This article showcases our top picks for the best South Korea based Content & Publishing companies. These startups and companies operate a variety of Content & Publishing solutions. We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands. Regardless, they are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top South Korea Content & Publishing Companies
MX Player is a powerful video player with advanced hardware acceleration and subtitle support. MX Player developed by J2 Interactive.
MXPlayer offers offline video viewing capabilities and begins to allow users stream exclusive content as an OTT platform. MXPlayer is the largest local video platform in the world with an installed base of 500+ million worldwide, with 350+ million in India and has consistently ranked amongst the top 10 Android apps since 2012..
Asian Boss is a new media company that delivers the latest social news and cultural trends from all over Asia. Through its reporting format optimized for mobile devices and original street interviews, Asian Boss is developing innovative news format that delivers diverse social issues and people’s thoughts on them.
Asian Boss currently has over 400,000 subscribers and followers, and is being watched by more than 6 million monthly viewers from over 190 different countries.. .
Dunamu (두나무) is the developer of News Mate, a mobile application that provides soft copies of newspapers and magazines published in Korea. Its media list includes newspapers and magazines such as Chosun Ilbo, Hankyoreh Newspaper, OhmyNews, Dong-A Ilbo, Byuaen News, Korea Times, Money Today, Pressian, Economic Daily, Korea Economic SBS, and other publicatons.
Dunamu was launched in April 2012 in Seoul, Korea.. .
WATCHA – Launched in AUG 2012, it quickly became Korea’s favorite movie review app – Its core competency lies in personalized recommendation technology – once users rate movie, WATCHA predicts how they will like movies they haven’t yet seen – Now provides the widest and most accurate movie, TV show and book reviews – Launched in Japan in 2015 WATCHA PLAY – Launched in JAN 2016 – Subscription VOD service for movie and TV series available on multiple devices including Web, iOS/Android mobile and tablet, Samsung/LG Smart TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV – Provides extremely accurate personalized content recommendation, powered by WATCHA – 75% of content consumed based on recommendations Comment by Apple, App Store Editor Team “Thanks to its large volume of reliable review data collected from users, WATCHA PLAY can recommend contents that perfectly satisfy my taste. Please don’t waste your time in choosing what to watch.
Trust WATCHA PLAY and Enjoy tonight”. .
Snow is the developer and operator of the selfie pic and video app SNOW, featuring face recognition-enabled stickers and GIF-enabled chat functionality. With SNOW, users pick from over 700 stickers and 30 types of filters to liven up their photos and videos, then send the finished product to their friends or post them within the SNOW app to give their friends a peek into what they are up to now.
User numbers have been growing steadily since the app first launched in Korea, with service being expanded to Japan and China in November 2015 and February 2016, respectively. In Japan, the number of users has been growing rapidly, and the app has been ranked as No.1 in both iOS App Store’s free app Photo & Video category and Google Play’s Photography category..
RIDI Corporation is South Korea’s leading e-reading services company, headquartered in Seoul. Eyeing remarkable success for the innovation of reading experiences, the company operates Ridibooks e-book store and provides PAPER PRO.
Ridibooks provides the highest quality of reading experience through e-book viewer applications, with a wide selection of e-book contents. The service is available for Ridibooks PAPER PRO (self-developed e-ink reader), iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS X.
Ridibooks now serves more than 2.77 million users and more than 1,620,000 e-book titles until today. PAPER PRO, developed by RIDI Corporation and released in December 2017, is Korea’s first 7.8-inch e-reader.
PAPER PRO’s size is optimized for reading, and features an e-ink display that resembles paper books.. .
SmartStudy is a global entertainment company for kids. We apply advanced technology to produce and provide well-made content for kids around the world.
Through our brand Pinkfong, we make fun content that kids love that can also help them learn about the world. As of Dec.
2017, more than 4,000 Pinkfong songs, stories and games are available on 125 mobile apps, YouTube and Amazon Video. Our 125 apps have been downloaded 150 million times across 164 countries.
Our five YouTube channels available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, have cumulative views of 5 billion. We were also the Winner of YouTube’s Gold Play Button & Amazon Video Direct Star, Google Play’s Best Family App of 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
We also develop mobile games for all age groups. In our latest RPG Monster Super League, players collect and train monsters known as Astromon to save the world of Latecia from the forces of chao in a role-playing adventure.
It was selected as the Winner of Google Play’s Best Game of 2016, Hot Issue Category. With our headquarter office in Seoul, we also have offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai..
