Serkan Toto

[Dr. Serkan Toto](http://serkantoto.com) is CEO & Founder of Tokyo-based [Kantan Games Inc.](http://en.kantan-games.co.jp/company.html), a game industry consultancy focused on the Japanese market.

Serkan has been the Japan contributor for TechCrunch.com from 2008 to 2012.

He is sept-lingual, holds an MBA and is a PhD in economics.

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  • From The Infinity Ventures Summit In Kyoto/Japan: 12 Japanese Startups Set Out Their Pitches

    Japanese VC firm Infinity Venture Partners is organizing the so-called Infinity Ventures Summit Fall 2013 (IVS) in Kyoto/Japan this week, an online industry event that’s taking place twice a year. Like at every IVS, a few hours of the program on the second day (today) were reserved for a total of 12 local startups to set out their pitches in front of about 700 attendees. Here is… Read More

  • From The Infinity Ventures Summit In Kyoto/Japan: 12 Demos From Japanese Startups

    From The Infinity Ventures Summit In Kyoto/Japan: 12 Demos From Japanese Startups

    Japanese VC firm Infinity Venture Partners has organized the so-called Infinity Ventures Summit Fall 2012 (IVS) in Kyoto/Japan earlier this week, a two-day web industry event that’s taking place twice a year (the other IVS is held in spring in Sapporo). And just like at every IVS, a few hours of the program were reserved for a total of 12 local startups to demo their services onstage to… Read More

  • Moglue Lets Authors Create And Publish Interactive Ebooks On iOS And Android The Simple Way

    Moglue Lets Authors Create And Publish Interactive Ebooks On iOS And Android The Simple Way

    New York- and Seoul-based Moglue (last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing finalist) has rolled out a few changes to make it easier to create and publish interactive ebooks on smartphones and tablets. Its ebook publishing platform now consists of two main elements, MoglueBuilder (used to create content-rich ebooks without programming skills) and MoglueViewer (used to preview ebooks on… Read More

  • DeployGate: Simple, Over-The-Air, Real-Time App Beta Testing Comes To Android

    DeployGate: Simple, Over-The-Air, Real-Time App Beta Testing Comes To Android

    It’s no secret that developing and testing Android applications can be difficult, but a newly launched solution called DeployGate intends to take the pain out of part of the process. In a nutshell, DeployGate makes it possible for companies to distribute Android apps that are currently in development to team members over the air and monitor the performance. Read More

  • Moglue Makes It Dead Simple For Anyone To Create And Publish Interactive Ebooks

    Moglue Makes It Dead Simple For Anyone To Create And Publish Interactive Ebooks

    Creating and publishing content-rich, interactive ebooks without programming skills or distribution power: that’s the problem New York- and Seoul-based startup Moglue is trying to solve. The TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing finalist offers two products: MoglueBuilder (a desktop app that makes it dead simple for authors and artists to create and publish interactive ebooks)… Read More

  • Manila-Based Social Music Service Twitmusic Makes It Into 500 Startups

    Manila-Based Social Music Service Twitmusic Makes It Into 500 Startups

    A big domestic market of 92 million people, English as an official language, a large IT talent pool, and a strategic location in South East Asia: the Philippines surely has the potential to become the next web powerhouse coming out of Asia. I traveled to the country last month (on a private trip) to realize that the startup scene is still in its infancy – but that’s poised to… Read More

  • Gnzo Is Instagram For Video And A Flashy Multi-Video Viewer In One

    Gnzo Is Instagram For Video And A Flashy Multi-Video Viewer In One

    Gnzo, the video startup that made its debut at TechCrunch Disrupt in September 2010 (it was called Gunzoo then), has its first consumer-oriented product ready. Named after the Japan-based maker itself, Gnzo (pronounced gun-zou) is an iOS application that can best be described as “Instagram for video” and a (pretty cool) multi-video viewer rolled into one (free download in… Read More

  • MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900

    MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900

    NEC did it again: about 11 months after unveiling the world’s slimmest smartphone at that time, the company is ready to release another super-thin Android phone with a set of impressive specs (via Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo). Dubbed MEDIAS ES N-05D [JP], the handset will hit Japanese stores in February or March this year. NEC rolled out quite a few Medias-branded… Read More

  • WiGig: Panasonic Tablet Wirelessly Transmits A Full DVD Video In 60 Seconds (Video)

    WiGig: Panasonic Tablet Wirelessly Transmits A Full DVD Video In 60 Seconds (Video)

    WiGig, a multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology, was first announced back in 2009, but it took companies like Panasonic quite a while to come up with applications that make use of it. Via WiGig, devices can communicate with each other at multi-gigabit speeds using the 60 GHz frequency band. Panasonic has developed a prototype system, in which WiGig is embedded in a tablet that… Read More

  • nanox: High-Quality iPod nano Watch Conversion Kit

    nanox: High-Quality iPod nano Watch Conversion Kit

    Do you own the latest version of the iPod nano (sixth generation)? Do you look for a way to turn it into a watch? If yes, then this watch conversion kit might be the right solution for you. Dubbed nanox, the kit just went on sale in a total of 39 countries via Amazon (US, UK, Japan), and it’s probably the one with the highest quality out there (Facebook page). Made from… Read More

