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Startale Labs Attracts $3.5M Investment from Sony Network Communications, Aiming to Ignite Web3 Mass Adoption

Startale Labs Pte Ltd, a trailblazing company specializing in Web3 technology, has clinched $3.5 million in funding from Sony Network Communications Inc. The funds, raised via a private placement of new shares, stand as a testament to the growing focus on advancing the Web3 sphere globally.

The Web3 tech stalwart Startale Labs, renowned for developing multi-chain applications and infrastructure, is set to join hands with Sony Network Communications. The partnership is built on a shared vision of establishing a global infrastructure that facilitates mass adoption of Web3 technologies.

This development comes after a successful initiative earlier this year when Sony Network Communications, Startale Labs, and Astar Network collaborated to launch a Web3 Incubation Program. The trio merged their resources and know-how to cultivate Web3 projects that centered around the utility of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs).

The influx of funds is earmarked for enhancing Startale Labs’ recruitment activities and continuing its quest to advance the creation of Web3 products and services. As a key player behind Astar Network, Startale Labs brings an impressive portfolio of blockchain technology experience and holds a significant position within the Japanese Web3 industry.

Astar Network, revered as Japan’s leading public blockchain, is popular among developers for its unique funding mechanisms supporting open-source development and its multi-chain smart contracts that encourage an interconnected Web3.

Embracing a mission to develop “Web3 for Billions”, Startale Labs has been instrumental in aiding both users and businesses to adopt blockchain technology in Japan. The existing Web3 ecosystem desperately needs comprehensive tools and infrastructure that allow enterprises to merge with their current tech stack. Despite the presence of niche players like node providers, indexers, and wallets, there still needs to be a gaping hole for an all-in-one solution. Further, the challenge of bridging real-world assets with the Web3 ecosystem persists. Sony Network Communications and Startale Labs intend to work collaboratively to address these hurdles.

As part of this partnership, Jun Watanabe, President, CEO, and Representative Director of Sony Network Communications, has been appointed director at Startale Labs.

An excited Jun Watanabe stated, “I am excited to further strengthen our collaboration with Startale Labs, a company with advanced Web3 technologies and expertise. We have already been cooperating with Startale Labs by jointly hosting incubation programs, aiming to promote the development of Web3. With this capital partnership, we are merging Startale Labs’ knowledge and technical capabilities in Web3 with the experience and business fields cultivated by Sony Network Communications to create the infrastructure necessary to facilitate global Web3 adoption. We believe this partnership will contribute to the creation of new killer Web3 use cases and deliver unprecedented levels of value.

Echoing his sentiment, Sota Watanabe, CEO of Startale Labs, said, “We are honored to enter into this partnership with Sony Network Communications, a company of the Sony Group that is renowned for its achievements across industries including gaming & networking services, music, film, entertainment technologies & service, imaging & sensing solutions and finance. With its wealth of IP and expertise in sectors adjacent to the creator economy, Sony Group has tremendous potential in the Web3 space, and we can’t wait to collaborate on tapping into that. We look forward to collaborating with Sony Network Communications to develop global Web3 infrastructure and creating groundbreaking Web3 use cases.

With its world-class services and a broad spectrum of unique intellectual property, Sony Network Communications has set industry benchmarks. Known for offering advanced infrastructure like the fiber-optic internet service NURO Hikari, the company has been committed to driving human change and enhancing infrastructure within the Internet telecommunications business as part of the giant Sony Group.

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