2012 – A Year of Growth, Endurance and “GSD”
Thinking back on the past year at The Box Jelly (now BoxJelly), all we can say is that it has been an amazing ride. Building the new BoxJelly was much harder than we anticipated it would be—we really want to thank you, our community, for having the patience to stick with us through months and months of drilling, sawing, hammering, and dust (hopefully there won’t be any long term health effects).
Thanks to the entire Hawaii Startup Community for embracing BoxJelly and looking at us now as a peer; we are expecting big things from you all. When we started BoxJelly we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We wanted to create a place and environment where people could take their visions and create new businesses, just like we personally needed to do. So far the experiment is working beyond what we expected. I’m very proud of all the Jellys who came walking through our doors. We had some success stories, but most importantly we had people take risk, fail, but come back with other ideas and concepts. To see that commitment, hustle and drive for success has made us very proud of where the Honolulu Startup Community is going as a whole.
A big Mahalo to the BoxJelly Ohana, you make work fun and worthwhile. So thank you to our team past and present: Bryan, Matt, Sam, Hasan, Brandon, Jenn, Dayne, Lux, Amy, Ben, Devin and the HI Cap crew. We also want to recognize our mentors who we have chosen to remain secret (you know who you are). These ninjas of the startup community keep us on our toes and let us know when we’ve screwed up. Also thank you to our girlfriends & ex-girlfriends who stay patient with us—we truly appreciate the support. Lastly we want to thank our families for their support and swift kicks in the butt when we need to get sh*t done.
In the coming year we are renewing our commitment to do everything we can to make Hawaii the best possible place to work and live. In 2013 we will be focusing on developing new programs, including the Honolulu Tech Meetup & Startup Weekend NEXT in partnership with other community members, Jelly Works (Workshops/Art Shows) and other initiatives.
We are also happy to announce that with the addition of our new classroom we will be starting JumpSchool, an education program focused on teaching our local youth entrepreneurship and 21st century skills. Our continued support of young Jellys in our local universities will remain strong, through our partnership with Blue Startups and hopefully a diverse range of incubators and accelerators. We are working to get teams formed, ideas developed, companies started and funded. There are some exciting partnerships with non-profits in the works as well, which we are really looking forward to.
Looking forward to the New Year, Biggie said it best:
While we out here, say the “Hustlers Prayer.”If the game shakes me or breaks me, I hope it makes me a better man.Take a better stand, put money in my mom’s hand. Get my daughter this college plan so she don’t need no man. Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it
And live the phrase “sky’s the limit…”
Work the way you live.
Rechung Fujihira and Anthony Stanford
Honolulu, December 31, 2012.