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Now Kakao delivers fresh oranges into your house
536일 전

Kakao will launch a pilot program called Kakao Farmer to deliver mandarin oranges produced in Jeju Island todeliver it to consumers when it is in its most delicious state. The pilot operation that began Tuesday will only be offered for three months. A 11-pound box (5kg box) of mandarin oranges will cost around $13 including delivery fees and the tangerines can be purchased through Kakao platform with kakao pay. Additionally Kakao has…

Cosmetic ranking service GlowPick received investment of US $1.3m
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GlowDays the company behind GlowPick has received a Series A investment of US$1.3m (KRW 1.5b) from SL Investment,  Jafco Asia and ShinHan Capital.Glowpick is a cosmetic raking service that provides ranking based on consumer reviews of the product. The ranking process is somewhat different to other similar platforms in that GlowDays runs an algorithm to establish only credible and genuine review. A common problem in modern blogs and review platforms is the…

K Cube Ventures invests into Korean independent fashion brand platform, Mutzip
538일 전

K Cube Ventures – specialist in mobile, internet and technology investments has invested US$500k (KRW 600m) into Mutzip, the provider of Hot Source an independent fashion platform. The name Hot Source refers to the independent platform’s ability to find ‘Hot’ trends and ‘Source’ fashion brands. The service is able to connect Korean independent fashion brands with buyers via mobile app and web base equipped with an easy transaction service. Mun Gun, the…

Accessory eCommerce provider DearMissJ lands investment from Sazze Partners
545일 전

DearMissJ, an eCommerce startup marketing accessories and handmade product by Korean designers into the North American market has secured an early development investment from Sazze Partners from Silicon Valley and Primer. Following their start in 2014, they were quickly brought to the spotlight through Instagram of famous celebrities and North American fashion blogs. The platform has experienced continues growth in revenue with monthly subscribers often doubling. Kristy Kim from DearMissJ commented on…

K-beauty SNS Unpa receives $1.2m investment from Partners Investment
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  Lycl Inc, the operator of Korea’s leading beauty SNS Unpa has confirmed receiving an investment worth US $1.2m (KRW 1.4b) from Partners Investment. The company has been consecutively selected as a leading medium corporation by the Department of Future Creative Science R&D. This investment has allowed Lycl Inc to secure capital position totaling US$1.7m (KRW 2b) which will allow upgrades to domestic services, provide operational stability and create a foundation for…

K Cube Ventures invests into first person shooting game developer, Saltlab
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K Cube Ventures, which specializes in investments into mobile, internet and technology companies confirmed on the 13th of October an investment of US1.7m (KRW 2b) into Saltlab a first person shooting game developer. Saltlab was formed in 2007 by gathering  top talent with experiences in famous award winning Korean games ‘Aba’, ‘Metro Conflict’ and ‘Red Doc’. Most team members have more than 10 year experience in the genre of  first person shooting game, in either development…

3 reasons to attend beGLOBAL San Francisco 2015
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Since beginning in 2012 as beLAUNCH, beGLOBAL has grown and successfully concluded the 7 startup conferences in Korea and U.S. On the 15th October, the event’s U.S. annual event will be hosted at the ‘The Village’ in San Francisco.  In the ecosystem of startups, beGLOBAL San Francisco 2015 provides invaluable networking opportunities between Asia and U.S . So for budding startups and investors looking at the next top technology startup from Asia, the following provide three reasons why you should attend this event.  Key…

Korean startup ‘Venticake’, gets US$5.9m investment for camera app Retrica
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Venticake, the developer of camera app ‘Retrica’ has secured investments totalling US$5.9m (KRW 7b) from US venture capitals Bessemer Venture Capitals, Goodwater Capital and Altos Ventures. With more than 250 million downloads globally, Retrica is a camera app market leader throughouth Asia and South America. The company plans to target new geographical areas as well as concentrate efforts on improvements for existing users. The experience of Venticake come from various IT fields;…

StudyMax, an English education startup in Korea wins $3.8m investment
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StudyMax, is a Korean startup that develops English educational content optimized for today’s highly mobile society. On the 7th October, investments totalling US$3.8m (KRW 4.5b) lead by LB Investment, DS Investment and two other venture capitals was confirmed. Past investments secured by the company include an early stage investment by Bon Angel Venture Partners in 2010 and a Series A investment from NeoPlug in 2012. This new investment comes three year after…

Daily Hotel, a Korean hotel reservation app receives investment boost from Silicon Valley’s ‘Sequoia Capital’

Daily Hotel, a Korean hotel reservation app has received an investment from Silicon Valley’s Sequoia Capital, a venture capital that invested into Apple and Google. This marks the third investment for Daily Hotel following Bon Angels (a venture capital primer) backing of the company earlier this year. For Sequoia which traditionally makes investments in the USA, this is the just the second investment into a Korean company with the first being Coupang. Shin In Shik…

