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Accelerators

South Korea offers lucrative package to entice foreign startups to set up shop

For more than $4,000 a month and tens of thousands of dollars worth of potential prizes, you can accelerate your startup 'Gangnam style' - or close enough
May 30, 2016

This accelerator wants to introduce Israeli startups and innovation to Asia

StartupEast is a newly launched accelerator which helps Israeli startups penetrate Asian markets. Only startups with a strategic focus on expansion in Asia are welcome [Read More...]
Aug 07, 2015

Here’s A Look At Seoul’s Top Accelerators, Unlocking Korean Startup Success

Don't miss what's going on in one of the most promising entrepreneurial hubs in the world
Nov 30, 2014

Big Data

South Korea has the fastest internet worldwide, US is ranked twelfth

Internet connection speed worldwide has risen 21% year-over-year, Akamai reports
Dec 22, 2016

Israeli startup Dov-E uses ultrasonic sound waves to talk to your phone

This startup is navigating a new way for marketers to interact with customers, optimizing feedback and giving better, more secure service in a win-win for both sides
Nov 28, 2016

Following Cisco, Samsung aims to turn Daegu into South Korea’s first major smart city

Following Cisco's recent developments, Samsung and local SK Telecom (SKT) announced that they want to turn the manufacturing city of Daegu, Korea's third largest metro, [Read More...]
Mar 28, 2016

Consumer

Photo Credit: Samsung

Samsung admits that battery defects caused Note 7 fires

The company brought in outside investigators, who found that Samsung's manufacturers experienced different problems building and rolling out the Note 7 battery
Jan 23, 2017

Samsung shows off IoT, entertainment, and gaming devices while laying low on phones at CES

Answers about last year's trials, including the Galaxy Note 7 explosive battery, will have to wait a bit longer
Jan 05, 2017
Panasonic Megahonyaku (screenshot)

Panasonic starts selling the would-be Google Translate of megaphones

Limited only to 300 essential phrases, it may pave the way for customizing translations for specific purposes
Jan 04, 2017
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Design

Photo Credit: Samsung

Samsung admits that battery defects caused Note 7 fires

The company brought in outside investigators, who found that Samsung's manufacturers experienced different problems building and rolling out the Note 7 battery
Jan 23, 2017
The grid layout Apple patented. Image Credit: USPTO / Apple

Samsung hopes Supreme Court ruling will let it recover damages paid to Apple

The Supreme Court, which ruled in Samsung's favor, opens up space for haggling
Dec 06, 2016
From Acanvas's Kickstarter campaign. Photo credit: Kickstarter

One picture, thousands of possibilities: Meet Acanvas, a smart, remote-controlled canvas

A new crowdfunding campaign presents a smart digital canvas, enabling you to upload pictures from a pre-installed collection of art or your own photos
May 22, 2016

eCommerce

Using the Spott app to identify items on TV. Photo Credit: Appiness PR

Belgian Appiness connects viewers with their favorite shows and brands

Using their smart app and audio coding, this startup is exploring new ways to help brands engage with viewers, driving sales
Dec 29, 2016
Memebox's Union Square pop-up store in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Memebox USA

YC-backed Korean beauty startup Memebox gets extended $60 million Series C stocking stuffer

The K-Beauty Wave shows no sign of slowing down as holiday demand surges for the online store's wares
Dec 16, 2016

South Korean e-commerce titan Coupang confirms $1B investment from Softbank

The Groupon-inspired company is Korea’s biggest e-commerce startup, facing up to older sites like eBay-owned Gmarket
Jun 03, 2015

Education

Entrepreneurship

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Events

Samsung shows off IoT, entertainment, and gaming devices while laying low on phones at CES

Answers about last year's trials, including the Galaxy Note 7 explosive battery, will have to wait a bit longer
Jan 05, 2017
Cool stuff like a humanoid robot were presented at TechNode's Asia Hardware Competition. Photo credit: Laura Rosbrow-Telem / Geektime

Asian hardware at ChinaBang was amazing. Profitable? It depends (VIDEO)

ChinaBang, TechNode's latest conference in Chengdu, China, showcased some of Asia's best hardware startups. While the ideas were amazing, few seemed profitable
Mar 31, 2016
ChinaBang 2015 took place in Hong Kong. This year will highlight Chengdu and the southwestern Chinese technology economy. Photo credit: Technode

Startups to converge in Chengdu this week for Technode's ChinaBang Awards

Geektime's own Laura Rosbrow-Telem will visit Chengdu, one of China's growing technology and finance hubs, for the annual ChinaBang Awards
Mar 28, 2016
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FinTech

This fintech startup is disrupting Korea’s banking sector, rewriting regulation

Korean mobile banking app maker Viva Republica lands $48 million Series C
Mar 12, 2017

Monese nabs £8 million for app that instantly opens bank accounts for expats in UK

The round brings South Korea's biggest VC to European shores for the first time
Jan 03, 2017

