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    Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Leuck

Daniel Leuck, age 38

CEO, Ikayzo

In high school, Daniel Leuck first tried programming with an early computer that saved data on clunky cassettes.

“My first was a ‘choose your own adventure,’ ” he remembers. “You walk into a room and there’s a dragon. Do you attack or run?” Later, as a music major in college, the Suzuki-method-trained pianist returned to computers, working to create a new musical instrument complete with sound.

“That sucked me back into technology,” says Leuck, “and it ended up becoming all consuming.”

Now, as founder and CEO of Ikayzo, a technology and creative-services company, Leuck provides web, mobile and desktop design and development services for customers ranging from the software giant Oracle, to multinational banks such as Bank of America and Nomura Securities, to fashion designer Amanda Pearl. “The logistics that plague Hawaii businesses aren’t at play on the web,” he says. “Software can be developed in Hawaii and deployed into the cloud. That’s a good model for us, so Ikayzo is in that space.”

One new service, called “Ask Gaijin,” allows Japanese companies to vet English product names with native speakers. “We got that idea on a business trip to Japan when we walked into a shop and saw a men’s fashion magazine called ‘Men’s Fudge,’” says Leuck. “I don’t think that was the intended effect.”

With Act 221 gone, Leuck suggests the state could still support the tech sector by creating “czars” to smooth the permit processes in various areas, and to lure capital to the state. “One way the state could help with capital formation would be creating a fund with some sort of tax holiday or tax incentive.”

Leuck has a wide international background, having worked in London, Tokyo and Russia. In Hawaii, he created the Tech Hui social network and sits on the board of ThinkTech Hawaii.

“Dan is everywhere,” says Ken Berkun, founder of Labels That Talk and other successful tech companies. “In the Hawaii tech community, you can’t escape Dan.”


1. Randy Baldemor
2. James Bennett
3. Kalei Cadinha-Puaa
4. Kainoa Daines
5. Matthew Delaney
6. Mark Duda
7. Charles Hew-Len
8. Michael Kaleikini
9. Daniel Leuck
10. Jennifer Li Dotson
11. Bryan Luke
12. Wesley Machida
13. Makani Maeva
14. Cameron Nekota
15. Robert Piper
16. Carol Reimann
17. Claire Sullivan
18. Michael Tresler
19. Raymond Vara, Jr.
20. Aulani Wilhelm


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