Tech entrepreneur to speak at February Maui TechOhana

He created concept of YouTube Channels

MICHAEL POWERS, Guest speaker

Tech entrepreneur and investor Michael Powers will be the guest speaker at the next Maui TechOhana presented by the Maui Economic Development Board from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Cohana at the Maui Research & Technology Center in Kihei.

The talk is free with pupu and refreshments served. For more details and to RSVP, visit www.mauitechohana.com.

Powers was the second product manager at YouTube where he created the concept of YouTube Channels. He was the founder or early team member of six internet startups, including two acquired by Google.

He is currently living on Maui and continuing to act as an angel investor and adviser to companies such at TaskRabbit (gig marketplace), Turo (car sharing), TurningArt (art print rental), Insight Engines (machine learning) and Origin (blockchain open marketplaces).

In addition to startups, he’s held senior positions with Apple, Xerox and Google, and most recently was the senior vice president/general manager of GameSpot and four other gaming properties at CBS Interactive.

“I hope that attendees will gain a better understanding of what steps they can take to start and grow their business online from Maui — how to develop ideas online, attract investment, and how take advantage of new platform technologies such as cloud services, blockchains and mobile development innovations,” said Powers. “They should take away an understanding of remote job opportunities in the ‘gig’ economy and ways for tech contractors here on Maui to seek additional work emanating from tech hubs such as the Bay area.”

“Michael Powers was a judge at our November Startup Weekend Maui and we are grateful to have his knowledge and experience made available to Maui entrepreneurs in this forum,” said Gerry Smith, MEDB director of business development. “The local tech community will benefit greatly from learning about his successes and failures while having the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals.”

Hosting the event at the Cohana co-working space will give people who aren’t familiar with co-working a chance to see what these facilities are all about. Hawaii Technology Development Corp.’s Cohana provides premium amenities for freelancers and entrepreneurs of Maui.

More than 35 Maui small-business owners and entrepreneurs attended the last Maui TechOhana meeting in June.

MEDB’s Maui TechOhana is supported by The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. The meetings provide an informal networking opportunity open to anyone interested in Maui’s innovation and business industry.

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