MakeLeaps ACCJ Speech – “How To Fund a Company Without Investors or Capital”

On the 4th of October, Paul and I went to the American Chamber of Commerce Japan (ACCJ) office to do a speech titled “How to Fund a Company Without Investors or Capital”.

We were invited by Doug Jackson of, who hosts the ACCJ Independent Business Committee.

When we arrived to do early setup, we were informed that the event had completely booked out, so we got to do the presentation to a full room.

Here was the overview :

In 2003, Jason Winder started up an IT infrastructure services company in Japan called Webnet IT with just one customer, no capital, and no employees. Webnet IT has since grown into a bustling IT services firm serving foreign companies all over the country.

While building Webnet IT, Jason began designing software systems to automate labor-intensive bottlenecks, enabling Webnet IT to maintain high service levels during growth periods, automate invoicing and payroll, understand project profitability in real time, and comprehend critical data about customers, employees and accounting.

Customers started asking him to develop similar solutions for them. So Paul Oswald and Jason formed a new company called MakeLeaps. Paul’s extensive software background ranges from small businesses to enterprise firms, and most recently worked as lead architect for over thirty developers at Sony Music in New York.

Jason and Paul have a unique strategy of running MakeLeaps that requires no investors or even starting capital, and is guaranteed to solve business problems for company owners. Come along to hear the full details of how they’re doing this, and how you can as well, along with some bonus bootstrapping tips.

We meet a lot of great people, and we had a lot of fun doing the speech.

Big thanks go out to the ACCJ and Doug Jackson who invited us along.


Caroline Pover

Hi Jason!

Just a quick note to say great talk last night ….. I’ll write it up on my blog.

See you soon!


Caroline Pover’s Blog Writeup

Don’t forget to check out Caroline’s website, and her new Ask Caroline book series for Japanese women.

Kevin Ing

Hi, Jason. Thanks for the presentation yesterday. It was very informative and inspirational. I was particularly interested in your unique model for doing business.

Kevin Ing

Steven Bleistein

Hi Jason,

I was at your speech yesterday, and was blown away by the value of MakeLeaps. You’ve really hit the right spot for service business owners with a practical solution designed for managers as opposed to the financial accounting packages that dominate this space, and at a mere fraction of the cost of developing an in-house solution. I have no hesitation recommending MakeLeaps to my clients.

Best regards,

Dr. Steven Bleistein, Int’l MBA


Promise Point Co., Ltd.

Jeff Graves


A real pleasure meeting you at your ACCJ presentation last week. Your enthusiasm is very infectious and inspirational. Let’s keep in touch.

Jeff Graves

Feedback from the ACCJ Business Forum

  • “Interesting topic. Easy to network with people during the initial half-hour.”
  • “Excellent speaker. Good and inexpensive food. Good networking.”
  • “Inspiring Speaker.”
  • “The speaker was informed and animated, and wove the specifics of his business into a practical presentation on the topic. Great Q&A as well.”

If you were at the speech, it would be great to hear your comments too. Please email me at

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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This article has 2 comments

  1. I’m very interested in how you started up Webnet IT and what you’re doing with makeleaps, are you going to have a writeup of the speech?

  2. Hi Lee,

    Sorry for the late reply mate, I just saw your comment.

    Sure, I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. No write up of the speech is currently planned, but I’m likely going to be doing a similar speech in the next few months in Tokyo, and I’ll try to get some more detail up about it then.

    Please feel free to drop me a line directly (you know my details), or ask away on this blog thread.

    Warm Regards