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Virtual Professional-in-Residence

Meet The Professionals: Entrepreneurship

Areas of Expertise:

Anurag Bist

Anurag Bist

Engineering, Entrepreneurship

Anurag is co-founder and CEO of Moxair, Inc., a California based technology company delivering low power signal processing solutions for mobile handsets and other portable multimedia devices. He is also the founder and Chairman of Ashmar, a global IP Analytics and Consulting company with offices in Newport Beach, CA and Gurgaon, India.  read more >

Marko Brickman

Marko Brickman

Entrepreneurship, Marketing

Marko Brickman retired from Mark’s Athletic Soles 15 years ago. He started this business in his garage against the advice of everyone he asked. He was told that his idea was not just a bad one, but stupid. His idea was to resole athletic shoes by mail order worldwide. This was not done before so the technique and marketing needed to be created. read more >

Russel Cheng

Russel Cheng

Asia, Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Startups, Technology

Russel Cheng is an entrepreneur, startup mentor and advisor with 16 years experience in Japan and Asia and seven startup companies. He is currently building Dev Leauge, Hawaii’s first coding boot camp and co-director of Founder Institute Honolulu chapter, a startup and launch program for first-time founders. read more >

Tanna Dang

Tanna Dang

Retail, Marketing, Entrepreneurship

A graduate of Punahou High School and the University of Hawaii, Tanna Dang’s love for journalism and women’s studies has led her to an exciting career. Dang, owner of The Wedding Café, Eden In Love and Fred+Kate Events, love for weddings began while working at a local bridal magazine in 2001. Her obsession with weddings continued to grow with wedding coordination and then becoming co-owner of The Wedding Café in 2005. read more >

Eric Darmstaedter

Eric Darmstaedter

Engineering, Entrepreneurship

Mr. Darmstaedter manages ClearFuels planning, financial and business development activities, including strategic partnerships for corporate growth. read more >

John Davidson

John Davidson

Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology

Now retired on the mainland, John M. Davidson, Ph.D., is a technologist, an entrepreneur, an author, and an investor in high tech companies, with a long term interest and specialization in the communications networking industry.  read more >

Lena Gan

Lena Gan

Asia, Entrepreneurship, Investing

Lena Gan, an International Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Group, has more than 12 years of experience providing advisory services to multinational corporations and family-owned businesses in the Asia Pacific region. Lena has also worked in academia and for the non-profit sector. read more >

Brian Goldstein

Brian Goldstein

Entrepreneurship, Other, Startups

Brian Goldstein is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in growing technology based organizations with over 20 years experience in senior management, business development, sales, and marketing in the enterprise software, data warehousing, business intelligence, consumer internet, medical software and biotechnology industries. read more >

DJ Halcro

DJ Halcro

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Startups

Halcro is skilled in team building, project management, CRM management, sales, marketing, business development, bringing solutions to problem issues, cost controls, asset-resource management-development and business start-ups. read more >

Steve Haumschild

Steve Haumschild

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Startups

Steve Haumschild is a talented serial entrepreneur with vast experiences in various industries from Renewable Energy, Tourism ,Watersports, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Performance throughout small and large businesses.  read more >

Kehau Kali

Kehau Kali

Entrepreneurship, Other

Kehau Kali’s passion and career have focused on sustainability from an economic, environmental and community development perspective. For twenty years she has focused on the ‘4 Ps’ (purpose, people, prosperity and planet), advocating for balance between making a profit with caring for the community and creating collaborative ‘win-win’ solutions in all of her personal and professional endeavors. read more >

Donavan Kealoha

Donavan Kealoha

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Law

Donavan Kealoha is a Sr. Associate at Startup Capital Ventures, an early-stage, Menlo Park-based venture capital firm. read more >

Ian Kitajima

Ian Kitajima

Entrepreneurship, Technology

Ian Kitajima is a senior executive at Oceanit, one of Hawaii's largest and most diversified privately‐held technology company, with 160 scientists and engineers. He is responsible for corporatewide marketing and venturing for Oceanit’s award winning innovations, products, and services. read more >

