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John Jung CBO of Kakao to Present at MWC 2016
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Kakao Corp., the provider of mobile messaging platform Kakao Talk and Korea’s successful on-demand service Kakao Taxi, announced that its CBO John Jung will be presenting at the 25th of Feb at the Mobile World Congress 2016, taking place in Barcelona Spain. John will be speaking at the ‘Personalization and the On-demand Economy” conference session, which will take place at Auditorium 3 in Hall 4 of Fira Grand via (the MWC venue), starting at 11…

Cyber Security Predictions for 2015: Were the Experts Right?
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About this time last year, experts and analysts all placed their official predictions for the cyber threat landscape in 2015. Now that a year has come and gone, it would be interesting to see if these so called analysts were correct. Today, we will review some of the most common web security trends that experts thought would be a major issue in 2015. As a reference, Symantec developed an excellent infographic that…

Edutech startup, Riiid secures $1.7m series A investment for adaptive learning technology

Riiid, an educational technology startup has secured a Series A investment of US$1.7m (KRW 2b) from DSC Investment, DS Asset Investment, and Shinhan Capital. This successful investment comes as recognition of the potential for Riiid’s ‘Adaptive Learning’ technology for delivering educational contents. Lee Han Byul, the team leader from DSC Investment commented, “Although ‘Adaptive Learning’ is a relatively new concept in Korea, it has already proved popular in USA, China and India…

‘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,…

Naver Q4 profit up 5 % vs year earlier
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South Korean leading search company ‘Naver’ said its Q4 profit rose 5 percent from a year earlier. Net profit came to 141.5 billion won (US$118 million) in that period, compared with the 129.6 billion won a year earlier. Advertisement sales from its mobile search engine platform have been the main revenue streamline for its quarterly performance, accounting for 42 percent of the total advertisement sales. While sales from domestic advertisements moved up 15.2 percent, that…

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…

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…

These 5 Korean Startups Are Increasing Workplace Efficiency
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Are sticky notes and post-its not cutting it anymore to organise your schedule? Are you interested to explore workplace management and timekeeping beyond Slack, Trello and Evernote? Korean workers are widely recognised as among the most hard working in the world. With office lights regularly going out in the small hours due to the pressures of hitting tough deadlines, it’s no wonder that Korean startups have been active in developing technology solutions…

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…

Korean free call app startup receives angel investment for technology and business potential

Voiceloco, a communication software developer has succeeded in receiving an angel investment from the Credit Guarantee Fund for the technical excellence and business potential. Among others with investments through Credit Guarantee Fund, Voiceloco is a cut above the rest in terms of technical competitiveness and outstanding business potential. Credit Guarantee Fund launched their early development program called ‘First Penguin’, which is aimed at changing a startup within two years. Through the First…

IUEditor Gets a Major Update, Now Supporting WordPress Integration
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JDLab released a new version of IUEditor, a website builder that supports back-end integration with Django, AngularJS and now WordPress. IUEditor allows users to develop a website without coding, using drag-and-drop. It supports various devices (smartphone, tablet, desktop), browsers and custom animation. Version 1.2.4, released on December 22, 2015, allows users to create their own WordPress theme with IUEditor. WordPress also provides paid themes for its users but they are difficult to…

5 Fintech Startups to watch in Korea.
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Huge institutions, archaic systems and lots of money at stake. These are the conditions that have brought tech entrepreneurs to the wildly exciting and growing arena of financial tech.Both venture capitalists and Wall Street are rushing into the space, investing $10.5 billion in fintech startups during the first nine months of 2015, up from $3.9 billion in the same period last year. and For Korea, If the government were willing to lower barriers…

K Cube Venture invests into Korean mobile game developer Affinity

2nd December 2015 – K Cube Ventures, investment specialists in mobile, internet and technology have invested US$690k (KRW 800m) into mobile game developer Affinity. Affinity is the developer of mobile game Historia. The Affinity team were specially brought together by Song In Su, the previous director of Joy City, who sought to bring individuals with success in creating popular games. The key team members have an impressive combined experience in creating popular…

Collaboration tool ‘collabee’ receives investment from Mega Investment and Venture Square

Collaboration tool startup ‘collabee’ announces that it has received pre-Series A investment led by Mega Investment and joined by Venture Square.  The undisclosed investment was finalised in November, 2015.  This is their second investment after their initial seed investment from Mashup Angels in May. Collabee aims to disrupt the current market that’s come to be so largely populated by messenger (eg., Slack) and task (eg., Asana) based collaboration tools. Collabee utilises the…

Mr Pic secure further investment for used car O2O platform ChutCha

Mr Pic the operator of used car O2O (online to offline) service ‘ChutCha’ has secured an investment of US$1.3 (KRW 1.5b) from KDB Industry Bank. This investment follows MrPic’s success in July after securing US$1.3m (KRW 1.5b) three way investment from East Gate Partners, DSC Investment and Song Hyun Investment. This brings the yearly investment total to US$2.6m (KRW 3b). Mr Pic, debuted ‘ChutCha’ in January 2015 and has amassed more than 300…

Additional US$4.3m investment for tailored men’s fashion O2O startup ‘Stripes’

Stripes, an O2O startup offering tailored men’s fashion has secured additional investment US$4.3m. On the 2nd November, the company, determined to become a comprehensive brand for men’s fashion launched its first oversea branch in Singapore. Lee Seung Jun from the company commented, “After studying the Asian market, we determined a high consumer preference towards Korean products”. The company plans on further oversea launches following the acquisition of ‘Dream Factory’ a manufacturer of luxury…

Smartphone Accessory Startup ‘Bench Soft’ Receives 2016 CES Innovation Awards with USB Flash Memory
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Korean smartphone accessory startup ‘Bench Soft’ has garnered much attention from the market with its unprecedented type of USB memory device. “Xl.i.CON Flash Memory” is Bench Soft’s USB flash memory that sticks like a magnet when it is used with its ingenious iPhone smartphone case made with the X-Link technology. CES recognized Bench Soft’s remarkable idea, and gave the award to the USB flash memory and case set. The CES Innovation Awards…

The Most Powerful Korean Corporation (Chaebol) You’ve Never Heard Of
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Editor’s note: Senior Director Corporate Development at Baedal Minjok I. There is a Chaebol in Korea that is nameless. No HQ, no CEO, not even an email. It has massive worldwide influence; setting trends in Asia within a matter of hours. The nation’s economy fluctuates with the slightest movement of this corporation. The organization’s dominant power and reach far surpass the ranks of Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. Combined. There is not a…