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Keith Powers
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Michael Makani Kai McDougall and Keith Powers are now friends
May 23, 2014
Keith Powers is now friends with Brendan Brennan and Ramu Tremblay
Feb 26, 2013
Keith Powers joined Michael Makani Kai McDougall's group

Code for Maui

Code4Maui is an effort to bring together the County of Maui and local technology professionals and students.  Code4Maui has the following goals.1.  Provide a platform for volunteering skills on technology projects that create greater transparency, collaboration, innovation, participation, and efficiency in government operations.2.  Establish a collaboration hub between individuals at the County, local high schools, UH Maui, and local technology firms to achieve some synergy toward increasing…See More
Mar 25, 2012
Keith Powers replied to Bryan Berkowitz's discussion Maui News: Here’s How the MaiTai Kitesurfing Camp Could Help Turn Maui Into The Next Silicon Valley in the group Maui Techies
"Hi everyone,   Lots of great enthusiasm and comments below. Lets discuss next week in person. Please join us for an informal question and answer information session about plans for the new incubator that we are planning to bring to Maui.…"
Sep 26, 2011
Keith Powers commented on Les Vogel's event Maui GTUG / Maui Techies
"I'm in!  I'll be on Maui Feb 3rd - Feb 9th.  Daniel - would be good to catch up!"
Jan 24, 2011
Keith Powers is attending Les Vogel's event

Maui GTUG / Maui Techies at Flatbread Company

February 7, 2011 from 6pm to 10pm
Let's get together and talk again.
Jan 24, 2011
Keith Powers commented on Patrick Ahler's group Google Wave
"Surfing the Wave alone = ? Lets start a wave about waves... Add me:"
Oct 30, 2009
Keith Powers commented on Patrick Ahler's group Google Wave
Oct 30, 2009
Keith Powers commented on Patrick Ahler's group Google Wave
Oct 30, 2009
Keith Powers commented on Daniel Leuck's group Maui Techies
"A colleague just launched a company called Solvate... a distributed workforce model (domestic business outsourcing) - perhaps perfect for folks looking for some extra telecommuting work... Just beware that the company is brand new so I have no idea…"
Oct 29, 2009
Keith Powers joined Patrick Ahler's group

Google Wave

All things Google: Search, GMail, Maps, Apps, Adwords, Adsense, Wave, Buzz, Orkut,This group is for the fans, haters, and users... Google has become such an integral part of our every day lives it deserves it's own group for discussionSee More
Oct 29, 2009
Keith Powers commented on Daniel Leuck's group Maui Techies
"Hi Amber and Brandyn, Thanks for setting up these hikes! We are heading to Japan for 2 weeks on Thursday but would love to join when we get back. Keith"
Oct 19, 2009
Keith Powers commented on Daniel Leuck's group Maui Techies
"Thank you Doug! Doug - just wanted to thank you for hosting last night at your place. We had a great time! Gracias! Keith, Michiko and Harmony"
Oct 15, 2009
Keith Powers and Mary Doeffinger are now friends
Oct 8, 2009
Daniel Leuck commented on Keith Powers's photo

TechHui Maui at #flatbread in Paia on Oct 3rd 2009

"Ah - great! Feel free to post your events in the calendar. We are trying to do more to support neighbor island events, so they will be featured. BTW - We have a team member on Maui - Konstantin Lukin. He is into hiking."
Oct 4, 2009
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Oct 4, 2009

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Powerful Concepts, LLC
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Venture, angels, startups, incubators, prizes, HI tech, algae, biofuels, real estate, etc.
About Me:
Keith Powers | Bio

Keith is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence and Investment Director at REI Capital, a private investment and venture capital firm where he identifies and evaluates investment opportunities while working with a number of REI's portfolio companies. He most recently served as the Co-Creator and Chief Operating Officer at Prize Capital, LLC an innovative financial model at the intersection of invention, investment and philanthropy - where he remains a Senior Advisor.