GAMEVIL® is a premier mobile game publisher located in Seoul, Korea with branches in Los Angeles, CA in the US and Tokyo, Japan. Established in 2000, GAMEVIL has earned a reputation as one of the best companies in the mobile games sector by crafting award winners in a diverse portfolio of games.
GAMEVIL is well known for revolutionizing the sector with its original and innovative mobile games, backed by unparalleled expertise in advanced mobile technology. As a world class leader in mobile games publishing, GAMEVIL continues to lead the sector with a commitment to establish mobile as the definitive mass market entertainment platform of the world.
GAMEVIL is currently listed on the KOSDAQ Market (Ticker: 063080, Bloomberg: 063080:KS, Reuters: 063080.KQ).. .
Founded in 2014, Minkonet’s mission is to change the way we watch and play video games. Based in Seoul and Los Angeles, Minkonet has developed a proprietary 3D replay technology system for gaming, streaming content, and 5G eSports.
Our innovative technology will be able to unleash new content never seen or experienced before during gameplay and advance the quality and entertainment of live streaming & eSports to a whole new level. Minkonet is comprised of some of the leading computer science & engineering developers around the world and backed by notable Accelerators including Bluepoint Partners, Kite Foundation, and Evergreen Investment Partners.
We are excited to continue our passion for connecting the gaming experience to worldwide audiences and revolutionizing video content and cloud gaming for gamers. .
BCNX provides a blog and a marketing platform. It provides a marketing platform for campaigns and blogs.
It manages ServiceWith Blog, which provides blog marketing services. It currently has 15 million registered bloggers and over 500 campaigns per month.
Users are able to access functions such as simple blog marketing to expand the concept of market commerce. BCNX has received investment from Altos Ventures, Coolidge Corner Investment, and Venture Capital Company..
Books collected in bookoob can be borrowed by courier service for up to 25 books for 60 days anywhere in the country. Not only by providing library shelves as a space for individuals to keep their books and but also by managing books professionally, it has become a very useful service for book lovers who feel the burden of space due to many books.
It is also impressive that it solves problems that the existing library has not solved. Regardless of offline accessibility, you can easily access and read the books you want via online library system, and there are enough books to borrow and read regardless of the budget size of the library..
Bookjam (북잼) is a publisher portal of e-books based in Seoul, Korea. It offers users with most popular e-books that can be downloaded to iPhone, iPad, Android, Tab, and other smart phones.
Bookjam was launched on March 10, 2011, in Seoul, Korea.. .
Brave Company is an internet publishing company. Well, the lusts, but not the burdens of the ZZP existence.
BraveCompany is for self-employed people who want to do more and manage less. Are you in paid employment and do you doubt whether you dare to make the leap? Even then, BraveCompany offers a warm bath with ‘colleagues’ that you have gone for, a network with potential assignments and invoicing services.
BraveCompany is for successful professionals who are or want to become independent. What can we mean for each other? We share knowledge, trends and help with professional issues.
And all that in the atmosphere of a home port. So you benefit from the benefits of experienced colleagues.
Do you see any more possibilities with your current client to do work, or do you regularly refer projects to colleagues? We offer the framework to seize these opportunities and also be rewarded for your talent as a matchmaker.. .
Planet8 is an internet startup incubator based in Korea, and is also focused on providing internet and software solutions to its customers. As a startup incubator, Planet8 is engaged on incubating startups in the fashion, design, art, and technology sectors in Asia.
The company’s first startup company Qustreet is an online popup store that is built by Planet8’s responsive web platform in 2013. Planet8 offers e-Commerce solutions, responsive website development, Word Press plug-in development, and mobile development solutions.
Planet8 was established in September 2012.. .
Polygon Games is a Korean game developer that serves the needs of the global markets. The company has developed ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds, an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
It was launched in 2008 and is based in Seoul, Seoul-t’ukpyolsi.. .
Peeper is a Star-Fan Q&A platform. “Fans ask, Star answers.” On Peeper, The fans can ask a question to their favorite star and can get an answer from the star.
If a question gather more than 10,000 fans wants, Stars do answers with Voice and Pictures. Peeper is a Q&A based interactive social media platform between stars and fans.
Peeper was developed to solve the limitations of the one-way communication between star and fans in the existing social media like Instagram and Twitter. The existing social media is being used as a tool to show off the nice selfies of the stars, and fans had to just tap “Like” or leave comments like “Love it”.
