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SB 627: Continuation of the Manoa Innovation Center

On behalf of Ikayzo, inc., formerly a Manoa Innovation Center tenant, I respectfully submit testimony in STRONG SUPPORT of SB 627, the ten year extension of HTDC's land lease agreement with the University of Hawaii that facilitates uninterrupted operation of the Manoa Innovation Center.

The center played a critical role in the formation and scaling of both Ikayzo and Contix. In…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments


I've tried to stay out of this fray, but having received a number of inquiries, and having seen some friends affected by the collateral damage, I'm going to briefly comment on the situation.

I want mbloom to succeed. They have substantial capital to deploy in Hawaii, and I want that capital to empower local entreprenuers.

I believe the people at HSDC are true believers and want to do right by our community. They may have made mistakes, but I've spent time with them, and I've…


Added by Daniel Leuck on July 28, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Ban Mobile Devices for Kids Under 12?

(borrowed from a Facebook post and associated thread Mika Leuck shared)

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics…

Added by Daniel Leuck on March 9, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Efficient Knowledge Transfer in Social Graphs: Meet the Flying Gurnard

Last week while strolling down the Ala Wai with my 2yo son we stopped to look at the crabs that collect around the stairs that decend into the canal. I was glancing down at my iPhone when my son suddenly yelled "BIRD FISH!" and started pointing. I looked over and saw this:

In the thousands of hours I've spent walking up…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Facebook: Grow Up

Note: I write this as a fan and frequent user of Facebook. In addition to helping my family stay connected with friends around the world, the site has helped our company find new customers and team members. I wish them well. That being said, there are many areas where FB really needs to get its act together.

Our company does a fair amount of advertising…


Added by Daniel Leuck on November 21, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NYT on Big Data Being an Economic Dud

My friend Ken Berkun recently sent me a link to a NYT article that was more amusing than anything I've seen in The Onion. Mr. Glanz inquires, "…


Added by Daniel Leuck on August 19, 2013 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

The Changing Face of Software Development in Japan

Our Night Out with Heroku Japan & Friends

During our trip to Japan last month we got to enjoy an evening out with the Heroku team. We've enjoyed using their platform for years across many projects, so it was good…


Added by Daniel Leuck on April 17, 2013 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

March 2013 Newsletter

Aloha TechHuians,

I'm sending the March newsletter a few days early to make you aware of a number of interesting upcoming events as well as imminent committee votes on key bills that affect the Hawaii tech community.



March 2 from 8am-4pm at Windward Community…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 26, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

TechHui in 2013: 3,000 Strong and Counting

We enter the new year with over 3,000 members, a full event schedule, a newly reinvigorated blog, active job boards and plenty of great discussion about everything from…


Added by Daniel Leuck on January 18, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Is Google Stifling Innovation?

Should US and EU regulators step in to curb the search giant's influence? 

In one of the worst editorials on CNN this year Andrew Keen, a man who once compared the social web to a "communist…


Added by Daniel Leuck on December 7, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

A New Hawaii Accelerator: Blue Startups

Henk Rogers has launched a new Hawaii-based venture accelerator called Blue Startups focusing on capital-efficient and scalable-technology companies, including Internet, software, mobile, gaming and e-commerce. They are also interested in tech companies selling into Asian markets.

I'm excited to see Henk and friends making this sort of investment in our…


Added by Daniel Leuck on November 21, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Building a Tech Company in Hawaii

When Mika and I started Ikayzo seven years ago I got everything wrong. Because I enjoyed a good relationship with my previous two employers I was confident they would become my first customers. Surely I could easily sell to local companies as well. Although we were a new company, I had a solid software development resume and some experience with business development. I thought recruiting would be easy because we could offer the ability to do interesting work in paradise. I…


Added by Daniel Leuck on September 17, 2012 at 4:30pm — 13 Comments

Graduating from the Manoa Innovation Center

It was with a heavy heart that we gave notice to our friends at the Manoa Innovation Center yesterday. Its time for Ikayzo to graduate to a larger commercial space. We are excited about having a new office, but we will miss the MIC community and our corporate home tucked away in beautiful Manoa valley.

Ikayzo has been at the …


Added by Daniel Leuck on August 31, 2012 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

April Newsletter

Aloha TechHuians,

Apologies for being a bit late this month. I just returned from New York and I'm prepping to leave for Tokyo in a couple days. I'm getting too old for this :-)

This month we had some excellent blog posts including:


Added by Daniel Leuck on April 4, 2012 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

WebKit, Mozilla & IE: Please Support the Dart VM

For the past week I've been experimenting with writing a Flex/WPF/Swing-like widget framework on top of HTML5 using Dart. Dart is what I've always wanted for client-side web programming. Its a class-based optionally typed programming language that is, in the words of Dart team member Lars Bak, "high performance, structured yet flexible, familiar and natural." Anyone who knows…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 9, 2012 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Hawaii Lawmakers' Assault on Web Privacy

As I write this HB 2288, which requires anyone providing internet connectivity to keep detailed records of users' browsing history, is being heard in front of the Committee on…


Added by Daniel Leuck on January 26, 2012 at 11:30am — 17 Comments

Japanese UX: Everything Works a Little Better

Normally when we discuss user experience design on TechHui we are talking about web or mobile apps, but UX design is a much broader field. Wikipedia defines UXD as, "Creation of the architecture and interaction models that affect user experience of a device or system."

During my time in Japan over the past two weeks I've been struck by how much attention is paid to UX for everyday things ranging from…


Added by Daniel Leuck on January 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

January 2012 Newsletter

Aloha TechHuians,

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! I hope the holidays treated you well.

Many thanks to all the participants in last month's TechHui conference including the speakers, panelists, sponsors and organizers. It was a tough time of year to do a conference (my fault for being in NY and Tokyo on business during the usual time), but we pulled it off. This year I was overwhelmed with work and being a new dad so I…


Added by Daniel Leuck on January 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

December Newsletter

Aloha TechHuians,

There are only a few more days to register for the TechHui conference happening on Dec. 10 at UH Manoa. The conference features everything from Garrett Lisi presenting his Geometric Theory of Everything to an …


Added by Daniel Leuck on December 2, 2011 at 7:51pm — No Comments

2011 TechHui Conference

It's TechHui Conference time! The goal of the conference is to highlight interesting Hawaiʻi-based people, projects and organizations working in technology and interactive design. We seek to facilitate education and networking within the Hawaiʻi tech and design communities as well as educate people about the latest developments and…


Added by Daniel Leuck on November 4, 2011 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments


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