ReShape is an AI-driven image-editing service, which allows anyone to edit shake correction, or exposure correction just by one-click. By applying Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) technology, ReShape aims to provide higher quality images rather than ones corrected with professionals tools like Photoshop. (Navier, Inc.)
ShareTable is a nursery teacher matching service, targeting working parents with elementary school children. ShareTable provides an afterschool class to study home economics centered on food at teachers’ home close to users’ home on weekdays, which enables parents to have safe and felxible option for their children to be looked after. (ShareTable, Inc.)
Dr. Fellow is a clinical case-sharing platform for medical doctors. It is important for doctors to learn from many clinical cases but the conventional methods are inefficient. By creating a non-anonymous doctor community on their app, Dr. Fellow enables clinical case-sharing among doctors in the open for a wider range of medical fields. (Dr.Fellow,Inc.)
BetterEngage is a people analytics tool that helps executives visualize and analyze employee motivation. The tool aggregates multiple data sources such as attendance and evaluation and automatically analyzes by employee. By offering data-driven analysis and next-step action recommendations, BetterEngage is able to help managers and executives prevent high performing employees from turnover.
Famione is a concierge chatbot that helps couples with pregnancy. Using machine learning techniques the service can provide relevant and personlized advice based on conversations users have with the chatbot. Famione also offers advice from experts and couples who have gone through similar experience, recommendations to medical institutions, medical consultation, and behavioral analysis using data analytics.
HIDEOUT CLUB is a subscription based app that gives its members a free drink per day at their favoriate bars. The app curates only the best bars to give its users not only the best experience but also find new bars to hang out. The company also provides a CRM and new user acquisition SaaS product for bars.
Logikura is a cloud based SaaS product that provides inventory management and forecasting for small to medium retailers and wholesalers. Using data gathered from its inventory management system that helps reduce time wasted in manual labor, Logikura applies machine learning techniques to better forecast inventory need for every customer.
Toreru is a cloud service focused in the intellectual property market. Toreru is a product that is aimed to increase efficiency of legacy communication and work to lower costs, allowing patent lawyers to manage more clients and hence make more revenue. The company hopes to use the data acquired from its services to create a new intellectual property business. (Toreru, Inc.)
Nimomin is an online property management software that allows users to manage its properties via Airbnb and monthly apartments in the most effective manner. The service optimizes for the highest rate of return for property owners by switching the property between rental houses, monthly apartments, share houses, meeting spaces, and event spaces, all while adhering to the new 180 day cap for home sharing.
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Café Wifi offers an app and web service to help remote workers find the ideal remote workspace. Information such as wifi speed, outlet, seating arrangement, food and drinks, etc makes finding workspaces simple and easy. The service is already used in over 90 countires, with over 3,000 cafés and spaces registered.
(Remote Work, Inc.)
PSYGIG is a SaaS platform for understanding Mobility IoT like humanoid robots and connected cars. By using PSYGIG, companies can dramatically lower engineering costs by reducing the time spent to gather and process data. With its cloud service and big data processing, companies can quickly investigate and troubleshoot issues and errors. (PSYGIG, Inc.)
Outreach Grid is a mobile app that enables officers and social service workers to work in the field and collect geolocation and identity information of transient and hard-to-reach populations. The tool was built in collaboration with outreach workers and community police officers.
Zenport provides cloud software for import/export and freight forwarding tasks. Traders will be able to lower operational costs by being able to manage ordering, transportation, and storage information in one dashboard. The company hopes to support supply chain management by implementing artifical intelligence as well as payments through blockchain technology.（Zenport Inc.）
withfluence is a matching platform that connects businesses and Asia’s top influencers for marketing purposes. Businesses can monitor their hired influencer’s performance through withfluence’s dashboard, while automated processes such as negotiation, management, and analysis. The company is acquired by Ginzamarket in 2017. (Withfluence, Inc)
Admise is an AI marketing agency for SMBs. Businesses can increase ROI with one click while Admise automates report creation, landing page optimization, and CPC management. Admise hopes to disrupt the 20% margin that agencies often take.
A monthly subscription rental service for jewelry and accessories. With just 2,500 yen, users can freely rent three items, which can be exchanged anytime. Users can pick from 18 brands and over 500 items that are registered. The team hopes to further expand by targeting all fashion accessories beyond jewelry in the future. (Sparklebox, Inc.)
asQme is an AMA platform where users asks their favorite bands and artists questions, and artists respond to the most popular questions via video. With its team well-versed in the music industry, asQme has gathered major artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Deadmau5. asQme plans to expand by adding new artists and eventually adding new categories. (ASQME, Inc.)
Current news publishers take approximately 90 minutes after an incident, accident, or disaster to start reporting on it. Spectee is a real-time publishing platform that aims to shorten the time it takes to report on information by curating video and images posted on social media, and then analyze and sort the information using artificial intelligence.