Still it remains one-sided form to get the fan’s reaction. On Peeper, the fans can ask questions to the star in the ‘Ask’ tab of star’s Peeper account.
Stars will answer questions that are asked by a lot of fans by showing something that fans want to see or even answer questions via voice messages. The star’s answer is provided with the star’s own photo and the voice message recorded by the star him/herself, so it provides a much more special experience to the fans both at home and abroad.
Also It enables direct interaction between the star and the fans.. .
i-ePUB (아이이펍) is a Korean-based company focused on providing digital content publishing and e-book publishing services to its customers. The company offers total publishing services including planning, production, publication, and the distribution of e-books in HTML format.
i-ePUB offers its e-book services to major publishers including Samsung Mobiles. i-ePUB won the “Innovation Award” from the Korea Electronic Publishing Association in December 2011.
i-ePUB was established in October 2011.. .
Ibuildea (아이빌디어) provides 3D printing solutions. It is also engaged in manufacturing and distribution of equipment required for 3D printing.
Meanwhile, it provides 3D printing solutions through the mode of e-commerce as well as platform services. The Small and Medium Business Administration invested in Ibuldea in 2014.
Ibuildea was established on December 25, 2013. It is based in Seoul, Korea..
Crzyfish (크레이지피쉬) offers an entertainment and social gaming platform for professional games publishers operating social games all over the world, such as Cyworld, Naver, and Daum. In addition to the gaming platform and other related services, Crzyfish maintains partnerships with other domestic and overseas social game developers to provide a more satisfactory user experience.
Crzyfish was established on October 26, 2009.. .
RacoonSoft is a group of creative minds whom craving for luxury enjoyment and fun. Their goal is to become a friend to people all over the world presenting happiness through their games.
Cute and adorable looking Racoon is their friendly mascot Racooni, who is acting as a connection between game users and RacoonSoft. Come and join the Exciting play of RacoonSoft!.
They started a whole new way to create stories and opened it up to anyone with a story to tell. They are home to thousands of creator-owned content with amazing, diverse visions from all over the world.
Get in on the latest original romance, comedy, action, fantasy, horror, and more from big names and big names to be – made just for WEBTOON.. .
DancingAnchovy is a Korean global game developer and publisher for mobile platforms established in 2011. It is composed of like-minded game designers and programmers.
Team Monster is one of the latest games developed by DancingAnchovy. It is described as a revolutionary game where real-time action, role-playing, and social network game elements are seamlessly fused..
Ideabove provides music-based platform and social networking services. It offers a platform known as ServiceSwizzle, enabling users to creat playlists, share playlists and communicate with friends through a social music network service.
It was established on May 1, 2012, based in Seoul, Korea.. .
The Korea Herald
The Korea Herald is an English newspaper that covers news content on politics, social affairs, business, science, education, sports, entertainment, culture, travel, fashion, health, and more. It also features editorials and opinion pieces.
The newspaper’s official website and Android and iOS apps feature the same content, along with videos and images. The Korea Herald was launched in 1953 and is published in Seoul, Korea..
AfreecaTV is a live streaming social media platform that anyone from anywhere can use to broadcast live. Users can watch, broadcast, and interact live via PC or mobile devices (The world’s first dedicated technology).
Since 2006, their service in South Korea has reached 25 million users who tune into an average of 7,500 live channels. They have expanded to Japan, Taiwan, and now in 2015 to North America..
Edaily is an online web and mobile application that provides fast and accurate news and information services for its viewers. The application offers Edaily news, Edaily live TV and VOD, Edaily star in and photos, and a wide range of content and services which contains, stock quotes, forex, bonds, and foreign indices, commodities, such as gifts.
Edaily is also capable of accessing diverse investment advices. It was launched in 2008 and is based in Seoul..
The Korea Times is the oldest independent English daily newspaper in Korea, which has served as Korea’s bridge to the world since November 1, 1950. Published by one of the largest-circulation newspaper companies in Korea, the Hankook Ilbo, the newspaper provides in-depth stories about past and present events in Korea as well as a look into the country’s future.
The newspaper caters a range of readers such as Koreans, foreign businessmen, diplomats and tourists with its constructive, well-balanced coverage ranging from socio-politics, economics and culture to sports. The Korea Times, which has a strong thread of continuity in Korea’s economic development keeping the foreign community involved in and informed about the rapid changes occurring in the country, is now available in more than 160 countries across the globe.
The Korea Times is based in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea, and is available in the digital format under the URL: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr.. .