Bitcoin in Korea Forging Ahead Despite Global Concerns

South Korea, possible regional leader for Bitcoin?
Apr 24, 2014

Gaming

Korean VR company VisualCamp creates software that lets you type and click with your eyes

South Korea-based VisualCamp claims to have developed an eye tracking technology for virtual reality head mount displays that allows users to input signals by just [Read More...]
Nov 21, 2015

This smart glove is affordable home rehab for stroke patients

This South Korean startup aims to provide stroke patients with an affordable alternative to costly rehabilitation programs.
Aug 03, 2015

Mobile Games Marketing in Asia’s Big 3 – China, Japan and South Korea

These numbers and figures will help you understand the key specific characteristics in each of your target countries
Dec 19, 2014
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Hardware

4K and 5K monitors for MacBook Pro. Credit: LG

LG’s UltraFine 4K and 5K monitors to replace Apple’s Thunderbolt Display

5K is great for 4K editing, but needs more of its own 5120 x 2880 content
Oct 31, 2016
Seoul physicists Induk Lee (R) and Yeo Myung Lim (L) with their LOCOOP Y. Photo credit: G3

Everyone can prototype with this new South Korean 3D printer

Two physicists incorporated famed robotic technology in their LOCOOP Y to make 3D printing accessible and simple
Jul 25, 2016
Cool stuff like a humanoid robot were presented at TechNode's Asia Hardware Competition. Photo credit: Laura Rosbrow-Telem / Geektime

Asian hardware at ChinaBang was amazing. Profitable? It depends (VIDEO)

ChinaBang, TechNode's latest conference in Chengdu, China, showcased some of Asia's best hardware startups. While the ideas were amazing, few seemed profitable
Mar 31, 2016
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Health

Following Cisco, Samsung aims to turn Daegu into South Korea’s first major smart city

Following Cisco's recent developments, Samsung and local SK Telecom (SKT) announced that they want to turn the manufacturing city of Daegu, Korea's third largest metro, [Read More...]
Mar 28, 2016
Photo credit: ALEX Kickstarter video

South Korean ALEX wants you to have better posture

For all you people with stiff backs and necks from too much time spent in front of screens, this is for you
Feb 11, 2016

This smart glove is affordable home rehab for stroke patients

This South Korean startup aims to provide stroke patients with an affordable alternative to costly rehabilitation programs.
Aug 03, 2015

Industry

Now you can Shazam your beer

Can't remember a drink you really liked. Use this app and BOOM! Beer.
Nov 13, 2015

Netflix to launch in Singapore in early 2016. Does it stand a chance?

Netflix will launch in Singapore in early 2016. The video streaming service is also expected to launch in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan some time in 2016.
Sep 09, 2015

15 Asian startups that will disrupt your boring day

Asian startups are popping up like cherry blossoms in spring, and one list isn’t enough to encapsulate them all. Here are 15 startups worth taking note of.
Sep 07, 2015
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Internet

South Korea has the fastest internet worldwide, US is ranked twelfth

Internet connection speed worldwide has risen 21% year-over-year, Akamai reports
Dec 22, 2016

Yandex and Baidu: international search engines that are gaining ground

Studies show that Yandex and Baidu hold 11% market share on international search engine traffic and individually account for over 60% in their respective regions
Apr 21, 2015

Coco Biz, a dating app for the workplace

Many large corporations in Korea are actively encouraging marriage within the workplace for the well-being of its employees
Feb 10, 2015
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IoT

Samsung shows off IoT, entertainment, and gaming devices while laying low on phones at CES

Answers about last year's trials, including the Galaxy Note 7 explosive battery, will have to wait a bit longer
Jan 05, 2017

Samsung set to acquire HARMAN for $8 billion in cash

This is a huge deal for the future of the connected car
Nov 14, 2016

Following Cisco, Samsung aims to turn Daegu into South Korea’s first major smart city

Following Cisco's recent developments, Samsung and local SK Telecom (SKT) announced that they want to turn the manufacturing city of Daegu, Korea's third largest metro, [Read More...]
Mar 28, 2016
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Lists

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Beyond Gangnam Style: 3 cool Korean startups you should know

Startups are not only innovating in traditionally strong Korean industries such as electronics, but also in Korea’s newly promising sectors such as cosmetics
Feb 03, 2016

8 resources for startups to get free press coverage

Besides Geektime, these are some other okay places to get press
Jun 06, 2015
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10 smart cities that are actually smart

Here, Geektime highlights the 10 smart city projects around the world that excite us the most
Dec 22, 2014

Marketing

Using the Spott app to identify items on TV. Photo Credit: Appiness PR

Belgian Appiness connects viewers with their favorite shows and brands

Using their smart app and audio coding, this startup is exploring new ways to help brands engage with viewers, driving sales
Dec 29, 2016

Israeli startup Dov-E uses ultrasonic sound waves to talk to your phone

This startup is navigating a new way for marketers to interact with customers, optimizing feedback and giving better, more secure service in a win-win for both sides
Nov 28, 2016

