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Bootstrapping: How to Succeed Without Venture Capital

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Bootstrapping: How to Succeed Without Venture Capital

Time: June 26, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Waiklik Yacht Club Dining Room
Street: 1599 Ala Moana Blvd
City/Town: Honolulu, HI 96814
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Phone: (808) 546-2288
Event Type: talk
Organized By: Leigh-Ann Miyasato of
Latest Activity: May 27, 2014

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Most Hawai‘i tech companies will never raise venture capital and many have become successful without doing so. These companies should be celebrated, not disparaged as "lifestyle businesses." EF Hawai‘i is pleased to present "Bootstrapping: How to Succeed Without Venture Capital" on Thursday, June 26, 6 pm at the Waiklik Yacht Club. Meet entrepreneurs Beth Carvin, founder & CEO of Nobscot, and Martin Zorn, COO of Kamakura Corp., and find out how they built great Hawai‘i tech companies without raising venture capital. Their stories are inspiring – don't miss this event!

Admission is $35 ($20 for students) - register at Or you can become an annual member of EF Hawai‘i for $100, which entitles you to admission to all our events for a year.


Martin Zorn is Kamakura’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He is a 21-year veteran of Wachovia Bank with experience in systems, marketing, corporate banking, and capital markets and serving as the regional executive for the bank’s Northern Virginia and Washington DC markets. Most recently, Martin was with two community banks. He served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Indiana, where he was an instructor in investments and business finance.

Beth Carvin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nobscot. She has over 20 years of experience in business management, strategy, human resources, sales, and marketing. Beth was previously an HR and Business Development Officer with BancWest Corporation and the managing partner of Excel Employment. She has taught classes in Hiring The Best, Employee Relations and Ethics in Banking for the American Institute of Bankers. She is a member of the Society For Human Resource Management and was the moderator for Adventive Media's I-HR Human Resources discussion list.

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