Pandora TV is a User Generated Content based video portal and personal broadcasting service offering VOD and live video streaming for anybody in the world. Founded in October 2004, Pandora TV is a leading player in Korean video space.
The service offers unlimited upload size and storage space, Open API for standard video platform, personalized broadcasting station with individual user’s own Channel and international search that gathers related videos all around the world and shows. Pandora TV raised over $16000000 million from Silicon Valley venture capitals—one lead by Altos Ventures and another by DCM—in two consecutive funding rounds in 2006 and 2007, which is the largest foreign investment made on Korean Internet start-ups.
In 2007, Pandora TV won the award of Red Herring Asia 100 and Red Herring Global 100. Pandora TV newly launched a global service for all international users on April, 2008.
Pandora TV also plans to launch video services across all devices and platforms in near future. Expect to meet us anywhere ranging from IPTV to PDA..
Aju News Corporation
Aju News is a global business newspaper in Korea that offers news coverage on world issues, politics, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, health, leisure, and more. It is available in Korean, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese.
Aju News was launched in 2007 and its operations are based in Seoul, Korea.. .
Daum Kakao Corp. primarily operates mobile platforms in South Korea.
The company offers web-based mail services through messaging applications; Daum Search, a search platform that provides search services for mobile and web users; and Daum Maps and KakaoPlace, a location information platform that offers a range of map services. The company also operates media and content platforms that offer lifestyle content and services encompassing music, real estate, movies, books, and kids content as well as mobile content platforms to provide information and content to its users; and KakaoGame, a mobile social gaming platform.
In addition, the company provides web-based services; advertisements that integrate online and offline promotions using digital signage; voice recognition software; online mobile game development and publishing services; social services; and mobile advertising solutions. Daum Kakao Corp.
was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Jeju, South Korea.. .
Platum (플래텀) is a Korean technology-driven startup that operates as web platform for sharing technology-related information and news. Established in 2012, Platum introduces various developing businesses and fresh news in mobile, social, and internet.
They also seek for the opportunity to change the world and the possibility of new preparation, challenge, and a leap of development. Further, Platum is a digital media for startups that aim for the mutual exchange of information..
Samsung NewsRoom is the official global blog of Samsung Electronics. It provides its users with information and details about its working environment, culture, employees, products, and more.
It provides its users with information and details related to its management philosophy, human resources policy, corporate social responsibilities, and other relevant articles under its culture and work environment information. It is focused on providing its users with information related to its products which include digital appliances, digital imaging, IT solutions, LCD, mobile, networking, semiconductors, and visual display.
It introduces its latest products and services, and shares the innovation stories behind each product. In addition, it also enables its users to engage in discussions through its blog.
Users are enabled to share thoughts, reviews, suggestions, and comments that will be received by the corporate communications team that handles the management of the blog. Samsung NewsRoom is operated by the corporate communications team at Samsung Electronics, headquartered in Seoul, Korea..
Yonhap News Agency
Yonhap News Agency provides news articles on politics, economy, society, culture, entertainment, sports, science, and other topics. It is the largest news agency in South Korea.
The company offers news and information on Korean and international affairs to global media organizations in foreign languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, and French. It also provides internet news broadcasting, electronic news, mobile website, news through radio stations, photo news, audio news in foreign languages, financial news, news on overseas Korean diplomatic missions, and news to Korean ships at sea services.
Yonhap News Agency serves newspapers, broadcasting firms, government agencies, business organizations, internet portals, and readers in various parts of the world. Yonhap News Agency was founded in 1980 and is based in Seoul, South Korea..
The Korea Economic Daily
The Korea Economic Daily is the most widely read economic newspaper among the Korean office workers and university students. Their newspaper is highly evaluated given that their news contents satisfy readers of various age spectrum.
Also, the fact that their readers make relatively higher monthly income and many of them actually invest in the stock market makes their newspaper even special. Their subsidiary companies, The Korea Economic TV and Hankyung.com are also leading in their respective markets..
NexStreaming is the leading provider of media players for embedded devices including smartphones, tablet-PCs, and set-top boxes. NexStreaming provides advanced multimedia technology based on extensive experience in the industry, powering more than 250 million device units worldwide with the well-known multimedia player, NexPlayer.
NexStreaming is expanding its business coverage from the embedded to the downloadable sector, supporting not only OEM/ODMs but also service providers (i.e. NexPlayer for HBO GO and Turner).
