London-based m8 Capital, ASAHI lead seed round for Japan’s Fuller


London-based mobile technology investor m8 Capital and Tokyo-based internet service provider ASAHI Net have led a JPY100m ($1.2m) seed round for Fuller, a Japanese technology start-up.

Based in a house in Tsukuba’s Science City in Japan, Fuller is a next-generation mobile software development company founded in November 2011.

The companies’ founders met at the University of Tsukuba, one of Japan’s leading Universities, who have since built an impressive team of Japan’s leading young developers.

The team has previously launched products in social media and app discovery.

Fuller said it will use the new funding to continue its mission of rethinking the way users deal with mobile utilities, making them faster, smarter and easier.

The company is currently focusing heavily on phone optimisation technology and will launch their first android application outside of Japan in the first quarter of 2013.

The app, which has already launched in Japan to critical acclaim, allows the user to monitor and improve the ‘health’ of their phone using an avatar-based UI.

“Fuller is straight out of the movie, The Social Network. But instead of Palo Alto, it’s Tsukuba,” Joseph Kim, a general partner at m8 Capital, said in a statement.

“The team at Fuller is working to make apps that enhance the smartphone experience. We’re excited to be part of their exciting efforts.”

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