Hacker News Tokyo Japan Meetup #5 – Friday 4th of February

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.

We’re pleased to announce we’re organising another HN Tokyo Meetup on Friday the 4th of February.


This event will follow a similar un-structured, ‘mixer’ format as the last one. As before, If you’d like to come along, please:

  1. register at http://hntokyo.doorkeeper.jp/ and then,
  2. email hn-meetup@makeleaps.com with a 1 sentence profile on yourself, your HN username, and let us know if you don’t want it on this blog entry.

You will then receive information about the venue and time.

PLEASE NOTE : The act of registering does not guarantee a place at the HN event, as we have limited space. Please await email confirmation of your registration.


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.
  • Adam (thegeezer3 on HN) – School Teacher and Rails Bedroom Coder testing out a couple of business ideas.
  • Michael Reinsch (mreinsch on HN) –  Founder of mobalean (http://www.mobalean.com) – a Tokyo based consultancy specializing in web development for Japanese phones.
  • Timothy Langley (timothylangley on HN) – General Counsel at Triadd Software, k.k., formerly top lawyer at Apple Computer Japan and top legal guy at General Motors Asia Pacific.
  • Jed Schmidt (jedschmidt on HN) – Freelance translator and hobbyist javascripter.
  • Fredrik Olsen (ique on HN) – Swedish physics student in Japan to study Japanese.
  • Takara Swoopes Bullock (Swoopey on HN) – Former web services and online media headhunter turned start-up founder of http://hitchddesign.com (HTML5 Based Stationery Creator and Community for To-Be-Weds.) Based in Tokyo.
  • Darren Willis (darren_ on HN) – Security researcher and software engineer.
  • Daniel Silva (aphexairlines on HN) – Amazon mobile developer interested in the Tokyo tech/startup scene and new technology, especially mobile, systems, & dev tools.
  • Don Werve (donw on HN) – Co-founder of Mad Wombat Software, and hacker of things Ruby, Lisp, and C.
  • Curt Sampson (cjs on HN) – Rocket scientist hacker and consultant.
  • Stuart Woodward (stuartcw on HN) – Working in IT in Japan since 1989. Thinking in Python since 1997.
  • Alfredo de Almeida (reddealmeida on HN) – Director for web and social strategy at Aegis Media Japan
  • Chris Horsley (chorsley on HN) – Infosec guy, working in Tokyo who wants to learn more about building startups
  • Florian von Bock (fvbock on HN) – Database and network programmer
  • Joe Adkins (joe_adk on HN) – Application Developer
  • Yuta Okazaki (kenzan100 on HN) – Creating 2nd startup, “Ebisu Message”

This list will be updated as people register. Please let me know if there are any errors or alterations in your name or profile.


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.

Please only register if you’re certain you are coming. We order food and drinks based on the number of registered people.

There will be a 2,500 yen fee to cover the food and drinks.

Hope to see you there!

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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