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 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.



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


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.



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.



Tim Dick

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.


Mentors


Alex Ledovskiy

Iceman Softworks


Barbra An Pleadwell

Hastings & Pleadwell


Ben Ancheta

Huliau Capital, LLC


Bernice Parsons

Vertaccount Hawaii Inc.


Beth Carvin

JamBios


Bill Reichert

Garage Technology Ventures


Bill Tyndall

Electric AI


Brian Lynx

Grand Wailea


Brian Rabben

Growth Wizards


Brittany Heyd

1776


Bryan Cheung

KongBasileConsulting


Burt Lum

Hawaii Open Data


Casey Pelkey

Tetris Online, Inc.


Chad Podoski

Lasso Media


Chris Lee

Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media


Christopher Daggett

11up


Chuck Liddell

KapuHonu LLC


Ciarán Thompson

BeeStripe


Cliff Tong

Venture Consulting Firm


Cort Davies

StartupCMO


Dan Freedman

iNovia Capital


Dan Leuck

Ikayzo


Daniel Dinell

Hawaii Coffee Company


Darius Monsef

Creative Market


David Banks

Cades Schutte LLP


David C. Lee

Google


Dean Levitt

Teacup Analytics


Don Kosak

Nalukai Foundation


Elton Satusky

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Eric Bjorndahl

ClickTripz


Eric Nakagawa

Facebook


Evan Rapoport

Google


Fabricio F. Costa

Genomic Enterprise


Fadi Mahmoud

Founder


Faruq Ahmad

Palo Alto Capital


Gary Swart

Polaris Partners


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.


Jim Patterson

Bates & Bates, LLC


Joey Aquino

Amazon Web Services


Joey Katzen

Independent Consultant


Jonathan Chizick

AppZen


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


Marcus Ogawa

Quest Venture Partners


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


Matthias Wagner

Facebook


Meli James

Hawaii Venture Capital


Michael Hernandez-Soria

Hawaiian Cool Water


Michael L. Atkinson

Orderscape Inc.


Michael L. Korniczky

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel


Mike Downes

Air Tight Networks


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


Rob Bertholf

Bertholf Ventures LLC


Robin Campaniano

CGI Technologies and Solutions


Ryan Ozawa

Hawaii Information Service


Sean Flaherty

ITX


Sean Narvasa

SaraGEO


Sharon Webb

Soane Labs LLC


Steffi Zacke

Hawaii Information Consortium


Steve Haumschild

Lanikai Brewing Company


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


Tina Fitch

Hobnob


Todd Carpenter

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Tony Blank

SendGrid


Tristan Pollock

500 Startups


Veronica Wong

Moon Capital


Wanda Kakugawa

Market Trends Pacific


Wayne Chi

Gloria Chi Realty Inc.


Yancey Unequivocally

Empowered Presentations


Zachary Hester

FareHarbor Holdings, Inc.