Korean app lets users create high quality marketing videos

Hooreel lets small business owners easily create marketing videos with viral potential
Sep 01, 2015

Media

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: A view of the Samsung Gear VR headset on display at Samsung 837 on July 19, 2016 in New York City. Photo credit: Noam Galai/WireImage via Getty Images Israel

This is why Samsung should avoid coming out with a standalone VR headset

According to TalkAndroid, Samsung has filed a trademark application for a headset called the Odyssey that will run VR content on its own - without the phone
Jul 21, 2016

8 resources for startups to get free press coverage

Besides Geektime, these are some other okay places to get press
Jun 06, 2015

Contributions to Daum Kakao’s News Funding exceed 700M Won ($700K)

Instead of gathering funds from individual investors to finance companies’ business projects and products, the service bankrolls journalists’ articles
Feb 02, 2015

Mobile

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News

This fintech startup is disrupting Korea’s banking sector, rewriting regulation

Korean mobile banking app maker Viva Republica lands $48 million Series C
Mar 12, 2017
Signage is displayed outside Facebook Inc. headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Facebook Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on February 1. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Israel

Facebook Lite launching in four more countries, including South Korea, Israel

Facebook Lite, the social media platform's barebones version for low speed internet, is one of its fastest growing offerings
Feb 08, 2017

No one knows where Samsung’s battery testing lab is in Hanoi

Following the Note 7 disaster, the company is making a big effort to thoroughly test its batteries before the Galaxy 8's release
Jan 25, 2017
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Policy

The grid layout Apple patented. Image Credit: USPTO / Apple

Samsung hopes Supreme Court ruling will let it recover damages paid to Apple

The Supreme Court, which ruled in Samsung's favor, opens up space for haggling
Dec 06, 2016
LUBUMBASHI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - DECEMBER 13: A young boy sleeps on bags of cobalt after a long day's work on December 13, 2005 in Ruashi mine about 20 kilometers outside Lubumbashi, Congo, DRC. About 4,000 young men and children work here, mining copper and cobalt. Photo credit: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images Israel

The human cost of our devices’ and cars’ batteries

Cobalt, the mineral that makes our devices' and cars' lithium-ion batteries possible, is still being dug up with little regard for the miners
Oct 04, 2016

Science

Image Credit: Samsung

What do you do with 4.3 million unsafe smartphones?

Burying and recycling the Samsung Note 7 is going to take time
Nov 23, 2016
Lithium-ion batteries for smartphones including ones manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co., Nokia Oyj and Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility, are displayed at a store in Dalanzadgad, Mongolia, on Wednesday, June 5 , 2013. Photo credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images Israel

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster shows limits of mobile battery tech

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries couldn't take the heat. Are there alternatives to prevent repeat failures?
Oct 11, 2016

Social Media

Signage is displayed outside Facebook Inc. headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Facebook Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on February 1. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Israel

Facebook Lite launching in four more countries, including South Korea, Israel

Facebook Lite, the social media platform's barebones version for low speed internet, is one of its fastest growing offerings
Feb 08, 2017
Image Credit: Podotree

Korean Kakao’s Podotree raises $107 million to grow its webtoons

The company wants to expand its content presence online in video as well
Dec 10, 2016

Korean app lets users create high quality marketing videos

Hooreel lets small business owners easily create marketing videos with viral potential
Sep 01, 2015
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Transportation

South Korea’s Naver joins self-driving car frenzy with suped-up Toyota Prius

It will be the 13th model the Korean government has granted a testing license to
Feb 20, 2017

Samsung set to acquire HARMAN for $8 billion in cash

This is a huge deal for the future of the connected car
Nov 14, 2016

Venture Capital

Image Credit: Podotree

Korean Kakao’s Podotree raises $107 million to grow its webtoons

The company wants to expand its content presence online in video as well
Dec 10, 2016

IDG capital and SMBA create $910 million USD Korean Venture Fund

Guo-Yi Hong and other representatives of China IDG Capital will directly find and mandatorily invest more than 60% in Korean companies, and focus their investments in [Read More...]
Feb 22, 2015

Contributions to Daum Kakao’s News Funding exceed 700M Won ($700K)

Instead of gathering funds from individual investors to finance companies’ business projects and products, the service bankrolls journalists’ articles
Feb 02, 2015
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Wearables

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Advertising

Using the Spott app to identify items on TV. Photo Credit: Appiness PR

Belgian Appiness connects viewers with their favorite shows and brands

Using their smart app and audio coding, this startup is exploring new ways to help brands engage with viewers, driving sales
Dec 29, 2016

Innovation

ChinaBang 2015 took place in Hong Kong. This year will highlight Chengdu and the southwestern Chinese technology economy. Photo credit: Technode

Startups to converge in Chengdu this week for Technode's ChinaBang Awards

Geektime's own Laura Rosbrow-Telem will visit Chengdu, one of China's growing technology and finance hubs, for the annual ChinaBang Awards
Mar 28, 2016