Maui TechOhana meetings, organized by the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. , and supported by the County of Maui, provide an informal networking opportunity open to anyone interested in Maui County’s technology industry. Events include a short presentation on a relevant topic in business or technology, followed by the opportunity to talk with others with similar professional interests.

Maui TechOhana – December 9, 2020

We’re All Startups Again

Guest Speaker : Doug Nelson, Founder, President & CEO, Kinection

Whether you call it the “Post-COVID landscape,” the “big reset,” or the “new normal,” it’s clear that we need to adapt our businesses in order to survive and thrive. Our markets, our channels, and even our customers have changed, and will likely continue to for the foreseeable future. 

How can we adapt our products and services so that we meet our customers where they are and continue to provide value? How can we find new customers to serve? How can we take advantage of new opportunities that didn’t exist last year?

These are questions startups face daily. This talk will cover some practical techniques from the startup world that can help professionals and businesses to (re)connect with customers, (re)imagine themselves, and (re)discover product – market fit. We’ll look at some local examples and you’ll consider how you can apply the techniques to your situation. Because when markets, channels, customers and products are in flux, we’re all startups again.

About the Speaker

Doug Nelson is an educator, entrepreneur, and startup coach who’s made Maui home since 2007. His company Kinection designs experiential learning solutions for corporate, nonprofit, and government clients. Having lived and worked in Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore, he can argue with taxi drivers in Cantonese and embarrass himself in business meetings in Japanese. He’s currently partnering with business leaders to try to make sense of the “new normal” and discover innovations that deliver value by bringing people, teams, and communities together.

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“It’s a great meeting with a lot of excited and like-minded people.”

“Very friendly, informative and inspiring!”

“Valuable takeaways from hearing personal experiences with challenges and successes.”

“Amazing community gathering for networking.”

Past Maui TechOhanas

February 2020 – More than 30 Maui tech entrepreneurs braved the rain last week to come listen to, and ask questions, of the guest speaker at the latest Maui TechOhana.  Dr Isar Mostafanezhad, the founder of Oahu company Nalu Scientific, came to Maui to share his business model secrets using Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. Read More

November 2019 – One year ago the question was ‘Will it be connected?’ now people are asking ‘What will be connected and when?’” Robert Schmid, Chief IoT Technologist with Deloitte Consulting was discussing ‘Internet of Things’ with forty Maui small business owners and entrepreneurs at the recent Maui TechOhana.  Read More


August 2019 – Fun and inspirational”; “Inspiring, validating, interesting”; “Informative”; “The vibe was positive and innovative” — 90 Maui entrepreneurs gathered at MEDB’s Malcolm Center to network and listen to how Jules Kremer, Engineering Manager at Google, got to where she is today and managed to work remotely for a decade, taking contract work as a software developer.  Read More


Michael Powers at Maui TechOhana

February 2019 – A packed house gathered to network and listen to Michael Powers at the Maui TechOhana event. The February 6 event sold out two weeks prior with huge interest by the Maui tech community to learn and absorb from the experience and talent of Powers, who created the concept of YouTube Channels. Read More