Nov 25, 2013

[The Bridge] Japan’s Meetrip acquired by social game developer Donuts, relocates to Bangkok

Meetrip is a service that gives you a chance to discover authentic travel experiences arranged by locals in 14 cities across Asia. Tokyo-based Duckdive, the startup behind the service, announced today that it is to be acquired by Tokyo-based social gaming developer Donuts for a undisclosed sum. The latter previously acquired Social Lunch, a website that helps students find jobs. 
Coinciding with this announcement, the startup revealed that it will relocate its base from Tokyo to Bangkok, where the gaming company has a development center. The startup was launched back in June by Takashi Kiyama and his co-founder Nobuhiro Ariyasu, who recently sold private lesson portal Cyta.jp to Cookpad for over 1 billion yen. ...
The Bridge 11/5/2013 [en]

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  • As in the article, the social game developer acquired Social Lunch last year which is also non-gaming service. Diversifying service lines is its strategy, which is not so common for game developers.
  • http://meetrip.to/

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