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


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.

Joey Katzen

Independent Consultant

Joey Katzen is an entrepreneur and attorney whose expertise has been instrumental in the founding and growth of multiple Inc-500 companies. Also an engineer, lit graduate, and art director, Joey’s background has provided him a range of tools to harness the tactical and strategic tasks required of a young technology 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.


Adam Smith

Adam Smith Software

Alan Tien


Alex Ledovskiy

Iceman Softworks

Barbra An Pleadwell

Hastings & Pleadwell

Ben Sykes

UX Jobs

Bernice Parsons

Vertaccount Hawaii Inc.

Beth Carvin


Bill Reichert

Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Tyndall

Electric AI

Blaine Kaho’onei

Sr. Business Development Manager | Heroku

Brian Rabben

Growth Wizards

Bryan Cheung


Burt Lum

Hawaii Open Data

Chad Podoski

Lasso Media

Chris Lee

Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media

Christopher Daggett


Christopher Farm


Chuck Liddell

KapuHonu LLC

Ciarán Thompson


Cliff Tong

Venture Consulting Firm

Corey Blake


Cort Davies


Dan Freedman

iNovia Capital

Daniel Dinell

Hawaii Coffee Company

Darius Monsef

Creative Market

David C. Lee


Dean Levitt

Teacup Analytics

Devin Ehrig

Shadow Factory

Elisa Chiu

Anchor Taiwan

Elton Satusky

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Eric Nakagawa


Eric Quon-Lee

Director | Visa Performance Solutions

Evan Rapoport


Fabricio F. Costa

Genomic Enterprise

Faruq Ahmad

Palo Alto Capital

Gavan Wilhite

Technologist & Storyteller

Geoff Ossias

DLA Piper

Gregory Kim

Convergent Law Group LLP

Holly Liu

Y Combinator

James Avis

Oahu Media Group

Jason Martin

FireEye, Inc.

Jason Sewell


Jay Voss

Hawaii Angels

Jeff Char

J-Seed Capital

Jeff Kraatz


Jeremiah Grossman

WhiteHat Security, Inc.

Jim Patterson

Bates & Bates, LLC

Joey Aquino

Amazon Web Services

Joseph Pigato


Joyce Chung

Garage Technology Ventures

Kaushal Kantawala


Kevin Hughes


Kevin Saito

Coding Dojo

Kiley McEvoy


Kirvan Pierson

Vigo Technologies

Larry Rodriguez

Central Pacific Bank

Lawrence Hester


Leighton Chong

IP & Patent Attorney

Lori McCarney

Bikeshare Hawaii

Lori Teranishi

iQ 360

Mark Sincell

Davidson Sheehan LLP

Martin Zorn

Kamakura Corporation

Marvin Liao

500 Startups

Mathew Rowley


Matt Galligan


Matt Hubert


Matt Johnson

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Matt Johnston

ILA Global

Matt Miller


Michael L. Atkinson

Orderscape Inc.

Michael L. Korniczky

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

Mike Osorio

Osorio Group LLC

Mike Watanabe

Art Explorium

Neenz Faleafine

Faleafine Enterprises, LLC

Nick Hodulik

Polymath Inc.

Nigel Pentland

AinaKai Capital

Patrick Williamson


Paul Ford


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

Sam Craig

Retail Data Partners

Sean Flaherty


Sean Narvasa


Seth Colby

Hawaii Dept of Tax

Stephen Forte

Fresco Capital

Steve Haumschild

Lanikai Brewing Company

Steve Pearman

Entrepreneur & Investor

Steve Sue


Steven Baker

Fairway Navigation Inc.

Steven Levine

Fenwick & West LLP

Sumner Garber

Evolution Investment Advisors

Teddi Anderson


Tim Dick

Startup Capital Ventures | General Partner

Tina Fitch


Tony Blank


Veronica Wong

Moon Capital

Wanda Kakugawa

Market Trends Pacific

Warren Daubert

Daubert Design Co.

Yancey Unequivocally

Empowered Presentations

Zachary Hester

FareHarbor Holdings, Inc.