Four Cool Startups From Korea
I have been in Seoul the last few days as a speaker and a judge at StartupCon 2016. In addition to informative presentations from digital innovators and some amazing musical performances, I’ve viewed about a dozen pitches from Korean founders. These are four of the startups from these pitch sessions that I think have the most potential.
- AKA. Pocket-sized robots are one of the coolest things about how technology is developing in Asia. A fun little humanoid called Musio X is AKA’s entry into this marketplace, promising an “amalgamation of AI communication techniques developed by AKA over the years.”
- Cool Jamm. This young company’s signature app enables users to make professional-sounding music simply by humming their favorite song into their smartphone. Hum On’s focus on augmenting user creativity echoed one of the predominant themes at StartupCon 2016.
- Gaudio Lab. While various players are focusing on the visual components of VR technology, few have paid a lot of attention to the audio portion of this experience. Enter Gaudio, which matches the intensity of sound to the location of the object producing that noise.
- JamEasy. Currently designed for the violin, this small clip-on device uses analyzes sound vibrations to help the teaching process for young musicians. The company is now aiming to develop a similar hardware device for guitars — and eventually other instruments.
My experience in Korea this week has been incredible — great people, great energy and great weather. My only regret is not having more time to explore the city’s landmarks and local culture. I hope to return soon to Seoul to catch up on these aspects of the city — as well as to meet more forward-thinking geeks who are pushing this emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.