Please Don’t Ask for a Cyworld Page

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Recently I’ve gotten a number of inquiries from international brands about setting up Cyworld pages for them in Korea. Consider this a public service announcement: As far as marketers are concerned, Cyworld is dead. Yes, the site still exists and has lots of registered users but since mid-2011 Facebook has consistently gotten more monthly … [Read more...]

Uber Opens Its Luxury Sedan Doors to Korea

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Last June we published our intro post about American start-up “Uber” sharing an overview of the company, a firsthand testimonial and our excitement for its launch in Korea. On July 31st, I had the pleasure to attend their official launch luncheon at the Plaza Hotel Seoul, where Travis Kalanick (CEO of Uber) introduced the company’s history … [Read more...]

Synrgic – the Next Xiaomi of Asia?

Synrgic CEO & Founder - Suan Jin Cheo

I peered through the busy crowd and spied a young lad dressed in a checkered shirt and jeans. Coupled with a backpack and a mobile phone in one hand, he would not have looked out of place at a university. Meet Suan Jin Cheo, the fast-talking 26-year-old founder and CEO of Synrgic, a Singapore-based startup that was established back in 2009. The … [Read more...]

Innovation, Innovation, Innovation…. A modern buzz word or a mega trend?

"Innovation and ingenuity has the ability to transform the way we do almost everything.... and we should do all that we can to encourage this type of innovation economy all across America". These were the resounding statements of a speech delivered on May 09, 2013, by United States President Barack Obama, in one of the United State's innovation … [Read more...]

Startup Battle Korea 2013: Memebox and Malang Studio Take Home Top Prizes

Being invited to Startup Battle Korea 2013 was even more exciting than receiving a present on my birthday (and that's not an over-exaggeration). Thanks to friends at Seoul Space/Boom Media, I found myself in the Allegro ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel Coex last Tuesday, enveloped in a crowd of nerves, excitement, anticipation and hope. It … [Read more...]

Postcards from the US: “Pretty much all of the time”

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This is the second in a series of posts from Ross Geesman, who is a global manager at Cizion as the Korean startup works its way into the US market. During his time there he will be sharing advice and experiences through his posts in the hopes of helping out other Korean startups who are eyeing up overseas markets. On Being a Korean Startup in … [Read more...]

[Event] GDG Korea MiniCon 2013!

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Google Korea is back with its next event – GDG Mini Con 2013! Date : July 15 (Monday) Time : 7pm – 10pm Venue : Grand Ballroom (Level 1), Coex (Near Samsung Subway Station) Register : https://sites.google.com/site/gdgminicon/registration Most of the talks will be conducted in English, so it's not a problem if you don’t … [Read more...]

“Everybody’s Marble” Overtakes “Anipang” to Top Mobile Game Rankings

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It seems Korean mobile game players are getting tired of lining up chicks, monkeys and rabbits in one of Korea's most popular apps "Anipang" and moving to a more social game designed with the feel and look of good old Monopoly - "Everybody's Marble". Last week, ET News published their weekly update on app ranking heralding the emergence of the … [Read more...]

Lessons from my Homeland, or “What have I gotten myself into?”

This is the first in a series of posts from Ross Geesman, global manager at Cizion, as the Korean startup works its way into the US market. During his time there he will be sharing advice and experiences in his posts in the hopes of helping out other Korean startups who plan on going global. I must have lived in Korea for too long, I seem to … [Read more...]

Uber’s Premium On-Demand Car Service Debuts in Seoul

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My first brush with Uber was outside the Moscone Center in San Francisco, when I was faced with the task of getting my boss down to San Jose for an unexpected executive meeting to be held in 2 hours. And for most who have been to the Moscone Center for one of their never-ending conventions, it is common knowledge that getting a cab is … [Read more...]