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This article was published on December 17, 2012


    Japanese phone optimization startup Fuller grabs $1.2m from m8 Capital and ASAHI Net

    Japanese phone optimization startup Fuller grabs $1.2m from m8 Capital and ASAHI Net Image by: DAMIEN MEYER
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    Fuller, the mobile optimization startup based in Japan has nailed down 100 million Yen ($1.2m) in a seed funding.

    The round was led by the UK’s m8 Capital and ASAHI Net, the Japanese Internet and cloud service provider.

    Fuller, describes itself as ‘a next-generation mobile software development company’ and was established in November 2011. The company’s founders met at the University of Tsukuba, and the firm now boasts an all-star team of Japan’s leading young developers.

    Using the cash injection, Fuller will continue to work on rethinking ways to deal with mobile utilities. In other words, the firm finds ways to make phones faster, smarter and easier to use.

    At the moment, the company is working on optimization technology which will be launched as an Android app outside of Japan in early 2013.

    The app is already in use in Japan and it helps users to monitor and improve the ‘health’ of their phone (battery life etc) using an avatar-based UI.

    According to Fuller, the company is “an archetypal tech start-up, whose team work, live, eat, and sleep out of a house in Tsukuba’s Science City”.

    Joseph Kim, General Partner, m8 Capital, commented, “Fuller is straight out of the movie, The Social Network. But instead of Palo Alto, it’s Tsukuba. The team at Fuller is working to make apps that enhance the smartphone experience. We’re excited to be part of their exciting efforts.”

    ➤ Fuller

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