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Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

July 24th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Government, Startups, Technology

On Tuesday, a Big Island innovation lab and coworking space will officially become a part of a statewide family. Although I was born and raised on Oahu, I have a deep affection for Hilo. It’s where I met my wife, while studying (well, “studying”) at UH Hilo, and it’s a place I take every opportunity […]

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Mbloom Funds Mbloom Founders’ Startups [UPDATED]

July 10th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Startups, Technology

The Maui-based technology fund mbloom, cofounded by local entrepreneur Arben Kryeziu and California-based Nick Bicanic, today announced its first two investments: $350,000 each in Flikdate, a real-time video dating service, and Ozolio, a live HD webcam hosting service. The mbloom team definitely knows the companies they’re investing in well: Bicanic is the founder and CEO of Flikdate, and Kryeziu is […]

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Hawaii Geek Beat: Space Apps

May 6th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Science, Technology, Video

Space, the final frontier, was the theme of this week’s appearance on Hawaii News Now, chosen in honor of UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko. Filippenko, who is known worldwide for his scientific achievements as well as his efforts to bring astrophysics to the masses, will be our guest on Bytemarks Cafe tomorrow afternoon, and is the […]

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Cyber Hui to Celebrate Security-Savvy Students

April 26th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Education, Events, Technology

Next Saturday, the Cyber Hui is hosting its Cyber Hui Celebration at The Box Jelly in Kakaako, presenting trophies to the to three teams from the Kukui Cup cyber security scrimmage (not to be confused with the other Kukui Cup competition). As a virtual competition, the school whose computer systems were targeted in the exercise was […]

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Hawaii Geek Beat: Local Apps for Drivers, Gardeners

April 24th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Technology, Television, Video

On this week’s “Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now, we featured more locally-grown apps. Of course, we could barely scratch the surface in explaining each, so here’s more background on RouteView HNL, Pic-A-Papaya, and The Plant Doctor. RouteView HNL This app for iOS allows a simple and elegant way to check the view from […]

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Dogecoin dares to take root in Hawaii

February 12th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, Startups, Technology

Wow! Such Amaze! A cryptocurrency launched largely for laughs is already starting to shift into a serious business, and Honolulu is feeling some of the first ripples. Dogecoin is a form of digital currency similar to bitcoin, but it’s inspired by an internet meme involving photos of Shiba Inu dogs and funny captions written in […]

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Hawaii Geek Beat: Facebook Paper, Flappy Bird

February 11th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Social Media, Technology, Video

This morning’s “Hawaii Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now focused on a couple of new offerings from Facebook as the massive social networking site celebrated its tenth birthday. First, there were the “Look Back” videos that compiled a photographic retrospective of users’ history on Facebook (here’s mine, fittingly starring my wife Jen).  If you […]

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Latest Startup Weekend Honolulu Winners Named

February 9th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Events, Hawaii, Startups, Technology

The first Startup Weekend Honolulu of 2014 wrapped up tonight at The Box Jelly, with the final pitches and judging closing out 54 hours of creativity and entrepreneurial activity. And the winners are: Honorable Mention: Tidy Panda An app to fix the bad roommate problem, sorting out chores and facilitating communication while generating revenue through […]

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Drones Over Hawaii

January 28th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government, Hawaii, Technology, Video

This morning’s “Hawaii Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now focused on the increasing popularity and promise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones. While drones are frequently associated with military operations, the commercial applications of the technology are even more interesting. Over the holiday season, online retailer Amazon made headlines by demonstrating a prototype drone […]

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Hawaii Bitcoin Group Grows [with Q&A]

January 11th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Technology

Bitcoins have been around for five years. In 2010, the cryptocurrency was worth a fraction of a cent, an early fan spending 10,000 of them on a pizza. With the price of Bitcoins often hovering $1,000 each, those 10,000 Bitcoins would be worth $10 million. Bitcoins are now in the headlines on a regular basis (but […]

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