Broadcasters, cable/satellite TV operators, and telecom companies are integrating the NexStreaming player SDK, NexPlayer, into their multiscreen apps to overcome the strong device fragmentation.. .
Korea Creative Content Agency (kocca) was established on May 7, 2009 to efficiently support the growth of the cultural industry by combining Korea Broadcasting Institute, Korea Culture and Content Agency, Korea Game Industry Agency, Cultural Contents Center, and Digital Contents Business Group of Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency according to Article 31 of the Framework Act on Cultural Industry Promotion. kocca is an agency dedicated to promoting all areas for content.
We established a comprehensive support system to nurture the content industry, and aim to develop Korea as one of the world’s top 5 contents powerhouses. kocca conducts various support businesses to help Korea’s content industry grow into a global leader in the creative economy..
MyDrives offers a storage consolidation service that enables its users to find files across different cloud providers. It integrates with iPhone, Mac, Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook, and Evernote.
The company is based in Seoul, South Korea.. .
IDP, one of the pioneers of ID card printing technology. They have been developing and manufacturing ID card printers since 2005.
We provide quality products with the latest technologies (mechanical, electronic and software) as well as the best technical support and warranties.. .
Newsis is a Korean independent news agency that disseminates breaking news, weather updates, sports information, and entertainment content. It covers news on topics such as politics, economy, society, international, culture and life, and more.
Newsis was founded in 2001 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.. .
10 Media (10미디어) is a Korean magazine published in English as an information source on Korea and its culture. It specifically designed for foreigners who visit or live in Korea.
10 Media magazines provide individuals with comprehensive listings of events to help them experience what the cities have to offer, such as exhibitions, theater, concerts, shopping, festivals, sports, dining, nightlife, and more. Its lifestyle categories include fashion, shopping, health beauty, sports and fitness, travel, and expat life.
10 Media features content based on Korean history, news, and other national interests. It also provides information on major Korean cities such as Seoul, Busan, Gyeongsang, Gyeonggi, Chungcheong, Gangwaon, and others..
BusinessKorea is an English language magazine published monthly in Korea. The magazine offers information related to business, economic, and financial segments in Korea.
It was first published in 1983. Their subscribers and readers include members of the expatriate business and diplomatic community, managers, executives, ministry officials, and others..
Abyz (아비즈) is a Korean technology company offering digital photo book and album creation and printing services. Its online platform has integrated print-on-demand, blogging, and photo calendar development features.
Abyz was the recipient of the Asia-Pacific Digital Printing award for three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012. Abyz was established in November 2009 in Seoul, Korea..
Founded in the wake of the Korean War as “Korea’s Window to the World,” Herald has continued to grow as an innovative information-knowledge company. Its information businesses include newspapers, magazines, television, online and mobile services, while the knowledge businesses offer customized language education via nationwide English villages, language institutes and kindergartens.
During the past decade, in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the Korean media industry, Herald has achieved 7 consecutive years of growth and profitability, a surplus capital structure and healthy labor relations. But they feel that they need to do more.
They wish to continue to grow the Company, but only by doing their part to create a healthier world in which people can live happier lives. So they began to “Reimagine!” the future of Herald with a strengthened focus on people and the environment.
In 2012, Herald Ecochem, an eco-friendly materials producer, and Herald Ecofarm, an organic fruit designer, were launched to reduce their environmental footprint and promote a healthier lifestyle. The initiatives also epitomize Herald’s strenuous effort to become a “Life beyond Media” company..
Arirang TV is an international English-language network based in Seoul, South Korea. The network airs news, cultural programs, educational shows, and documentaries which are designed to give viewers a contemporary, accurate look at Korea, Asia, and the world.
Operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, Arirang broadcasts three channels: Arirang World, Arirang Korea, and Arirang Arab. The network offers subtitles in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Indonesian.
Arirang was founded in 1996.. .
Huvle provides ‘HuvleView’, one of the largest mobile web browsers in South Korea that features ‘Notification-Bar’ service. HuvleView is an innovative platform that enables Apps to get additional ad-revenue & stable operation and meets the need of the high volume of traffic by the global Ad-Tech companies.
We provide tailored browser content by analyzing interests and usage-patterns of users whenever they access HuvleView browser via Notification-Bar so that Ad-Tech companies can spend their ad-budgets effectively. HuvleView, global Ad-Tech companies’ reliable partner, has over 1 billion monthly traffic by the partnerships with +180 Apps.
Headquartered Pangyo, Korean IT industry-focused place, HuvleView is going to break into SSP industry in 2021.. .
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