Henk Rogers

Blue Startups | Founder

Dutch-born computer game designer and entrepreneur, best known for revolutionizing the video game industry by bringing Tetris to the United States and world market.



Chenoa Farnsworth

Managing Partner

Chenoa has more than 15 years experience in business strategy and private equity investing. Farnsworth is the managing director of the Hawaii Angels, Hawaii’s only angel capital investment network. In 2006, she co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawai’i-based venture capital firm that has invested $50 million into Hawai’i-based technology start-ups.



Maya Rogers

Co-Founder & Partner

Maya Rogers is the CEO of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris® brand. Since 2007, she has lead the global business initiatives for Tetris, one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world. Maya has 15 years of experience in the video game industry, with expertise in game development, IP licensing, and branding. Prior to Tetris, she steered cross-culturalization and development efforts at Sony Computer Entertainment and American Honda. Maya is also the co-founder and partner of Blue Startups.



Casey Lau

Entrepreneur-In-Residence

One of Hong Kong’s tech startup pioneers, Casey has successfully launched startups in the fields of web design, e-commerce, and media development.  He along with two other co-founders formed StartupsHK in 2009 to ignite the startup scene in Hong Kong through a series of conferences and networking events – and helped grow the Hong Kong ecosystem from the original four founders to over 5,000 members today.


 

Lead Mentors


Bill Spencer

Hawaii Oceanic Technology, inc. | CEO

Bill has more than 25 years of experience as mentor and coach to Hawaii entrepreneurs as President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, board member of Hawaii Angels and lead mentor at Blue Startups. He is presently an angel investor doing consulting with entrepreneurs who want to start a business or seek investment capital. Particular focus on social entrepreneurship, high technology, mariculture and software.



Casey Pelkey

Tetris Online Inc. | Vice President of Marketing

Casey’s primary responsibility is to give their products the best chance of success by generating and executing marketing plans. He is also responsible for generating revenue outside of game sales and in-game purchases, including both advertising and partnerships.



Donavan Kealoha

Startup Capital Ventures | Director

Donavan is a Director at Startup Capital Ventures, where he works alongside the fund’s partners in all aspects of potential and active investments, from deal sourcing, deal diligence, and portfolio company management, including serving on the board of portfolio company AreaMetrics, Hobnob, and board observer at Breinify.



Eric Bjorndahl

ClickTripz | Chief Strategy Officer

Eric is the Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Clicktripz, a global travel technology company that builds innovative solutions to serve the needs of suppliers, publishers, advertisers and travelers, and has extensive experience in both the online travel and social networking categories.



Joseph Pigato

Sparked | Vice President

Joseph Pigato has dedicated his career to building and promoting innovative web products and services, leading marketing, management, sales, and product teams. He sold a web startup he co-founded (BizQuiz) to A.S.K., partly owned by Cisco, and headed marketing at Score when they sold the company to Kaplan, owned by The Washington Post Company.



Lisa Brett

User Experience Strategist

Lisa is involved throughout all stages of product development, and ensures oversight and responsibility for strategy, design, research and testing – always mentoring and evangelizing and sharing her passion for the user!



Michael Troy

Starwood Hotels and Resorts | Field Marketing Director

Michael Troy is a 30 year veteran of the hospitality industry having started his career in Hawaii with the Sheraton Hotels Corporation in 1981 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.



Robert Robinson

Hawaii Angels | President

Founder of Hawaii’s angel investor network, the Hawaii Angels. Co-author of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies. Award-winning author on business negotiation and conflict management, has over 20 years of experience in coaching companies in valuation and other negotiations.



Steve Markowitz

Green Chef and Beestripe | Co-Founder

Steve Markowitz is a Honolulu-based entrepreneur and investor. Steve’s angel investing interests are in consumer internet, LOHAS (lifestyles of health and sustainability) and legal cannabis-related businesses. Steve is co-founder and chairman of BeeStripe, a high-growth consumer internet company headquartered in Honolulu.


Mentors


Adam Smith

Adam Smith Software


Alan Tien

Veem


Alex Ledovskiy

Iceman Softworks


Barbra An Pleadwell

Hastings & Pleadwell


Ben Ancheta

Huliau Capital, LLC


Ben Sykes

UX Jobs


Bernice Parsons

Vertaccount Hawaii Inc.


