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TV Wars at CES 2013 – And the Winner is…Sony
2013년 01월 08일

Sony has arguably beaten Samsung and LG (and everyone else) by combining the two biggest TV technology developments in one amazing TV set at the World’s biggest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

[Weekly News] What’s up in Korea? (9. Jan)
  ·  2013년 01월 09일

beSUCCESS covers weekly news in Korea, 9 Jan.

How will LG spend its 19 billion USD investment?
  ·  2013년 01월 09일

beSUCCESS investigates how LG will spend its 19 billion USD investment.

[Part I] On the LG Investment: 3 major reasons why LG loves their Smart TV Alliance
  ·  2013년 01월 09일

In the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (ICES) that was held this Monday, LG expressed their interest in business alliance, namely, a “Smart TV Alliance” by securing new partners. Smart TV Alliance is an industry body complete with involvements from LG Electronics, Philips, Qualcomm, and Toshiba just to name a few.

[Part II] On the LG Investment: what about Samsung?
  ·  2013년 01월 10일

It’s no news that LG Display competes with Samsung for the title of the world’s largest LCD maker. At the same time, LG is also seeking to expand its manufacturing lines to meet heavy demands for their tablets and smartphones. Meanwhile, Samsung will invest more in the home appliance industry such as fridges and robot vacuum cleaners. This can be seen as their attempt at strengthening their home appliances portfolio that is considerably weak compared to LG’s.

Big Facebook Phone Announcement January 15? I doubt it.
2013년 01월 10일

Many commentators are heralding the arrival of Apple hardware, in the form of a Facebook branded smartphone, produced by HTC. I don’t think so. But it seems likely that Mark Zuckerberg has something big to let us know.
More on this after the press conference, January 15.

Bendy Smart Phone Screens Meet Politics at Samsung Dominated CES 2013
2013년 01월 10일

Samsung has revealed more exciting tech at CES 2013. Bendy screens – super-powerful processors…and an aging politician taling about gun control.

Evernote CEO, Phil Libin, speaking at beLAUNCH 2013, in Seoul
2013년 01월 10일

beLAUNCH proud to announce another top CEO speaker:“I’m pretty sure that we’re the fastest growing company ever in terms of new users, that’s not growing virally or paying for new customers” is what Phil Libin says of Evernote, which he founded in 2007.

High-tech TV content Search and Smart home Security at CES
  ·  2013년 01월 10일

Smart Home advances at CES 2013 from NetGear (live remote security feeds and advanced TV tech)- Much more coming in this space in 2013 from the major players.

Japan-Korea (Sony-CJ E&M) Games Rivalry, Sparks Talk of Law Suits
  ·  2013년 01월 14일

Korean Kakao Talk game, Everybody Cha Cha Cha, has infuriated Sony Computer Entertainment, who are beginning legal proceedings after claiming the Korean firm has stolen its intellectual property and game content.

Gaming Shutdown Policy Extension in Korea…Funded by Gaming Companies?
  ·  2013년 01월 14일

WeMadeEntertainment, the maker of AniPang (one of the most played online games in Korea) announced yesterday that they will be boycotting G-Star 2013, the global gaming expo in Korea. With the opposition to the bill gaining a lot of support from the gaming and IT industry, it will be interesting to see how events unfold. beSUCCESS investigates the Shutdown Law and the recently passed bill that suggests a 1% collection of annual income from gaming companies.

[Weekly News] What’s up in Korea? (14. Jan)
  ·  2013년 01월 14일

beSUCCESS covers weekly news in Korea, 14 Jan.

[Part I] In anticipation of Kakao’s overseas expansion
  ·  2013년 01월 16일

Kakao, the South Korean IM giant sought to partner up with American corporations such as Google and Facebook to name a few as a way to reach US smartphone users. They also successfully raised 92 billion KRW from the Chinese internet gaming company, Tencent (72 million) and a Korean company, WeMade Entertainment (20 million). Kakao will also consider an initial public offering (IPO) starting this year.

A Musical Dinasaur Rises From the Dead…Nope, we’re not talking about David Bowie
2013년 01월 16일

MySpace has had another makeover and is hoping that with celebrity co-owner Justin Timberlake it will emerge once more as a force to be reckoned with in Social Networking. But with a drop in active users from 130 million to a little over 10 million, is it too late?

Line at 100M Users – Kakao Faltering? Battle for Messaging Heats Up.
2013년 01월 17일

In 2012 Korean headlines were dominated by Kakao news, but 2013 has started out strong for NHN Japan’s Line messenger. Can Kakao sustain growth in the face of Line’s much stronger global presence?

[Part II] On KakaoTalk Policy Changes – how will it affect the Korean mobile industry?
  ·  2013년 01월 17일

Kakao’s effort to lessen the effect of these ‘spam’ invites should be welcomed by mobile game developers. Users’ experiences with games naturally lead to an understanding and ‘feel’ of the platform that provides it. If Kakao wants to expand further, they will need to optimize their user experience as much as they can.

The A-list: the people you should meet if you want to do business in Korea
  ·  2013년 01월 17일

The A-list. The star-studded lineup. The white list. The list of Korean people you should meet if you want to do business in Korea. [Investors] K Cube Ventures : CEO- Jimmy Rim. Successfully invested in 9 different startups. One of the hottest firms in the community. It kicked off in 2012, and are focusing on early-stage companies (inc. startups) in mobile and IT. Their investments range from KRW 0.1 billion to KRW…

iphone 5 available for $100. Apple shares at lowest level in last 12 months
2013년 01월 17일

Apple shares were at their lowest point in 12 months yesterday, as orders are cut and sales disappoint. iphone 5 on sale in Korea at 1/8 original recommended price.

Evernote CEO, Phil Libin, Speaking in Seoul at beLAUNCH 2013
2013년 01월 17일

Another key Silicon Valley speaker at our event May 1-2, Coex, Seoul. Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote, a platform that enables users to capture arrange and manage information from multiple sources. Prior to launching Evernote in 2008 he founded and served as president of CoreStreet.

Superhero-Maker and CEO of Paprika Labs (Hero City), Acquired in 2012, Joins the Bill at beLAUNCH 2013
2013년 01월 18일

John S. Kim founded the 1st generation social gaming company ‘Paprika Lab’ in 2007. The company went on to create ‘Hero City’ which attracted more than 1.5 million MAUs on Facebook and became the fastest growing game on Facebook. Paprika Labs was acquired by Japanese gaming company GREE, Inc. in June 2012. John joins us at Korea’s biggest startup conference, beLAUNCH, in May 2013.