Dave Kozuki

Dave Kozuki

Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology

Dave Kozuki is the founder and CEO of People Bridge, which develops internet based software for building neighborhood communities. People Bridge moved to Hawaii from Silicon Valley in 2005. read more >

Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar

Entrepreneurship, Other

A Deloitte Fast 50 and 5 times INC 500/5000 ranked serial entrepreneur, Suresh Kumar is an engaged-scholar deeply immersed in entrepreneurial practice, research, learning, and policy. read more >

Brendan Larson

Brendan Larson

Entrepreneurship, Other, Technology

Brendan is a climatologist and meteorologist, pioneer and established entrepreneur. He is currently co-founder of AbsoluteClimo, a world leading business-to-business climate forecasting and risk management company. read more >

Evan Leong

Evan Leong

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship

Evan Leong is a Hawaii born and raised entrepreneur with businesses ranging from bubble tea beverages to media. His specialty is lifestyle businesses and social entrepreneurship. Evan Leong is the co-founder and CEO of two distinguished companies in Hawaii: Greater Good Inc and Bubble Tea Supply.  read more >

Jason Martin

Jason Martin

Entrepreneurship, Management, Startups, Technology

Jason Martin is Vice President of Cloud Business for FireEye, Inc. the global leader in advanced threat detection technology. Prior to joining FireEye Jason was the President and CEO of Secure DNA (acquired by FireEye), a company that provided innovative security products and solutions to companies throughout Asia-Pac and the US Mainland. Customers included Fortune 10, 100, and 500 companies, global government agencies, state and local governments, and private organizations of all sizes. read more >

Rich Matsuura

Rich Matsuura

Entrepreneurship, Other, Startups

Rich Matsuura is the Co-Founder/Head of Product at PandaTree. Rich hired PandaTree's development and design team, and created a product strategy and roadmap that got the PandaTree's product launched in less than 3 months, from first line of code to a flawless launch. read more >

Brian Nishida

Brian Nishida

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Brian C. Nishida is the owner and President of Step Stone Business Development, a business consultancy practice. This firm specializes in direct advisory guidance to business owners and executives of Hawaii and mainland US companies including; Top 250 firms, multi-million dollar family businesses and name-brand entrepreneurs. read more >

Lloyd Okazaki

Lloyd Okazaki

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management

Lloyd Okazaki is a 1981 graduate of Hilo High School and obtained my BA and MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  read more >

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other

Robert J. Robinson co-founded Kolohala Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in 2006, and is the founder of Hawaii Angels, Hawaii's angel investor network. He is the co-author of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies, published in 2000, and was a charter member of the Angel Capital Association. read more >

Viraphanh Sananikone

Viraphanh Sananikone

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Investing, Startups

Viraphanh Sananikone has experience in the areas of banking, investments, technology and telecom startups and consumer products; he has worked in companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies (JP Morgan, Sony) to technology and media startups. read more >

Mike Seper

Mike Seper

Entrepreneurship, Marketing

He is interested in helping students at UH that have an interest in invention and entrepreneurship. read more >

Joelle Simonpietri

Joelle Simonpietri

Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Technology

Joelle Simonpietri is an independent advisor to strategic investors in renewable fuels projects and technologies that integrate food, feed, fuel, fiber, and waste conversion.  read more >

Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer

Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Technology

Bill Spencer is the CEO of Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc., an ocean science company that is developing open ocean aquaculture technology for sustainable and environmentally responsible industrial scale fish farming. He has also been the volunteer President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) since 1999. read more >

Eric Tom

Eric Tom

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Other
David Watumull

David Watumull

Entrepreneurship, Other, Startups

David G. Watumull has more than twenty years experience as a biotech industry executive, analyst, and investment banker. He is president, CEO and co-founder of Cardax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is a co-inventor of its technology. read more >