Prior to Prize Capital Keith was the EVP of Strategic Development at the X PRIZE Foundation where he spearheaded an effort to create a modern-day version of the Nobel Prize by expanding the mission of the foundation to include prizes in other areas including energy, the environment/carbon, genomics, medicine, nanotechnology, transportation, education and social entrepreneurship. To support this vision, Keith raised in excess of $20M in less than 18 months and he helped expand the Board of Trustees to include such visionary and luminary leaders as Larry Page, Dean Kamen, Dr. J. Craig Venter, Gil Elbaz, Elon Musk, Takafumi Horie, Jeffrey Shames and Ray Kurzweil.

Keith previously started and sold several companies, including a non-traditional media company in 2000, and a Hispanic DRTV- advertising agency in 2003. From 1996-1999, Keith was the Director of Operations at Sun Apparel-The Polo Jeans Company, a $800M global manufacturer, distributor and retailer of casual apparel.

Civic leadership, youth development and national service has long been a focus for Keith, including a stint at the US Embassy in Mexico City in 1994 and as a volunteer corps member and then later as a national staff member with City Year, an “action tank” for national service. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Kids Korps USA,, an advisor to several start-ups, and a member of the NRDC's Environmental Entreprenuers (E2).

Keith holds a B.A.from Northeastern University, an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and has attended several executive seminars including Governing for Nonprofit Excellence: Critical Issues for Board Leadership at Harvard Business School. He has lived, worked, studied or traveled to over 30 countries and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Japanese. He and his wife Michiko have just moved to Maui with their three year old daughter Harmony
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At 10:49am on November 2, 2009, Roxanne Darling said…
Welcome Keith - I was just on Maui a week ago...sorry to have missed you. Hope to be back though so there will be more times to connect. I am founder of the Social Media Club - Hawaii Chapter - which we aim to be statewide. LMK if you plan to be on Oahu. Aloha, Rox
At 3:18pm on October 30, 2009, Patrick Ahler said…
What's up Keith? Been here in Hawaii for 5 years and never been to Maui... how sad is that! How do you like it?
At 3:15am on October 5, 2009, Moriba Jah said…
Sorry Keith...out of town till Oct 10th.

Will tag up soon.

At 1:50pm on October 4, 2009, Daniel Leuck said…
Yes, I've had some exchanges with Gina and Kyle (Director of Partner Design & Development) when we did the first 100% complete Japanese localized Ning network and about another unrelated matter.

For something like the email notifications issue I typically just create a ticket in the help center. They are pretty good about responding.
At 1:21pm on October 4, 2009, Daniel Leuck said…
Aloha Keith. Welcome to TechHui and to Hawaii! We are happy to have you in the community.

re: The lack of message content in notification emails

That is my #1 complaint as well. We are more concerned with convenience for our members than clicks. This decision should certainly be left to the network creator.

That being said, we are generally happy with the platform for communities like TechHui. We are also augmenting Ning with widgets from our platform, Ooi (polls, surveys, quote of the day w/ voting, etc.) There are some other, more cutting edge things come soon, including a possible work around for the empty email notifications. We will make sure to keep everyone posted.

Feel free to swing by our office the next time you are on Oahu.
At 1:34pm on October 3, 2009, Doug Hagan said…
Hi Keith, I'm bummed we're going to miss. My wife is going to be at the MCC Nursing booth and I need to fly support with our 7 month old. Next time I will read your post more carefully in advance, I was thinking this was a lunch date. Hope to catch you on the next pass. --Doug
At 9:38am on October 3, 2009, Anders Friberg said…
Welcome to Maui!
Clearly a great place to live if you have the opportunity. We moved here 2 years ago and love our rainy life on the north shore. Hope to meet up some day. Maybe a Tech Hui Maui group that meets a few times a year?
At 2:58pm on September 28, 2009, Harley Powers Parks said…
Cool. I see how you and Peter Kay would strike it up. Welcome to Hawaii.


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