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Location for Conference in Honolulu?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Ng Oct 9, 2010.

Online Shipping Options to Hawaii?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Laurence A. Lee May 25, 2009.

Computer Supplies Locally in Hawaii?
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Thelma Myers commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"Hi all - I am working with a team here on Maui to create an Accredited Investor Level Crowding Funding Site for Hawaii.  Our goal is to develop a tool to connect organizations needing money to develop innovative ideas and those investors…"
Mar 7
Frank Bachinsky commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"My comment on the size of investment capital is based on creation of a financial ecosystem that covers a broad range of industries and funding stages. It may sound like a lot if you think about the current activity but it isn't a lot when…"
Feb 25
Jason Rushin commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"I agree with @Frank - there's been very little venture capital moving around within the state over the past few years, which is (I guess) why HVCA has become more focused on general business programs. The Act 221 talk kind of reinforces that…"
Feb 25
Daniel Leuck commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"@Frank Perhaps it would be useful to narrow the discussion. A capital efficient web startup looking for seed funding (say, <$1.5MM) can absolutely get funding in Hawaii. I've been through the process several times personally, and I've…"
Feb 24
Frank Bachinsky commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"While the new funds and activity is a nice start, it pales in comparison to broader investment activity during 221. Hawaii faces the significant issue of geographic isolation. Most Silicon Valley and New York investors don't like to finance…"
Feb 24
Daniel Leuck commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"Th Maui fund you mentioned (mbloom) is $10MM. The Energy Accelerator just got $30MM from ONR to fund early stage startups that "solve energy challenges". There are several other (admittedly small by CA standards) Honolulu based funds…"
Feb 23
Frank Bachinsky commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"IMO there is no real venture capital in Hawaii. The Maui based fund is a good start but it is a drop in a bucket compared to what is needed. Time to rework 221 and create jobs."
Feb 23
Daniel Leuck commented on John's blog post Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA
"I really like HVCA and ThinkTech, including the people leading those organizations, but I also wish they would do more tech events. Perhaps they are trying to best serve an evolving demographic within their organizations."
Feb 4

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Bill Spencer Leaves the HVCA

From an email:

"Dear HVCA Members and Friends

It has been a wonderful honor and privilege to lead HVCA since 1999, almost 15 years, so I know most of you personally.  It has been extremely rewarding and fulfilling to host interesting programs, advocate on your behalf, mentor, network and develop many friendships along the way.

At this point in my life, it is time for me to move on.  I look forward to new opportunities and continuing my work with Hawaii Angels and…


Posted on February 1, 2014 at 12:07pm — 11 Comments

Will Hawaii Startup Accelerators Succeed or Fail?

There's a lot of excitement around Hawaii's emerging startup accelerators.

Some people have said that Hawaii has tons of talent, all it needs is some money, others say it's the blind leading the blind.

I am out of touch with the details so I was wondering if anyone could shed light on the likely outcomes. What do you think? Will these accelerators succeed or fail?

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Are MBAs Bad for Tech Companies?

Good in-depth article from the NYTimes on declining standards and educational deficiencies at business schools.

When startups and tech companies talk about the dangers of MBAs, this article provides the perfect evidence behind those risks.

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 8:55pm — 3 Comments

Improve Hawaii's Education Problem Through On-line Education

Improving Hawaii's public education system seems to be a noble but unrealistic cause - especially for those of us in the technology community who might have to wait years or decades for a positive impact (years that we cannot afford).

There's a real amazing site - called the Khan Academy - run by 1 guy in California that provides comprehensive, on-line, free video 'courses' for high school math and science (over 1400 videos online).…

Posted on May 16, 2010 at 3:53pm — 4 Comments

Are Hawaii's Tech Tax Credit Worth the Cost?

Today, the Honolulu Advertiser ran an article on 221/215. The article is primarily a strong attack on the prudence and viability of the tax credits. The article cites a new 25 page report by the Department of Taxation that is well worth reading.

The numbers look bad and the public reaction (both in quotes and… Continue

Posted on December 29, 2008 at 9:45am — 226 Comments

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At 3:22pm on April 21, 2009, Truman Leung said…
Hope you're having a great time in Taiwan!
At 2:19pm on December 26, 2008, Mika Leuck said…
Aloha John. Thank you for being an early member and for all your contributions. Its nice to finally see a face :-)
At 1:26pm on May 13, 2008, Olin Lagon said…
Heh John, would love to contact you about Django. Just sent in a friend request. Thanks! Olin
At 12:04pm on April 16, 2008, Cory said…
Hey John,

Thanks a lot for the suggestion...looks and sounds really interesting. I'll have our gurus look into it. Thats really cool you've already used it too. Lets chat about your project next meetup...would be interesting to hear about some of the hurdles you had to overcome.

You going to the geeknick on Sunday? Maybe I'll see you there.



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