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.
Co-Founder & Partner
Maya Rogers is President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, where she has lead the worldwide business initiatives of the Tetris® brand since 2007. Maya’s expertise encompasses game development, global licensing, brand management, merchandising, and IP enforcement. Maya co-founded Blue Startups in 2012, and serves as Partner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Startup Capital Ventures | General Partner
A serial entrepreneur himself, winner of HVCA deal of the year twice, and named one the 10 most influential people in Hawaii by the Star Advertiser, Tim is now a general partner at SCV & also a director and advisor to several of the firms investments.