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‘Shark Tank’ this Friday: A Local Girl’s Pitching Cropsticks

Just ask Mylen Fe Yamamoto. When we interviewed her a year ago, her Kickstarter for her new invention, Cropsticks, was just 24 percent funded. Cropsticks took the viral hack of snapping off the top of your disposable chopsticks to make a holder and built it into a patented, environmentally friendly product. In the last 13 months, this Moanalua High School graduate got funded by Kickstarter, left her full-time job as a university instructor, made repeated trips to China to perfect

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Moanalua Grad’s Chopsticks Earn ‘Shark Tank’ Invite

Moanalua High School graduate Mylen Yamamoto was on a flight to Singapore in 2015 when she came up with a revolutionary take on disposable chopsticks. “My chopsticks kept rolling off the tray table,” she said. “I said to myself, ‘There’s got to be a better way!’” Her solution is Cropsticks, environmentally friendly disposable chopsticks made from bamboo which include a detachable “hashioki,” or chopstick rest, to keep them off tabletops when not in use. Yamamoto and her business partners raised $21,000 last year

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#StartupsEverywhere: Tarik Sultan (Honolulu, HI)

#StartupsEverywhere Profile: Tarik Sultan, Founder and Managing Partner of Sultan Ventures, Honolulu, HI This profile is part of #StartupsEverywhere, an ongoing series highlighting startup leaders in ecosystems across the country. This interview has been edited for length, content, and clarity.   What’s your role in your ecosystem? My “day jobs” are as Founder and Managing Partner of Sultan Ventures, an investment firm, and Founder and Managing Partner of XLR8UH, the

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Lean Startup Methodology Touted at MEDB Workshop

Omar Sultan and Jacob Butters of Sultan Ventures and XLR8UH shared the benefits of the Lean Startup methodology, a principled approach to new product development during MEDB’s Business Model Canvas & Lean Startup Overview workshop on February 15th at the MEDB Malcolm Center in Kihei. Photo by: Linn Nishikawa The old adage, “if you build it they will come” flew out the door during Maui Economic Development Board’s “Business Model Canvas & Lean Startup Overview” workshop held on February 15th. In its

My 48 hours inside Hawaii’s ‘startup paradise’

XLR8UH presents as part of the ecosystem tour at East Meets West 2017. I take my coffee on the beach. It’s the serenest morning I can remember. I sit on a lounge chair in front of a manmade lagoon and watch pairs of people slide across the water in paddleboats. Beyond, past sand that sparkles in the sun that’s just the right amount of warm, stretches the ocean to the horizon. The sky can’t get any clearer. Every once in a

Two power-packed workshops kick-off MEDB’s Startup Weekend Maui Series

Maui Economic Development Board workshops focus on helping entrepreneurs build foundations for business success. Here, Gerry Smith speaks to workshop attendees. PHOTO BY MEDB. January 26, 2017 Lahaina News KIHEI – Next month, Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) will offer two power-packed workshops as part of its 2017 Startup Weekend Maui Series. Entrepreneurs interested in jumpstarting their new business or fine-tuning their existing business are encouraged to attend either or both of these sessions. Workshops will be held at MEDB’s

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Two workshops kick off MEDB’s Startup Weekend Maui Series

Gerry Smith The Maui Economic Development Board will offer two workshops in February as part of its 2017 Startup Weekend Maui Series. Entrepreneurs interested in jump-starting their new business or fine-tuning their existing business are encouraged to attend either or both of these sessions. Workshops will be held at MEDB’s Malcolm Center, located at 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 5, in Kihei. During MEDB’s workshop “Pinching Your Pennies: Finance for Small Businesses” from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9, attendees will

Tarik Sultan’s capital ventures

Tarik Sultan The venture capitalist talks about his prescription for success Jan 20, 2017, 5:00am HST Tarik Sultan said at first his firm focused on filling operational roles in management and gaps in management, but has since moved to more “true venture activities, like investing in startups and raising funding for startups.” View the original article here

The Future of Farming

THE FUTURE OF FARMING Hawaii’s advantages and disadvantages make it a good place to experiment with ag technology and innovations Lianne Yu |January, 2017 Imagine a world in which robots, drones and artificial intelligence plant, monitor, harvest, and deliver your food. This may sound like science fiction, but it is, in fact, the emerging reality in farming. “We’re seeing robots that can plant, water and seed a 10-by-10 plot, pick strawberries and shake mac nut trees. There are infrared sensors to