About Automat

James Harton
Automat is run by James Harton, a twenty year veteran of the New Zealand tech industry. James has worked on innumerable software projects over the years, including but not limited to a PCB manufacturing site, an electricity retailer, a fantastic crowd funding platform and a utilities billing system. James’ last business, Resistor was sold to Ackama in 2015 - now it’s time for him to do it again.

Conversation starters:

If you meet James in the street or at a conference you should ask him about:

  • Sailing
  • Compilers
  • Early-90’s action heroes

What is an Automat?

An automat is a fast food restaurant where simple foods and drink are served by vending machines. The world’s first automat was named Quisisana, which opened in Berlin, Germany in 1895.