Megaphone (interactive TV)
Megaphone, based in NYC, developed a participation TV platform. Their clients include NBC, Bravo, BBC, Amex, LG, Sprint, NFL, New York Knicks and others. Megaphone integrates game graphics into TV shows, which are visible on every TV, and any device with a web browser can be used as a controller. Viewers see aggregated results of all user activity and even 30 second ads become actionable in real-time.
MangoPlate (mobile application )
MangoPlate is a personalized restaurant recommendation app that helps users discover the best places to eat in Seoul. Each time a user reviews or adds a restaurant to their wish list, their recommendation engine fine-tunes its search results to match a user's food personality.
Zoyi (product shop)
Zoyi is an innovative technology company that builds great products. Team Zoyi built Korea's first social media advertising platform AdbyMe, that empowers publishers to share brand promotions by crowdsourcing slogans. More than 600 ad campaigns have been promoted from advertisers through their platform to engage 10 million consumers across Korea, Japan, U.S. and Latin America. Zoyi launched Cooki, a news summary curation service, that enables sending monetary tips to any curators and writers within the platform. Zoyi is backed by Stonebridge Capital, a leading venture capital firm in Korea.
HeyBread (subscription e-commerce)
HeyBread is a leading curation commerce company in South Korea that is focused on premium organic breads from local bakeries. Every morning it delivers fresh breads from handpicked bakeries to customers. Building from their online and offline expertise, HeyBread plans to expand its service to the entire fresh food industry.
Petsbe (subscription e-commerce)
Petsbe, based in Seoul, is a premium subscription service which delivers pet food and monthly supplies based on your pet's individual information, such as age, weight, health conditions, and other factors. Petsbe launched its beta service in February 2013.
Lateral SV, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, has a resolute mission to redefine the fundamentals of online search. Lateral SV specializes in technology that revamps outdated methods of search, providing users with an "experience" over an otherwise tedious task.
DesignPlusD (productivity application)
DesignPlusD, based in Seoul, focuses on productivity applications, such as note taking, alarm reminders and calendars. Their "Remember - Block" memo app hit #1 productivity application in the App Store in 12 countries and was the top paid app in Korea during January 2013.
TrakInvest, headquartered in Singapore, is an online social investment platform for equities to be launched in June 2013. The unique trading format, proprietary analytics, and sponsorship model will seek to both identify and create future "alpha" generators. The company has partnered with Thomson Reuters to provide research and analytics to its customer base and other partners will soon be announced. The company is led by Bobby Bhatia, former Managing Director and Head of Principal Investments at AIG for APAC.
SparkLabs is a startup accelerator founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs in South Korea. The focus will be on startup companies from the Internet, online gaming, mobile, e-commerce, digital media and healthcare sectors. The mentorship-driven program will be three months in length and provides funding, office space, a structure program and access to a top-tier network of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and executives. SparkLabs seeks to contribute to and help develop South Korea and Asia's startup ecosystem. For more information, please visit www.sparklabs.co.kr
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