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 FreshEyes.jp, 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.
Just a quick note to say great talk last night ….. I’ll write it up on my blog.
See you soon!
Hi, Jason. Thanks for the presentation yesterday. It was very informative and inspirational. I was particularly interested in your unique model for doing business.
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.
Dr. Steven Bleistein, Int’l MBA
A real pleasure meeting you at your ACCJ presentation last week. Your enthusiasm is very infectious and inspirational. Let’s keep in touch.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.