The latest in the deals space in Japan has seen social news aggregator Spectee is expanding to more Asian nations, while Astellas Pharma and MPM Capital have partnered to launch a digital health investment firm, DigiTx Partners.
Japan’s social news aggregator for press Spectee announces Asian, US expansion
Spectee, a Tokyo-based artificial intelligence-powered news platform startup announced that it would expand Newsdesk, the company’s social news aggregation platform for the press, to global markets. The startup will collaborate with CBC, the brains behind TV system brand Ganz, which participated in a Series A round this July.
Local subsidiaries will be set up in Taiwan and Singapore after selling Newsdesk from CBC’S local offices. Taiwan has a large number of satellite TV news channels targeting overseas Chinese such as FTV News, CTS News, CTi News, EBC News, NTDAPTV and TVBS.
The US is another market in which Spectee is looking to enter – market research will begin in Q3 2016 before initiating sales operations in 2017. Competition comes in the form of Banjo, a US-based startup offering similar services to Spectee’s Newsdeck.
Astellas Pharma and MPM Capital jointly launch digital health investment firm DigiTx
Most recently, he was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Lumiata, Inc. a venture-backed predictive analytics company. Kim was also Partner at Pinnacle Ventures, investing both in equity and venture debt funds, and worked as an equity research analyst at several financial institutions.