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Facebook Marketing Partner Sprinklr Expands into Japan

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It’s been a busy year for Sprinklr. Not long after the company acquired Get Satisfaction, they announced that they are expanding into Japan.

Sprinklr Japan will have Tokyo headquarters and allow the company to closer relate with Japanese enterprises, providing more local support for clients with a significant presence in Japan. This is a joint venture between majority shareholder Sprinklr, PIPED BITS, Recruit Strategic Partners and Suneight Investment Co., Ltd. PIPED BITS, Recruit and Suneight have all invested ¥1 billion in Series A funding in Sprinklr Japan.

Sprinklr CEO Ragy Thomas discussed this new venture:

The connected, empowered consumer is a universal transformation that requires a truly global solution. By 2016, the number of Facebook users in Japan is expected to reach 30.6 million. More than 200 of the world’s largest global public companies are headquartered in Japan. We are thrilled to expand to Japan and help these companies create social experiences that reduce costs, drive revenue, and increase engagement with their highly connected, mobile-centric customers.

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Line Renews Its IPO Application, But May Not List This Year

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This Week Some Japanese Startups Battled It Out At TechCrunch Tokyo

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Game Developer Gumi, A Sega And Line Partner, Enters North America With Four New Studios

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Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina

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TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 Winner Whill Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Its Personal Mobility Device

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Japanese Contact-Management Service Sansan Raises $14M To Tackle The U.S.

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Square Signs Santa Clara Lease, Opening Its Second Office In The Bay Area

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Square announced that it has signed a lease to open an office for about 50 employees in Santa Clara.

This is Square’s second office in the San Francisco Bay Area, the first being its San Francisco headquarters. The company moved to a new, larger HQ last fall, and also has offices in New York, Atlanta, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Tokyo, with 800 employees globally. Read More

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

Mt.Gox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

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Mt.Gox has filed for bankruptcy protection and has outstanding debt of about $63.6 million, a lawyer for the bitcoin exchange said today during a press conference at the Tokyo District Court. Read More

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Rakuten Opens Its First European R&D Center In Paris

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Rakuten, the Japan-based Internet services company, opened its first European research and development center in Paris today. Called the Rakuten Institute of Technology, this is Rakuten’s third R&D center in the world.

The other two are in Tokyo, with 40 employees, and New York, with 10. Rakuten’s Paris R&D center will combine with its big data group there, adding a total of 20 new employees to its Paris office this year.

The center’s opening comes a week after Rakuten announced that it had acquired messaging app maker Viber for $900 million, as part of a bid to “become the world’s No. 1 Internet services company.”

In a statement, Rakuten said that its Paris R&D center will focus on projects to “support the development of the global e-commerce industry,” including data analytics, fraud detection, recommendation systems, image processing, user interfaces, and “‘the online to offline’ transition in e-commerce.”

Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani said in a press release that:

“Our aim globally is to empower retailers and merchants to sell online, and to do this we must keep up with consumers’ browsing and buying habits – online, on mobile, via social and any other channels that they may want to use in their purchase journey. That’s why we’ve increased the size of our global research team, so they can work on bringing the next big thing in e-commerce to market, with our support.”

Image by Flickr user lakbaydiwa PASANKRUS under a CC BY 2.0 license.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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