Korean fintech company Metaps Plus announces new cryptocurrency exchange ‘CoinRoom’ and token ‘PlusCoin’

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ether, Litecoin, and others have witnessed remarkable growth this year. Bitcoin price crossed $4,600 mark for the first time this week, while Ethereum appears to be on its way to surpass $400 levels once again. However, question arises on the security of cryptocurrency exchanges. A number of digital asset exchanges including Gatecoin, ShapeShift, and Bitfinex, have been hacked in the past with losses running into millions of dollars.

Immersv Secures $10.5 Million

VR and AR startup Immersv announced it has closed $10.5 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Rogers Venture Partners, with participation from Foundation Capital, The Venture Reality Fund, Initial Capital, East Ventures, HTC Vive, MCJ Co. Ltd., GREE, i-mobile, Metaps, and Gigi Levy.

Mizuho enters digital wallet joint venture with Metaps

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (President & Group CEO: Yasuhiro Sato), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (President & CEO: Koji Fujiwara), Metaps Inc. (CEO: Katsuaki Sato), and WiL LLC (CEO: Gen Isayama) signed an agreement for capital participation and business cooperation for the purpose of providing a new settlement service using FinTech.

Welcome to the era of ‘datanomics’

Katsuaki Sato is a freethinker, data lover, and CEO of a US$200 million business in Japan. Last week at Tech in Asia’s Tokyo conference, it felt like the audience was eavesdropping on a speakeasy conversation between existentialists over a beer on a long, rainy night.

The 10 fintech companies in Japan you need to know

With changing regulations, increasing investments, and megabank support, fintech is ready to explode in Japan. The country has a ton of personal assets, 52 percent of which are held in cold, hard, cash. Japan’s piggy banks are due for an upgrade in the smartphone era. Here are some of the tech companies posed to do it.

Metaps’ Sato Katsuaki makes ‘bad’ timing look really, really good

Sato Katsuaki isn’t a popular Japanese founder because of how often he surprises people who aren’t paying attention. He’s popular because of how often he surprises those of us who are paying attention. Sato is the founder and CEO of Metaps, a Japanese app monetization startup that has also moved into payments.

You may now exit. Metaps, Japan’s most-funded startup is going public in August

Now anyone can get a piece of Japan’s hottest startup. Metaps, the company best known for its robust app monetization products and Spike, a fast-growing online payment solution, is going public. The announcement comes on the heels of a US$36 million series C round the company secured earlier this year. The IPO, scheduled for August 28th, is expected to bring in a further JPY 3.8 billion (US$30.6 million).

Metaps and Hakuhodo creating UA tools for tracking power of TV commercials

The Android monetization gurus over at Metaps have joined forces with Hakuhodo in a brand new marketing partnership. The two Japanese companies will now work together to create better analytics solutions for TV commercial campaigns. The goal is to make it easy to calculate just how much TV adverts affect app downloads, ROI, UA and other in-app activity. TV advertising for mobile games has skyrocketed in popularity as a user acquisition strategy. Clash of Clans, Heroes Charge and Game of War proved the format's strength at this year’s Super Bowl, spending over $15 million on video advertising slots.