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TechHui Sole Props -- Can you Email Me Your Health Insurance Situation?

I have obtained a meeting with Representative Calvin Say to discuss the prohibitive cost of health insurance for sole proprietors in the State of Hawaii, where there is no mechanism to allow sole props to enter into group buying pools. How are you handling the costs? What is it costing you? And how much has it gone up? We are paying almost $1500 a month for a family of 4 (and its very good coverage but comparable coverage for a family of four at a major employer is roughly $800-$900 per month).… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on June 2, 2009 at 8:48pm — 2 Comments

What Is Status of Honolulu for Docsis 3.0?

I'm curious if anyone knows about this. On the Mainland, pushed by FiOS, many homes in California are getting cable modem speeds of 25 and 50 mbps down thanks to the new Docsis 3.0 specs. Does Oceanic plan to roll that out here? If so, when? And what's up with HawTel's broadband strategy? They must have some sort of upgrade plans. Any thoughts?

Added by Alex Salkever on June 2, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

Act 221 -- Uncertainty Not Good For Anyone

The buzz I've been hearing from everyone in the VC and startup community is that the uncertainty over the fate of Act 221 has frozen all investments in tech companies in Hawaii. That's because no one can responsibly estimate a proper investment amount or strategy without a clear sense of the tax implications. Eliminating Act 221 entirely would actually be better than leaving the matter in limbo any longer. I am not saying that saving or killing Act 221 is good one way or the other -- both sides… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on June 1, 2009 at 7:47pm — 5 Comments

Wondering...Is There a Green Tech Business Conference in Hawaii?

Just curious. Would love to see / meet some people working in this space that are perhaps not the big names.

Added by Alex Salkever on March 2, 2009 at 9:26pm — 2 Comments

Anyone in Hawaii doing development on top of Twitter's APIs?

Just curious. I wanted to talk to someone about what's involved in building something out that piggybacks on microblogging networks. For reference, see Happy holidays!

Added by Alex Salkever on December 20, 2008 at 11:34am — 11 Comments

iPhone App Competition for Hawaii? Quick Way to Get UH Undegrads Build Experience in Software Dev for Commercial Products

Dan Leuck and I were talking a while back about this. I wonder if some angels here in Hawaii could underwrite summer programs that would select two or three teams from UH or other local university students to develop a commercial iPhone app over the course of a summer. This could be a paid internship. The iPhone market has really blown open the commercial software market because it completely solves the distribution platform problem and it lays bare how cheaply and quickly quality apps can be… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on December 7, 2008 at 3:02pm — 9 Comments

Great Video on Software Startups from Hubspot Founder Dharmesh Shah

The key take-aways from this excellent video:

*VC money is really expensive because you spend so much energy getting it. Build a product instead.
*Write a blog not a biz plan
*Your ideas suck. So get started anyway.

Added by Alex Salkever on December 1, 2008 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment


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