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August 2019


Russel Cheng Coming to The Box Jelly October 19th

Career entrepreneur, Russel Cheng will be at The Box Jelly on Wednesday, October 19th to advise on business development and marketing. He offers specialized insight to non-traditional business models and generation.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Russel’s expertise are in entrepreneurship, startups, fundraising, web and mobile applications, business development and marketing in US, Japan, China and Asia. He won a Cannes Gold Lion and holds a patent for his mobile invention related to authenticating identity and verifying age.

Russel joined Oceanit as an entrepreneur to help commercialize nanotechnology, wind energy and mobile applications developed within the Hawaii-based science and engineering firm. He joined Oceanit from Microsoft in Japan where he built the Regional Marketing team and Branded Entertainment in Asia. Prior to Microsoft, he was the digital director at Beacon Communications, founder and managing director at Organic and co-founder and CEO of XM Asia.

He is currently co-founder of the startup Beebleo, an eBook marketplace and founder of StartupHui, a startup incubator designed to help web-technology startups build better products.

You or your party can reserve to meet with Russel on Wednesday, October 19th from 9am to 3pm at The Box Jelly which is located  inside the furniture store, fishcake.

Walk-ins are welcome, however reservations take priority. Call The Box Jelly at 808-429-0665 during operating hours (M-F 10am – 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am – 6pm), or email See you there!


Recap: Founder Institute visits The Box Jelly

On Wednesday we hosted Keith Powers and Ted Gaubert the men bringing The Founder Institute to Maui early next year. We had a good turn out at the event and it is exciting to be in the middle of so many positive changes in the community. The Maui Founder Institute will be a full time program attempting to draw local talent as well as a talent from the mainland and abroad. On top of those participating mentors will be flown in from the mainland to mentor the fledgling startups.

Here is an article from Maui Time about the kite surfers changing the game.


Wine into Water

Hey Jelly fans out there, we just wanted to let you know what creative shenanigans we are up to over at The Box Jelly!  Lately Tony, aka “Sicily” has been been turning our empty wine bottles into reusable drinking cups.  No kidding!  The process is simple and great for the environment and your wallet 🙂

You gather up your empty wine bottles after the last shindig, art show, or dance party and clean them then and remove the labels.  After that you choose the size of the cup you  want to create by scoring the sides with the glass cutter/bottle scorer thing.  You are then ready to do the magic and most crucial part.  Tony has an innate skill for pouring just the right amounts of cold vs hot water that actually causes the class to break, ideally along the score line.  You pour just boiled water over the bottle, rotate to touch all sides, then take ice cold water and repeat the process.  I watched him do it and its quite an edgy experience, no pun intended ;)!

After the edges are sanded what you end up with is a great looking, unique, and locally hand made drinking glass.  Just fill with your favorite beverage, whether water, wine, or grape drink!!  Then come on over to The Box Jelly lounge and read a great novel hand picked by TBJ’s own curators.  If you want to take home a glass for yourself they are on sale right in the Fishcake General Store where we are located.

Take time to celebrate the small miracles of sustainable efforts at The Box Jelly, cheers!!


Hi-Capacity All Hands on Deck!!!

HI Capacity is a community of developers who have been very busy building a community of do-ers here in Hawai’i. They have been active in programming meetups every Saturday and are involved in various activities/events on the island including, Arduino nights, home brewing, mobile food trucks apps, Node Knockout, Startup Weekend, to Ignite.


HI Capacity will be having an All-Hands Meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30pm at The Box Jelly where they will cover:

  • Membership
  • Hours of operations
  • Guidelines
  • Restrictions
  • Vision for HI Capacity and our future Makerspace


There has been a lot of interest from HI Capacity members and the maker community to open a Makerspace. That day has finally come! To keep the movement going, they are opening an interim makerspace at The Box Jelly on Monday, October 10.


Visit the HI Capacity’s well informed website and their Membership Page to learn more and sign up!


Founders Institute is Coming to Hawaii

The Founder Institute Startup Incubator is coming to Hawaii
Join us Monday night, October 3rd, 7:00 – 8:15
Please join us for an informal question and answer information session
about our plans to bring the Founder Institute incubator to Hawaii.
This meeting is open for anyone to attend.

About the Founder Institute:
The Founder Institute is a business incubator and executive training
program for high tech entrepreneurs. The Founder Institute brings
together experienced CEOs and Founders in a collaborative environment
with a goal to help launch 1,000 companies per year worldwide. Through
weekly sessions guided by renowned CEOs, the Founder Institute breeds
disciplined founders ready to lead the next generation of high-tech
companies.  To graduate from the program, participants need to
actually form a company. As of the Summer of 2010, The Founder
Institute is one of the worlds fastest growing incubators with
chapters in 15 cities worldwide, has launched 300 companies, and has
developed a network over 500 experienced Founder and CEO Mentors. The
Founder Institute believes that Great People + World Class Training +
Aligned Incentives = Exponentially Better Chance of Success.

Who will be presenting:
The Co-Directors of the Founder Institute are Keith Powers and Ted Gaubert.

