Join us for the next Maui TechOhana

December 2, 2021

5:00PM – 6:30PM (Virtual)

Ready to Launch: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

Alex Fielding will join the next TechOhana Talk Story event, charting his journey of self-discovery as a techie and entrepreneur. His travels included stops at Cisco, Apple and NASA, moving on to Ripcord in the land of robotic digitization and now takes a turn heavenward at Privateer Space where “the sky is no longer the limit.” Privateer will create the first accurate map of objects in lower Earth orbits and develop innovative green space technologies. Along the way, Alex has attracted fellow travelers and investors in tech, including the “Woz”– Steve Wozniak. Now living on Maui, Alex is eager to help build the County’s tech business ecosystem while tackling issues of global importance.

Speaker Bio

As CEO & Chairman of Privateer Space, Alex Fielding is responsible for supporting the leadership, vision and execution of the company. Fielding started his career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and Apple. Shortly after departing Apple, he worked at Exodus Communications with Ellen Hancock, Exodus’ CEO who was Apple’s former CTO. He co-founded GPS company Wheels of Zeus with Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak in 2001, which was sold in 2006. Alex was Chief Technology Officer, at Power Assure and then Vice President at Vigilent before starting Ripcord while a contractor at NASA working for the CTO. Alex was CEO at Ripcord from 2014-2021 and remains on the Board of Directors. Alex is on the Board of Directors of The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME). He is on the mentor board of Orange Fab and an advisor to Astra Space.

He is an active contributor to the IETF. He is a founding member of Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center and co-author on several patent applications.







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.


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