Beth Carvin

JamBios


Bill Reichert

Garage Technology Ventures


Bill Tyndall

Electric AI


Blaine Kaho’onei

Sr. Business Development Manager | Heroku


Brandi Martin

Project Possibility


Brian Rabben

Growth Wizards


Brittany Heyd

1776


Bryan Cheung

KongBasileConsulting


Burt Lum

Hawaii Open Data


Chad Podoski

Lasso Media


Chris Lee

Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media


Christopher Daggett

11up


Christopher Farm

Tenjin


Chuck Liddell

KapuHonu LLC


Ciarán Thompson

BeeStripe


Cliff Tong

Venture Consulting Firm


Corey Blake

MWI


Cort Davies

StartupCMO


Dan Freedman

iNovia Capital


Daniel Dinell

Hawaii Coffee Company


Darius Monsef

Creative Market


David Banks

Cades Schutte LLP


David C. Lee

Google


Dean Levitt

Teacup Analytics


Devin Ehrig

Shadow Factory


Don Kosak

Nalukai Foundation


Elton Satusky

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Eric Nakagawa

Facebook


Eric Quon-Lee

Director | Visa Performance Solutions


Evan Rapoport

Google


Fabricio F. Costa

Genomic Enterprise


Fadi Mahmoud

Founder


Faruq Ahmad

Palo Alto Capital


Gary Swart

Polaris Partners


Gavan Wilhite

Technologist & Storyteller


Geoff Ossias

DLA Piper


Gregory Kim

Convergent Law Group LLP


Helen L. Cho

Aloha Green Holdings Inc.


James Avis

Oahu Media Group


Jason Martin

FireEye, Inc.


Jason Sewell

DevLeague


Jay Voss

Hawaii Angels


Jeff Char

J-Seed Capital


Jeff Kraatz

MeetingSift


Jeremiah Grossman

WhiteHat Security, Inc.


Jeremy Santy

Brighten Studios


Jim Patterson

Bates & Bates, LLC


Joey Aquino

Amazon Web Services


Joey Katzen

Independent Consultant


Joyce Chung

Garage Technology Ventures


Kaushal Kantawala

Vungle


Keith Cripe

Resources Global Professionals


Kevin Hughes

InMobi


Kevin Saito

Coding Dojo


Kirvan Pierson

Vigo Technologies


Larry Rodriguez

Central Pacific Bank


Laura Roden

Capital Formation Consultants


Leighton Chong

IP & Patent Attorney


Lori Teranishi

iQ 360


Mark Sincell

Davidson Sheehan LLP


Martin Zorn

Kamakura Corporation


Marvin Liao

500 Startups


Mathew Rowley

Square


Matt Galligan

Postmates


Matt Hubert

Bitmatica


Matt Johnson

Simon-Kucher & Partners


Matt Johnston

ILA Global


Matt Miller

Mastercard


Matthias Wagner

Facebook


Meli James

Hawaii Venture Capital


Michael L. Atkinson

Orderscape Inc.


Michael L. Korniczky

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel


Mike Downes

Air Tight Networks


Mike Osorio

Osorio Group LLC


Mike Watanabe

Art Explorium


Neenz Faleafine

Faleafine Enterprises, LLC


Nick Hodulik

Polymath Inc.


Nigel Pentland

AinaKai Capital


Patrick Williamson

EY


Paul Ford

SendGrid


Paul Switzer

Stanford University


Pedro Sorrentino

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center


Peter Fukunaga

Servco Pacific Inc.


Peter Rowan

Interactive Strategy


Peter Wilkins

Emergent VR


Piia Aarma

Pineapple Tweed


Rishi Chowdhury

Momentum London


Rob Bertholf

Bertholf Ventures LLC


Robin Campaniano

CGI Technologies and Solutions


Ryan Ozawa

Hawaii Information Service


Sean Flaherty

ITX


Sean Narvasa

SaraGEO


Steffi Zacke

Hawaii Information Consortium


Steve Haumschild

Lanikai Brewing Company


Steve Pearman

Entrepreneur & Investor


Steve Sue

BizGym


Steven Baker

Fairway Navigation Inc.


Steven Levine

Fenwick & West LLP


Sumner Garber

Evolution Investment Advisors


Tara Coomans

Poodle Mafia


Teddi Anderson

TLC PR


Tim Dick

Startup Capital Ventures | General Partner


Tina Fitch

Hobnob


Todd Carpenter

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Tony Blank

SendGrid


Veronica Wong

Moon Capital


Wanda Kakugawa

Market Trends Pacific


Warren Daubert

Daubert Design Co.


Wayne Chi

Gloria Chi Realty Inc.


Yancey Unequivocally

Empowered Presentations


Zachary Hester

FareHarbor Holdings, Inc.