Keith Powers has been active in start-ups, investments and building
world-class companies, organizations and community development
projects for over 15 years. He is an advisor to several startups and
is a Co-Founder of The Aloha Initiative, a successful program to bring
Japanese families that were displaced by the March 2011 Earthquake,
tsunami and nuclear tragedy to Hawaii. He has been active with the
Founder Institute since its inception.

Ted Gaubert has a long-standing passion for entrepreneurship and
innovation.  He previously worked with the Austin Technology Incubator
in collaboration with the Austin Chamber of Commerce to help start the
Biosciences Incubator in Austin, Texas.   He serves on the scientific
advisory board for the North Texas Enterprise Center, a technology
incubator in Frisco, Texas.  He has extensive hands-on experience in
founding and managing his own start-ups, in addition to being involved
in promoting technology entrepreneurship in the community.


Social Media and the Law

Social Media is life. It has become second nature to us all but do you understand the power of your words? Building relationships with your customers via social media has revolutionized the way we all do business. Have you thought about what happens when social media goes wrong? On Wednesday the 28th at 6pm The Box Jelly will be hosting Ryan Hew to delve into various causes of action someone may take against you for using social media. Perhaps more importantly Ryan will explain how you and your company can be proactive to stay out of harms way.



Startups and the Law with Ryan Hew

In preparation for Startup Weekend. Ryan Hew will be giving a short talk on Startups and the Law on Wednesday the 21stat 6pm for the low price of five dollars. He will be specifically going into the differences between various business entities. We are looking to having Ryan speak regularly at The Box Jelly.

He may look young but here are Ryan’s creds:

“Born and raised in Hawaii, I attended Punahou School and the University of Pennsylvania, where I obtained degrees in History and Political Science.

I returned to Hawaii to work in the State Legislature as a Legislative Aide and Office Manager before attending Gonzaga University School of Law. While obtaining my Juris Doctorate I pursued a Masters in Business Administration. I served on the Gonzaga University Board of Regents as the Law School Student Representative and served as a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office all the while studying corporate law, writing business plans, and enjoying the Spokane area. I also served as a judicial extern under Chief Judge Burns at the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals and Judge Richard Roberts of the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Upon completing my joint J.D./M.B.A. program I worked as the a Corporate Counsel at a Hawaii human resource administration firm. There I focused on contract review and drafting, training, compliance with labor and employment law and other forms of regulation affecting small and medium-sized businesses.

Recently, I have been serving as the Committee Clerk to the Hawaii House of Representatives Chair of Labor and Vice-Chair of Judiciary. With my background in law and business I now concentrate on providing affordable legal services to small businesses for their start-up and operational needs. I am an owner-operator just like so many of our local small businesses.

When not practicing law I can be found dining out, writing a food blog, playing with my iPad apps, and hanging out with my dogs.”

For more on Ryan, check out his blog.


HI Capacity | Honolulu Makerspace

HI Capacity is a community of creators. The organization focuses on bringing creative people together to engage in dynamic projects. Since its inception, amazing software has been produced within the group. HI Capacity is making waves in the tech community here in Hawai’i.

Inline with the original vision for the group, HI Capacity is partnering with The Box Jelly in search for a home. The dream is to build a makerspace where both tech and non-tech related projects will be perused by the members of HI Capacity’s community. The Box Jelly and HI Capacity are excited to be partnering together.

On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10am to 1pm, there will be a HI Capacity programming breakfast meet at The Box Jelly. At these meets, sometimes there will be talks, other times there will be hacks. Members gather together for show and tell, talk shop and try to hack the coolest new software.

For more info, or just to check out what they’re up to, go to their website.


Ignite Honolulu 1 Recap

Ignite Honolulu was created to be a social mixer for individuals on the island to meet and share common interests for projects, collaborative works, or just engage in conversation. The idea of running Ignite shows here came about when a small group of designers and developers realized there was a lack of communication between their two circles on the island. The dialog between developers and designers had to be improved in order to raise the potential of creative work coming from Hawai‘i! 



Satsang Films at The Box Jelly

The Box Jelly was honored to provide the setting for an awesome filming session directed by Salina Storozuk of Satsang Films.  Salina and crew were in full force capturing the ambiance of TBJ and Fishcake for two dynamic scenes shot for her clients commercial.  One was all glitz and glamor while the other was shot with mad street appeal featuring graf art sprayed up on the white walls and running from five-0.

Post production bliss also landed at The Box Jelly, aka all day editing sessions by Salina and Editor, Robert Bates.  The hard hitting duo were a pleasant reminder as to why we opened our doors to welcome in creative types and those who are serious about GSD (getting *#@% done)!  I can see that the business of film making is worthy of all its glory.

A make- up artist with her things sprawled on the table while adding the finishing touches to an actress before she went on camera, film equipment stretched behind the scenes and ready for the next take, and Salina directing the crew into the midnight hour, wow, we at the TBJ totally dug it!

Thank you to Salina, Robert, the Satsang crew and fishcake for helping to make our new workspace such a dynamic environment to work the way you live.