Myth and Reality

Steve Petranik

Entrepreneurism is hip and it seems that everyone has a plan for their own business. It also appears that, more than ever, there are resources to support startups, both locally and nationally, including accelerators, college courses, government programs and more. The reality over the past three decades is less bright, according to the Ewing Marion Read the full article…


The Best of Startup Paradise 2017

Dave Dondoneau

Startup Paradise Is Good for All of Us. Everyone in Hawaii can and should be  an advocate and champion for Startup Paradise, because we all benefit from a vibrant startup culture, says Meli James, president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. One benefit is a startup culture helps keep young kamaaina in the Islands and Read the full article…

Owner Max Tsai supplied the T in TC Kokua's name back when it was launched in 2001. A few months later, 9/11 happened and the economy turned south. Today, the company is the black. Photography by Chris J. Evans.

Local-Kine Biz: Transmitting Aloha Over the Phone

Jackie M. Young

When Max Tsai and Matt Cooley were college roommates at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the ‘90s, both were “unimpressed” with the customer call center service they received from companies. “Whether you have to call your utility company or cell phone company, you have to go through a call center,” explains Tsai, 49, president and Read the full article…

(left to right) Steve Petranik, Jane Kikawa, Ken Gilbert, Lari Zelinsky-Bloom, Kevin Kaji, Bronson Chang, Michael Scott, Bobby Senaha, and Lilly Ohno. Photo by Kurt Stevens.

ICYMI: What it Takes to Innovate in a Family Business

Kira Chong Tim

Couldn’t make it to yesterday’s Lunch & Learn seminar? Not to worry. Here’s what you missed: • Innovation in a family business is different from innovation in other kinds of businesses. The first step is often an innovation and reinvention in the family dynamics and relationships, otherwise any kind of innovation might be blocked. • Read the full article…