Tech Innovators 2015: Coolio

Coolio is one of our top 20 tech innovators for 2015

Coolio is one of our top 20 tech innovators for 2015


Presenter: Shin Um

Job title: co-founder

Based in: Seoul, South Korea

Founded in: 2015

No. of Employees: 8

Shin Um

Shin Um lived in Japan as adolescence and started coding when he was 9; which was an influence from his uncle. He started his career as system developer for electronic center in Japan and experienced various industries after. Before he found coolio, he met his partner while serving in HQ of US forces Korea where he ETSed as a sergeant.

Recent Milestones

  • Received 600k as government grants from South Korean government.
  • Established marketing channel for China, Japan and Thailand.

Upcoming Milestones

  • Launch of android app for mobile phones
  • Localization in Thai, Japanese and English

Background Profile

Receiving $600k from government, Coolio is a prominent start-up located in the heart of Korean science city, Daejeon. With industry leading technology, social taste engine, it focuses on analyzing social data to provide quality information to the users.

By allowing users to be able to search and to be curated from the data that’s generated by users, it focuses on ameliorate the data acquisition process in everyday life.

Recent Technology

By analyzing The social data(rating/reviews, comments, SNS data), Coolio cognizes emotion/characteristic/subject and etc of the social data. Based upon this data, we provide personalized search technology via query expansion and search result re-rank approach and curate via collaborative filtering and content-based filtering. This allows us to provide the most appropriate contents to the users.


  • Ministry of Science ICT and future planning Grants (South Korea)

Contact details

Postal address: 11-205, ETRI, Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Korea

Tel: +82-2-3472-5222


Website: n/a

Praseeda Nair

Praseeda Nair

Praseeda was Editor for from 2016 to 2018.

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