Hacker News Tokyo Japan Meetup #3 – Friday 13th of August

At MakeLeaps, in addition to creating small business software, we also organise events catering to the Hacker News community (run by Y Combinator, an entry-stage Venture Capital firm based out of San Francisco).

These Tokyo events are popular with people interested in business and technology, local small business owners, startup founders, and people thinking of building startups.

If you’d like to come to this event, please make sure you’re registered on Hacker News, and follow the below instructions. This time we also have limited attendance, so please confirm early.

UPDATE : If you’re planning on coming, please make sure your name is on the list below. Address, time, and details will be emailed to everyone on the list.

We’re pleased to announce we’re organising another HN Tokyo Meetup on Friday the 13th of August.

This event will follow a similar un-structured, ‘mixer’ format as the last one. As before, If you’d like to come along, please contact me at jason@makeleaps.com. Please provide a 1 sentence profile on yourself, your HN username, and let me know if you don’t want it on this blog entry. You will then receive information about the venue and time.


This post will be updated as people confirm attendance. Here is a list of people currently confirmed to attend :

  • Paul Oswald (po on HN) and Jason Winder (jason_tko on HN) – Co-founders of MakeLeaps
  • Patrick McKenzie (patio11 on HN) sells Bingo Card Creator full-time as of April (http://www.bingocardcreator.com), with other products on the way.
  • Kiko (kikofx on HN) Freelancing web design and development with Ruby and various OSS. http://google.com/profiles/kikofx
  • Michael Fellinger (manveru on HN) I’m an Austrian, in love with Ruby and other shiny new things, living and working in Japan since ’05.
  • Don Werve (donw on HN) – Co-founder of Mad Wombat Software, and hacker of things Ruby, Lisp, and C.
  • Chris Clearfield ClearF on HN – Works full-time in Tokyo in finance, but is thinking about a startup on the side.
  • Fredrik Olsen (ique on HN) Swedish Engineering Physics student who likes to code, works with Rails, arranges puzzle-hunts and is currently on a sabbatical to study Japanese.
  • Adam (thegeezer3 on HN) School Teacher and Rails Bedroom Coder testing out a couple of business ideas.
  • Stuart Woodward (stuartcw on HN) – Working in IT in Japan since 1989. Thinking in Python since 1997.
  • Aaron Foo (pheon on HN) – Curator of bits.
  • Curt Sampson (cjs on HN) – Rocket scientist hacker and consultant.
  • Paul McMahon (pwim on HN) Founder of mobalean – a Tokyo based consultancy specializing in web development for Japanese phones.
  • Seth DeLackner (delackner on HN) Plato KK R&D. Small Japanese software vendor with our fingers in lots of different markets, today focused on iPhone, iPad, Nintendo DS, PC, Mac.
  • Timothy Langley – General Counsel at Triadd Software, k.k., formerly top lawyer at Apple Computer Japan and top legal guy at General Motors Asia Pacific.
  • Jason Ball (gpj on HN) – Australian, living in Tokyo for 7years, open to help and always ‘Connecting GoodPeople’.
  • Bjoern Rennhak (Bjoern on HN) – PhD student (Computer Vision and Robotics, University of Tokyo) currently in the process of creating his own startup.
  • ..please email to confirm attendance

Please let me know if there are any errors or alterations in your name or profile.


The venue is in Naka Meguro, at the room pictured below (bring your own champagne).

All details will be mailed to people on the above list.


The event will be from 6pm to 9pm, with an after-party at a local bar.

Food and Drinks

We will also be organising a caterer to provide everyone with food and drinks.

Make Sure To Register

We don’t want to have to turn away people who have not registered, so if you’re a Hacker News reader and you would like to come, please make certain you’ve followed the above instructions and booked in advance. There will be a 2,500 yen fee to cover the food and drinks.

Hope to see you there!

For comments, please check the HN thread, at : http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1585029

Jay Winder

Jay Winder is the Australian Co-Founder of MakeLeaps. Jason came to Japan in 2001 to study martial arts, set up his first business called Webnet IT in 2003, and set up MakeLeaps in 2010 with the vision of unlocking the potential of freelancers and businesses in Japan with clean and powerful software. If you like, follow me on Twitter.

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