HouseCare is an on-demand platform for house cleaning and other home services. Order a housecleaner with your smartphone, easier than food delivery, higher quality than competitors, and cheaper than traditional service providers, social networks, reviews, GPS, and video features ensure trust and quality. (Mommy care, Inc.)
YUNOMI is an online marketplace for Japanese tea, marketed specifically towards non-Japanese, global consumers. Yunomi has created a platform that bridges the language barrier between global consumers and Japanese tea farmers, and is taking on the 9 trillion yen global tea industry with their high quality, low cost Japanese tea. (MATCHA LATTE MEDEIA, Inc.)
TABEENA is a smartphone application that providers users with an easy and fun way to log pictures they’ve taken while on a trip or vacation. Using these pictures and associated metadata, TABEENA becomes a guidebook for its user community. Through the 3 month Seed Accelerator Program, the TABEENA product experienced the most growth of its peers, and the team was awarded the Best Growth Award for this batch. (TABEENA, Inc.)
untickle is a social network focused on helping users discover useful treatment options for atopy (atopic syndrome) across a wide range of symptoms and areas of affliction. Through creating a database of actual atopy sufferers and their syndromes and treatments, untickle allows sufferers of atopy to find the treatments that works for them. (untickle, Inc.)
Mobingi provides a web application that makes it possible to deploy, configure and monitor a cloud environment for a server infrastructure or hosting applications with only a few clicks. With Mobingi, users can forget about dedicating resources to troublesome infrastructure environment set up procedures and can focus on what’s important.
Connected Robotics develops a robotic arm that helps users prepare meals and wash dishes. The company hopes to help solve the problem of lack of manpower in restaurants while making the process of preparing meals more creative through the robot and human interaction. (Connected Robotics, Inc.)
Emotion Intelligence, Inc. offers “Emotion I/O,” an artificial intelligence engine that observes and analyzes user behavior in real time on the web or in mobile apps. The company incorporates this engine into its e-commerce analytics service “ZenClerk,” which predicts and identifies the ideal time of purchase intent, and automatically offers sales promotions to maximize conversion rates. With clients ranging from SMB to enterprise e-commerce sites using ZenClerk, Emotion Intelligence plans to maximize cost-effectiveness through improvement and iteration in its machine learning technology. (Emotion Intelligence, Inc.)
papelook, Inc. operates cosmetics media “FAVOR,” a site that offers the latest cosmetics use cases and example usage reports through stunning pictures. FAVOR is able to give in-depth knowledge about products to users through information such as fine shades, tones, and very particular nuances.
WHILL is reinventing the personal mobility industry with an Intelligent Personal EV that focuses on an approachable and aesthetically pleasing powered vehicle that boosts confidence and pushes the boundaries of personal transportation. Headquartered in the Bay Area with offices in Tokyo and Taiwan, WHILL is focused on enabling everyone to explore the world in comfort and style.
Dreampass is the on-demand theather service, which allows users to request a screening of their favorite movies. By popular vote, Dreampass will negotiate with content holders to allow such a screening. If the screening is permitted, tickets will be made available on the Dreampass website for users to purchase. In 2013, the company is acquired by Yahoo Japan Corporation. (Bluem, Inc.)
Qiita is the knowledge sharing community for programming. Increments, Inc. also provides Qiita team, the team-wide knowledge sharing infra and Kobito, the easy-to-use knowledge sharing client specialized to Qiita and Qiita:Team. The company is acquired by Ateam in December 2017. (Increments,Inc.)
Fond is an employee engagement platform that helps companies attract, retain, and motivate their workforces. Fond offers benefit packages, such as welfare, and other perks to companies for to provide for their employees. As the first Japanese team to participate in Y Combinator, they are currently based in the U.S. and have more than 1,000 local clients who use their service. (FOND, Inc.)
Voyagin is a marketplace where anyone can host, discover, and book unique travel experiences in Asia. Whether you’re a food lover, into offbeat adventures or just want to relax, Voyagin connects you with hosts that you won’t even find in guidebooks.
Acquired by Rakuten, Inc. in July 2015. (Voyagin Pte. Ltd.)
Coursebase is a cloud service for internal training for businesses, used by HR departments for onboarding training and other departments for various online training. Companies can effectively implement, manage trainings, cut time and costs compared to when training was done by paper. (Coursebase, Inc.)
Sassor, Inc. develops and designs modules and data analytics engine for the IoT sector. The company operates “ELP (Energy Literacy Platform),” a tool that enables users to learn about the amount of electricity every device is consuming every day to enhance home energy literacy. Sassor also offers “Abis,” a data analytics engine that provides analysis on various IoT devices for business use. (Sassor, Inc.)
Takestock allows users to search the library database of over 6,100 libraries, and the inventory of over 1,400 bookstores in Japan, including TSUTAYA and MARUKZEN & JUNKUDO. It helps users find, test-read, and compare any book. (Spinning Works, Inc.)