Episode 616: #BlueStartups & Fiber to East Maui – June 17, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Dan Masutomi, Senator Kalani English, Bill Sides

First up, Blue Startups is hosting a discussion called Fundraising in the COVID era with Canaan Principal Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka at their upcoming Insights for Resiliency webinar. Rayfe will discuss what has changed in the current fundraising environment. What can entrepreneurs expect from venture capitalists today given the shifting social and economic landscape? This takes place on Monday, June 22, 2020, at 1:00pm.

We then welcome, Dan Masutomi, Director of Network Optimization & Subsea Engineering at Hawaiian Telcom, Senator Kalani English, representing Hana, Upcountry Maui, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi and Kahoʻolawe, and Bill Sides part of the Hana Broadband Committee. They’re here to tell us about running fiber along the road to East Maui and Hana.

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Episode 609: XLR8HI preX and Safe2 App – April 29, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Omar Sultan, Mitra Ardron, Eric Jones

First off, don’t forget, applications to the Blue Startups Cohort #12 accelerator program closes tomorrow, Thursday, April 30th. The new start date for the program is to be determined. Stay tuned for more updates and in the meantime, check out what it means to be part of the Blue Startups accelerator program by going to Blue Startups.com.

Then, Omar Sultan from XLR8HI and Sultan Ventures joins us to tell us about the preX program. Deadline to apply is May 8, 2020.

Then we welcome Mitra Ardron and Eric Jones to the show. Mitra is a serial social entrepreneur & innovator, working in the fields of technology for good, most recently at the Internet Archives. Meanwhile, Eric Jones is a seasoned disaster planner, exercise conductor, crisis manager and recently with the American Red Cross. We talk about contact tracing, Apple/Google API and the Safe2 app.

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Episode 607: Google Analytics & HSTE Virtual Office Hours – April 15, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Daniel Liu, Cecilia Chung, Shane Asselstine

Blue Startups Cohort #12 application deadline has been Extended. They said, “In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to extend our application deadline for Cohort #12 until April 30. The new start date for the program is to be determined as well. Stay tuned for more updates! For more information you can go to BlueStartups.com

First up we have Daniel Liu from Google who joins us to talk about the upcoming HACC 2020 Google Analytics Workshop.

Then we’re joined by Cecilia Chung and Shane Asselstine from the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education to talk about supporting teachers through their virtual office hours.

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Episode 601: Founders Mixer, CS Day at the Capitol & Digital Currency Innovation Lab – March 4, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Ellen Ng, David Miyashiro, Iris Ikeda (by phone)

First up, if you are interested in the startup world, Blue Startups is having a Founders Mixer on Thursday, March 5! You can meet the Blue Startups team, and take the opportunity to pitch your idea, startup, or skill while networking with Hawaii’s entrepreneurial community.

Then, David Miyashiro from Hawaii Kids Can joins us to tell us about the upcoming Computer Science Day at the Capitol.

Finally, Iris Ikeda from the Division of Financial Institutions – DCCA and Ellen Ng from HTDC to talk about the Digital Currency Innovation Lab and how you can test out your crypto currency idea in Hawaii.

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Episode 568: Blue Startups Demo Day, IEEE DL Lectures and Agriculture Initiatives – July 17, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Sharon Hurd, Chenoa Farnsworth, Steven Minakami

We’ve got a full load today, Chenoa Farnsworth from Blue Startups joins us to give us the details on the Cohort 11 demo day. Then Steven Minakami from the IEEE tells us about the upcoming Distinguished Lecturer event on the topic of 5G. Right after our break, we have Sharon Hurd from the Department of Agriculture join us to talk about agriculture in Hawaii and the upcoming Western Area State Department of Agriculture conference.

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Episode 558: PACT Makery and Nalu Scientific

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Kris Keahiolalo, Chris Bock, Isar Mostafanezhad

First up, Blue Startups will have an open house on Wednesday May 15, 5:15 PM – 8:00PM. This is your chance to meet the companies of Cohort #11. Sign up here to join the fun. Next, Kristopher Keahiolalo, from the non-profit Parents and Children Together tells us about their Makery Program. Call 808-842-7093 for more info. Then, we have Isar Mostafanezhad founder and CEO of Nalu Scientific tell us about starting a technology company and how his company got recognized as Most Innovative by Hawaii Business.

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Episode 540: Purple Prize and East Meets West #EMW19 – Jan 2, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Alec Wagner, Chenoa Farnsworth

First, we hear from Alec Wagner about the upcoming Purple Prize deadline and the Connection Phase process. Then, we hear from Chenoa Farnsworth, Managing Partner at Blue Startups about the East Meets West Conference and Hawaii strategic importance connecting both sides of the Pacific.

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Episode 515: Car Sharing HUI, @BlueStartups Demo Day, IEEE EMB Conference – July 11, 2018

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Aaron Ohta, Maya Rogers, Mark Fukunaga, Ryan Ozawa

We’ve got a full schedule today. First, we hear from Mark Fukunaga about Servco’s new car sharing app HUI. Then Maya Rogers joins us to let us know about Blue Startups Cohort 10 Demo Day happening on July 20th. Then, we learn about the state of the art in biomed engineering from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society annual conference happening here next week. Organizers Dr. Aaron Ohta and Dr. Jim Weiland are here to fill us in.

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Episode 510: Kamaʻaina Come Home with Blue Startups – June 6, 2018

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Vanessa Henao, Traven Watase, Ryan Ozawa

First, we hear about the upcoming VERGE Conference from Mark Glick, who’s with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. You can get a 20% discount as a listener of Bytemarks Cafe by using this discount code: VH18HNEI by registering at VERGE Conference which happens on June 12-14.

Then we talk to a couple of kamaʻaina who’ve come home to kickstart their startups. We’ll talk to Venessa Henao of Immersely and Traven Watase from Scholars App, both part of the latest cohort of the Blue Startups tech accelerator.

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Episode 497: Elemental Excelerator & the Maui Energy Conference – Mar 7, 2018

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Chenoa Farnsworth, Ryan Ozawa, Aki Marceau 

First up we talk to Chenoa Farnsworth from Blue Startups about the open call for Cohort 10. Then we learn about the Maui Energy Conference from Frank De Rego from MEDB and Aki Marceau from the Elemental Excelerator. The Elemental Excelerator will be hosting a reverse pitch at the conference and streaming it live on March 15th at 10:30am HST from their Facebook page.

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