MtGox is a large name in Bitcoin. They have a lot of influence in the market. I have bought all my Bitcoins at MtGox, since it is conveniently located in Japan (where I am as well).
If you wanted to find out where their office is, you would be disappointed when clicking on the “About” link of their home page.
If you happen to have some inside knowledge, you may think that the address given at tibanne.com is correct. You would have been right until recently. However, I regularly walk around that place, and I just noted that there is some other company right now in the fifth floor of that building.
Where has MtGox gone?
Unfortunately, that’s not a real address. There is no “Sarugaokacho” in Shibuya.
Maybe it is “Sarugakucho”?
I had a look at Google Maps Street View and came up with this:
That doesn’t look like an office address.
Heading over to Wikipedia’s article on Shibuya, I find that there is a district called “Sakuragaokacho”.
Here is the Google Street View of that address:
That’s more like it. I plan to check if I can find them there, since I am in the area every day.
If someone from MtGox happens to read this post, I have a couple of comments.
For one, it doesn’t really inspire much confidence if you don’t give at least an address in your “About Us” page. Under European standards, one would also expect for the very least a registration number for whatever company is running MtGox.
MtGox may want to improve on this sorry state of affairs.
Update: Mark Karpeles kindly replied by Twitter like this:
I had done some legwork before and walked up to the building shown above (the “Cerulean Tower”), and there was no trace of MtGox or Tibanne to be found.
Had me worried for a moment there that this was more than a failure to disclose the office location on the web page.
Update 2: I have just walked over there and found that, indeed, MtGox is located exactly where Karpeles said it is.
If you liked this post, please consider having a look at my Bitcoin science fiction novel “Last Week”. I have Part 06 up here, titled “I’m Satoshi”.