  • NEC Forecasts $1.3 Billion Loss, Ready To Cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide

    NEC Forecasts $1.3 Billion Loss, Ready To Cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide

    Bad news from Japanese tech powerhouse NEC: the company yesterday announced [PDF] a net loss of $1.13 billion in the three months through December 2011, compared with a net loss of “just” US$350 million in the same time frame last fiscal. NEC said it wrote down its deferred tax assets. For the three-month period, revenue dropped from $9.3 billion to $8.7 billion year-on-year. For… Read More

  • Disney, Q-pot Choco, Honey Bee: Japan Gets 3 Extra-Cute Android Phones

    Disney, Q-pot Choco, Honey Bee: Japan Gets 3 Extra-Cute Android Phones

    Android adoption is growing rapidly in Japan, with local handset manufacturers doing everything they can in order to meet the demands of customers in all segments of the population. One particularly attractive target group seems to be women, given how many Japanese companies say they design Android phones specifically for female users. Here are three recent examples. Read More

  • BookPlace DB50: Toshiba Introduces Android-Based Color E-Book Reader

    BookPlace DB50: Toshiba Introduces Android-Based Color E-Book Reader

    Following Fujitsu, another Japanese electronics maker is ready to sell color e-book readers: Toshiba announced [JP] the so-called BookPlace DB50 today, a 7-Inch device that comes with direct access to big T’s BookPlace store (which currently offers around 43,000 different Japanese e-books and magazines). Toshiba says they plan to expand the range of available titles to 100,000 by March… Read More

  • Nintendo Reports US$630 Million Net Loss Between April And December 2011, Announces Wii U For 2012

    Nintendo Reports US$630 Million Net Loss Between April And December 2011, Announces Wii U For 2012

    3DS sales have picked up lately, but Nintendo‘s financial numbers are still weak. Big N today released [PDF] another set of disappointing results for the first nine months of its fiscal year (April to December 2011). The company lost a whopping US$630 million, compared with a profit of US$635 million in the same time frame last fiscal. Sales were down 31.2% year-on-year to US$7.2 billion. Read More

  • Japan’s NICT Creates Quantum Dots To Boost Optic Fiber Bandwidth By 7-10 Times, Shoot High-Res Pictures Of Molecules (Video)

    Japan’s NICT Creates Quantum Dots To Boost Optic Fiber Bandwidth By 7-10 Times, Shoot High-Res Pictures Of Molecules (Video)

    A team of researchers at the Photonic Network Research Institute of Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has developed a new light source technology that might pave the way to some pretty spectacular applications in the future. The core piece of the technology are “high-quality” quantum dots, tiny nano particles, that boast higher… Read More

  • The Nikkei: Sony Interested In Buying A 20%-30% Stake In Olympus

    The Nikkei: Sony Interested In Buying A 20%-30% Stake In Olympus

    More news on the Sony–Olympus alliance that’s supposed to be announced soon: Japan’s biggest business daily The Nikkei is reporting today that big S is interested in purchasing a stake as large as “20%-30%” in its potential, scandal–hit partner (that would be up from the 0.03% Sony currently owns). The capital and business alliance would be mainly aimed… Read More

  • Report: Olympus In Final Stages Of Negotiations To Partner With Sony

    Report: Olympus In Final Stages Of Negotiations To Partner With Sony

    It would be a tie-up between two giants: Diamond Weekly, a major Japanese business journal, is reporting [JP] on its website today that scandal-hit Olympus is about to ink a capital and business alliance deal with Sony. Olympus has been under fire for months, after it was revealed the company has covered up large losses for the past 20 years. At some point, Olympus was in danger of getting… Read More

  • Hitachi And Mitsubishi Stop Domestic Production Of TVs, Optical Discs

    Hitachi And Mitsubishi Stop Domestic Production Of TVs, Optical Discs

    Two big Japanese electronics companies, namely Hitachi and Mitsubishi, are to stop producing parts of their product portfolio domestically: Hitachi announced [JP] it will end production of plasma and LCD TVs in Japan, marketed under the Wooo brand, by September this year. The company owns a plant in Gifu prefecture in central Japan that churns out about 100,000 TVs per month (pictured: a… Read More

  • Snake Camouflage: Japan Gets Exclusive Metal Gear Solid 3DS System

    Snake Camouflage: Japan Gets Exclusive Metal Gear Solid 3DS System

    Resident Evil isn’t the only big video game series that made the news in Nippon today: Konami announced [JP] the so-called METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D PREMIUM PACKAGE for the Japanese market. The set includes a special 3DS system, a copy of Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, and two clear files in MGS design. Here’s the so-called “Snake Camouflage”-style… Read More

  • Capcom Announces Surprising November Release For Resident Evil 6 (First Trailer)

    Capcom Announces Surprising November Release For Resident Evil 6 (First Trailer)

    One of the world’s biggest video game franchises is getting a new title: Capcom today announced Resident Evil 6 [JP] for the Xbox 360, Sony PS3, and the PC. What’s interesting is that the company also said when exactly the game will come out, namely on November 20 in North America and Europe, and two days later in Japan. Note that the release dates are for the console versions, the… Read More

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