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Google manager to share tips for working remotely

Jules Kremer

Google engineering manager Jules Kremer will be the guest speaker at the next Maui TechOhana meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Malcolm Center in Kihei. Presented by Maui Economic Development Board, Maui TechOhana offers an opportunity for Maui entrepreneurs with an interest in technology to network and to learn from invited speakers.

Kremer has spent more than 20 years in the tech industry focused on software development and business strategy. She joined Google in 2010, leading a global team of strategists and analysts focused on strategic market intelligence.

“I hope to share stories from my journey that will help others realize you can do almost anything,” said Kremer, who recently landed her dream job as engineering manager for Web Frameworks (including Angular) at Google. “Career success does not have to be a linear progression through ‘the ranks’ and we each get to define what our version of professional contentment looks like.”

Calling Maui home for the last four years, Kremer has worked remotely for a decade, taking contract work as a software developer.

She will share the story of how she got to be where she is today, the hard work she put in and some tips she discovered along the way that could help others increase the probability of success working remotely from Maui.

“One of the most challenging aspects of working from Hawaii is perception as it is often reality, the idea of someone actually working from Hawaii can be incredulous for many people. Once you’ve conquered the perception that you are working instead of laying on a beach drinking pina coladas, working with time zones will prove challenging, especially if you are working with folks outside of the PST time zone,” said Kremer.

Other challenges she will discuss will be maintaining a network and the expense and time to travel when face to face is a necessity.

“Maui entrepreneurs will benefit tremendously from Jules Kremer’s vast experience and knowledge,” said Gerry Smith, MEDB director of business development. “A speaker at the Hawaii Small Business Conference in May and a coach of MEDB’s Startup Weekend Maui, she has a big passion for inspiring others to succeed.”

More than 95 Maui small-business owners and entrepreneurs attended the last Maui TechOhana meeting in February and a similar packed house is expected this month. MEDB’s Maui TechOhana is supported by Maui County’s Office of Economic Development.

The Malcolm Center is at 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 5. The event is free with pupu and refreshments served. For more details and to RSVP, visit www.mauitechohana.com.