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What Happened to Sopogy?

I just read that Sopogy shut down. I am surprised because I thought it was the next big thing for Hawaii with an imminent IPO. Any idea what happened?

Added by John on April 27, 2014 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

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…


Added by John on February 1, 2014 at 12:07pm — 10 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?

Added by John 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.

Added by John 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).…

Added by John 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

Added by John on December 29, 2008 at 9:45am — 226 Comments


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