valley heavyweights have roots in the Bay Area, the origin of their concepts actually hatched on the tiny peninsula of Korea first. Years before Facebook there was Cyworld. Before YouTube, Pandora TV – And long before Skype, a company called Dialpad was…

Korean tourism platform startup, Creatrip receives investment from KAIST Venture

Creatrip, a platform where local tourism courses and information can be accesses has succeeded in attaining a US$172K (KRW 200m) investment from KAIST Venture Investment. The platform is aimed at foreign visitors that prefer to freely travel domestically after gathering and assessing the available local tourism information. After releasing the Chinese language based open beta version in February, the platform is being serviced in Taiwan and Hong Kong where a high proportion…

‘Park Here’, the Pioneer in Innovating Urban Parking
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In hotel industry, there is a rather clear ceiling for their revenues; when the rooms are all booked out, it’s pretty much it. There might be some cash inflows from F&B and other event-related revenues such as renting out a conference room, but they are more-or-less still dependent to the room sales. Such a unique ceiling allows hotel operators different perspectives on revenues. First, they are less interested in extending their revenues,…

Top five healthcare trends from technology startups
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Technology has been integral in medical advancement and personal health. Now more than ever, technology is readily available to people of developed countries, mostly in the form of smart phones and devices. Recently, a surge in personal health gadgets and apps has been observed with the likes of Garmin Vivosmart, Fitbit, Samsung S Health and Apple Health gaining momentum in the market. These smart devices have the ability to not only enhance…

K­Beauty and Fashion customisation: The next wave in Korean commerce
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Competition in Korea is heating up with the popularity of SPA brands in the fashion industry and big players like Laniege, Sulawhasoo dominating the beauty market. Local and international consumers are thronging to purchase fashion and beauty products coming out of Korea. With the playing field afire with dominant players, new entrants have to differentiate themselves to make a name for themselves. But what can they offer to stand out from among…

How these 5 Korean startups are removing language barriers through technology to go global
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In Korea, like in many countries where English is not the lingua franca, there is an especially large gap when it comes to having the right words for an international audience. This language barrier comes in not only while traveling but also while conducting business internationally. More and more users are now relying on technology to help overcome language issues that they may face on a daily basis, while getting directions in…

Thanks To Eased Regulations Crowdfunding Picks Up Speed in Korea
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Imagine a new Korean drama is in the works, but to bring it to life the producers need funding. How fast would your little sister hit that ‘fund’ button if it were available? Thanks to eased government regulations that button is now a reality for crowdfunding fans in Korea and beyond. In 2015 several Korean crowdfunding campaigns achieved huge results on US-based sites, like YOLK’s USD $1 million campaign on Kickstarter. Now…

Korean Startups Are Targeting the Next Generation of Wearables
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Wearables gained huge popularity during 2015 with high-profile releases such as the Apple Watch and Pebble Time bringing wearables truly into the mass consciousness. Wearables are now high demand items and are on course to be one of the biggest tech trends of 2016. While early wearables were often criticised as useless accessories for tech geeks, in 2015 we saw the first popular applications make their way into everyday life and gain…

File Sharing Service ‘Send Anywhere’ nabs $6M Series A from Rakuten Ventures

Estmob Inc’s Send Anywhere , the leader in cross-platform file sharing, announced this week that it closed a $6 million Series A round lead by Saemin Ahn of Rakuten Ventures. This deal comes on the heels of the company surpassing milestones of 1.5+ million monthly unique devices and 5+ million cumulative downloads across all major smartphone and desktop computers in 150+ countries. When speaking on the investment, Send Anywhere’s CSO and Co-founder Suhyuk…

Korean Mobile Concierge Service ‘Secretary Kim’ is Building a New Investment Model for Korean Startups
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One of the biggest tech trends today is text messengers becoming platforms for other services. And one of the hottest text-based services is virtual concierge services. In the US, there is Magic, which recently received a 12M investment from Sequoia. In Indonesia, there is the YesBoss service supported by 500Startups. And even Facebook and Google have poured resources into developing services in this area. In Korea this new market segment is led…

8 Percent to Continue Leading Korean P2P Lending Market
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Innovation can be defined in many ways. Among those, my favorite is to define it as the ability to kill and eat a great (even better, if it’s the entire) share of an existing market. And it is because in this world of surpluses of everything, pretty much the only way to create a market as an innovation is meant to is to kill the old industry by making it obsolete. There…