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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.