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We are happy to announce that TechHui has been acquired by Japanese internet powerhouse Joudan K.K. for $10 million dollars. Joudan CEO Saru Usoda had this to say about the deal, which was finalized yesterday, "TechHui will make a fantastic addition to our portfolio of regional niche social networks and blogs." Usoda said Joudan's plans include a redesign, localization to Japanese and the introduction of several custom OpenSocial applications.

TechHui founders Daniel Leuck and his wife Mika Leuck will be relocated to Joudan's headquarters in Jigokudani, Japan.

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Comment by Chris on May 4, 2009 at 1:45pm
wow just moved back to Hawaii and now you're leaving...
Comment by Fred Baclig on April 4, 2009 at 1:42pm
lol, I figured that! My g/f tells me "Joudan deshou" all the time! Should of known =P
Comment by Daniel Leuck on April 4, 2009 at 1:05pm
Mahalo Fred, and all the other folks who were kind enough to drop by, email, text and call.

This was actually an April fools joke :-), but we hope to report the real thing about Ooi at some point in the future. For those of you who study Japanese, or cheat by actually being Japanese, take a close look at the names in this post.

Have a great weekend!
Comment by Fred Baclig on April 4, 2009 at 12:45pm
I thought this was just a April Fools joke and waited for the punch line.

and so now I'm assuming this is true.. Congrats Dan and Mika!
Comment by Bob Sommers on April 3, 2009 at 6:08pm
Hi Daniel and Mika:
I'm new to your site, but I would love to hear your story. Would you be interested in doing an audio interview for the Recognized Expert Marketing Show or for the Internet Marketing Association of Hawaii? I know our members would love to hear about your plan, struggle and success.
Aloha, Bob Sommers
Comment by Alex Salkever on April 2, 2009 at 6:48pm
Maybe you can front me the office space now? :)
Comment by Douglas Levin on April 1, 2009 at 7:35pm
Comment by Daniel Leuck on April 1, 2009 at 7:22pm
We are removing this post from the front page (de-featuring it) because it is causing too much trouble. We greatly appreciate everyone who called, emailed and stopped by to congratulate us. Yes, we feel (read: I feel) a little guilty. :-)
Comment by Ringtail Lemur on April 1, 2009 at 7:04pm
Dave - We greatly appreciate your contribution!
Comment by Dave Takaki on April 1, 2009 at 6:45pm
Being as I am holding exercisable warrants for all remaining shelf registered equity issues, and see no financial benefit in holding, I am assigning these instruments to the United Ringtail Lemur Benevolent Society. The comments of the LRMBS spokesprimate regarding this media release can be found at


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