The Blue Startups Team

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.

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.

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.

Jared Kushi

Program Director

Jared Kushi graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with degrees in Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business and Management. He studied in Sydney, Australia to expand his understanding of International Business. Jared is also the operations manager for the Hawaii Angels. He has previously worked for Hawaii Venture Capital Association, Sony Electronics and American Savings Bank.

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. Prior to heading Tetris, she steered cross-culturalization and development efforts for Tetris Online China, Sony Computer Entertainment America and American Honda. Maya co-founded Blue Startups in 2012, and serves as Partner.

Lead Mentors

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.

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.

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! Deliverables include Heuristic Evaluations, Contextual Inquiry/Field Observation, Functional and User Flows, Content Maps, Content Gap Analysis, Taxonomy, Wireframes, User Stories (epic and not), Usability Studies’ test plans and recommendations.

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.

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. Prior to heading Tetris, she steered cross-culturalization and development efforts for Tetris Online China, Sony Computer Entertainment America and American Honda. Maya co-founded Blue Startups in 2012, and serves as Partner.

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.

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. Prior to angel investing, Steve was co-founder, chairman & CEO of MyPoints.com, where he led the company’s IPO on Nasdaq in August 1999.

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.

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.

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 from angel and/or institutional investors. Particular focus on social entrepreneurship, high technology, mariculture and software.


Mentor Network

Alex Ledovskiy

Iceman Softworks

Barbra An Pleadwell

Hastings & Pleadwell

Ben Ancheta

Ike

Bill Reichert

Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Tyndall

inDinero

Brandon Mah

Wataru Consulting, LLC

Brian Lynx

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Brian Rabben

Growth Wizards | Founder and CEO

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

White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

Chuck Liddell

KapuHonu LLC

Cliff Tong

Venture Consulting Firm

Cort Davies

Startup Marketing Consulting & Coaching

Dan Freedman

Inovia Capital | Venture Partner

Dan Leuck

Ikayzo

Daniel Dinell

Japan-American Society of Hawaii

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

Faruq Ahmad

Palo Alto Capital

Gary Swart

Polaris Partners

Geoff Ossias

DLA Piper

Gregory Kim

Convergent Law Group LLP

Helen L. Cho

Operations and Branding Consultant/Advisor

James Avis

Oahu Media Group

Jason Martin

FireEye, Inc.

Jason Sewell

DevLeague

Jason Skicewicz

Project FixUp

Jay Voss

Hawaii Angels

Jeff Char

J-Seed Capital

Jeff Kraatz

Senior Vice President at Keynote Systems

Jeremiah Grossman

WhiteHat Security, Inc.

Jim Patterson

Bates & Bates, LLC

Joey Aquino

Amazon Web Services

John Garcia

Founder & Strategic Director at Brain Eye Creatives

Jonathan Chizick

AppZen

Joyce Chung

Garage Technology Ventures

Kaushal Kantawala

Alchemist Accelerator

Keith Cripe

Resources Global Professionals

Kevin Hughes

InMobi

Kevin Saito

Groupon

Kirvan Pierson

Vigo Technologies

Larry Rodriguez

Central Pacific Bank

Laura Roden

Capital Formation Consultants

Leighton Chong

IP & Patent Attorney

Lori Teranishi

iQ 360

Manny Fernandez

DreamFunded

Marcus Ogawa

Quest Venture Partners

Martin Kessler

Shape Inc.

Martin Zorn

Kamakura Corporation

Marvin Liao

500 Startups

Mathew Rowley

Square

Matt Galligan

Postmates

Matt Hubert

Bitmatica

Matt Johnson

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Matthias Wagner

Facebook

Meli James

Hawaii Venture Capital

Michael Hernandez-Soria

Hawaiian Cool Water

Michael L. Atkinson

Bailiwick Ventures

Michael L. Korniczky

Mike Downes

Air Tight Networks

Mike Watanabe

Art Explorium

Namrata Ganatra

Facebook

Neenz Faleafine

Faleafine Enterprises, LLC

Nick Hodulik

Polymath Inc.

Nigel Pentland

AinaKai Capital

Paul Ford

SendGrid

Paul Switzer

Stanford University

Pedro Sorrentino

FundersClub

Peter Kay

CyberCom, Inc.

Peter Rowan

Interactive Strategy

Piia Aarma

Pineapple Tweed

Rich Maloy

IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

Rob Bertholf

SaaS Ventures

Robin Campaniano

CGI Technologies and Solutions

Ryan Ozawa

Hawaii Information Service

Sean Narvasa

SaraGEO

Sharon Webb

Soane Labs LLC

Steffi Zacke

ScrumMaster

Steve Haumschild

Hawaii Angels

Steve Sue

BizGym

Steven Baker

Micronesia Registration

Steven Levine

Fenwick & West LLP

Tara Coomans

Akamai Marketing

Tina Fitch

Switchfly, Co-Founder

Todd Carpenter

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Tony Blank

Sr. Developer Evangelist at SendGrid

Tristan Pollock

EIR & VP @ 500 Startups

Wanda Kakugawa

Market Trends Pacific

Wayne Chi

Yancey Unequivocally

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