Korean beauty commerce company, Althea gets backing from Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups

Althea the top Korean beauty commerce company in South East Asia has been successful in securing an investment from 500Startups, which is among the best known Silicon Valley venture capitals. Although the company was only launched in April this year, they successfully secured an early stage investment with Bon Angels in May. Five months down the track, they have caught the eye of Silicon Valley’s 500Startups with a new investment. Key members of…

Amore Pacific invests into Korean IoT beauty startup, Way Wearable
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Way Wearble, the developer of ‘Way’ the world’s first skin care IoT solution has received an investment from Amore Pacific which is Asia’s leading cosmetics·beauty corporation. Way Wearable is preparing for mass production and service development of Wave with the planned global launch to occur later this year. The investment amount has not been disclosed. Way Wearable first is the world’s first to incorporate IoT (Internet of Things) in skin care. The technology…

UAE VC MENA Apps invests US$170 million into Korean Startup with Towerless Internet Technology

  On the 21st September, global satellite communication company DiGiFi Korea was successful with securing an investment worth US$170 million (KRW 200 billion) from UAE’s largest venture investment company, MENA Apps. Founded in 2014, DiGiFi Korea is a global company that developed an antenna for satellite communication that enables worldwide internet access. Their technology is able to create a wi-fi hotspot through their antenna that broadcasts the internet through low earth orbit satellite….

Korean tourism company ZaiSeoul wins $2.5m investment
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ZaiSeoul is a Korean Travel business specifically catering for Chinese tourist requirements through their travel service platform. On the 18th September, ZaiSeoul confirmed an investment from NICE group for US$2.5m (KRW 3b).  Since 2011, ZaiSeoul has distributed a discount coupon like magazine in Korea and China. The magazine distributed monthly, services Chinese tourists with travel information including accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping and other travel related contents. In total, the magazine has distributed…

Korean startup Origin Games wins investment from AltosVentures and Bon Angels Venture Partners
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Mobile game OriginGames has secured US$1.7m (KRW 20b) from two very well known Venture Capital companies; American VC Altos Ventures; and Bon Angels Venture Partners who were the first VC in Korea to specifically target startup investments. Origin game is a startup specializing in mobile games. Their key personnel include webgen ‘R2’ and C9’ team leaders, and key development team members from Nexen ‘Dungeon and Fighter’. They are currently developing a mobile game…

Korean startup Buff Studio secures investment from NCSoft
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On the 15th September, Korean startup and game development company Buff Studio confirmed an investment of US$420k (KRW 500m) had been received from NC Soft. Buff Studio is the creator of the popular action and RPG (Role Play Game) game, ‘Buff Knight – RPG Runner’.  Some awards won by Buff Knight include the following awards: 2014 Korean Game Awards: Indie Game Award 2014 Top 30 Best Games 2014 on Google Plan (Korea) #1…

Business card organiser Remember wins investment $5.4m
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Drama & Company, the developer of business card organiser app Remember has secured investments totalling US$5.4m (KRW 6.5b). The investors include Partners Investment, Korea Investment Partners, Ajuib Investment and Daegyo Investment. Remember has gained popularity for its highly accurate input system and has over 650 thousand users. It is the leading business card organizing app and was voted the the best business card organizing app in the ‘2015 Customer Satisfaction Index’. Unlike…

Virtual pet app Hello Pet receives investment from K Cube Ventures
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Mobile, internet and technology investment specialists, K Cube Ventures has invested US$250k (KRW 300m) into Apple Pie Studies, a startup dealing in social pet services. Apple Pie Studios allows users to interact and nurture for virtual pets through their social pet service, HelloPet. Kan Ho Young the company representative utilises his diverse experience covering social and language to mingle colleagues from various aspects of the business covering planning, development and operations from the…

NEOFECT shows how a robotic glove can help stroke victims
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Editor’s note : This article ‘NEOFECT shows how a robotic glove can help stroke victims’ was orginally published by e27’s Elaine Huang Meet NEOFECT, a South Korean tech company that wants to change the face of rehabilitative therapy for victims of stroke and other brain trauma. Founded by Hoyoung Ban, who is also the CEO, NEOFECT is doing that with RAPAEL, a US$1,000 robotic glove that runs on Android and connects to…

Everyone’s livestreaming, broadcasting on mobile
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Editor’s note : This article ‘Everyone’s livestreaming, broadcasting on mobile’ was originally published by e27’s Elaine Huang On smartphone screens worldwide, Kim Yubin and Lee Sunmi of famous Korean pop (K-pop) quartet Wonder Girls greet V users with singsong voices and peace hand signs. The two young celebrities banter playfully, amidst girly giggles, while fans litter the comments board with coloured hearts, compliments and ㅋㅋㅋ, which indicates laughter in Korean. V is South Korean conglomerate Naver’s app…