TOKYO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Asia Pacific Pte LTD., subsidiary of Allied Architects, Inc. which offers social media marketing support business, is recognized as an official API Partners of Facebook advertising (*1) by Facebook, Inc. (Head Office: United States, California, CEO: Mark Zuckerberg) and developed the crowdsourcing service “ReFUEL4″ which is specialized for Facebook advertising creation. Signed a partner agreement with sPMD (*2) certified company, Nanigans, Inc. and will start the service to the countries of the world.
The older a Japanese company is, the more likely it is that the firm has only recently – and begrudgingly – upgraded out of Windows XP. Messages sent by fax are probably still commonplace and innovation is treated as a threat to The Way Things Are. “Venture,” assuming the word even exists in the company’s lexicon, is probably best defined as a tax-break. When Transcosmos, a 48-year old outsourcing and business process improvement firm, started diving into the startup world, eyebrows were raised and polite coughs of dismissal were heard.
Japan is the worst developed country for working mothers as horrendous working hours combine with a culture that expects stay-at-home moms to stay home forever. That makes it tough for women with kids to get back into the workplace. Japanese web company CyberAgent (TYO:4751) has launched an online, crowdsourced jobs marketplace that allows these women to pick up small jobs and paid tasks as and when they have time. It’s called Mama and Crowd.
We kick off this week with investment news from Indonesia. Today, the country’s design crowdsourcing marketplace Sribu 1 announced that it has raised a series A round investment from a publicly listed company in Japan called Infoteria Corporation (TYO:3853). According to the Japanese press release, Infoteria Corporation has acquired a 34.5 percent share of Sribu for an undisclosed amount. The new money will be used for regional expansion into Southeast Asia. Founder Ryan Gondokusumo comments: