TalkStory and BigKahuna.net working together to reach different markets always end up in the same place…
January 20th, 2013 by gkraft
I have been writing for my www.talkstory.com and www.bigkahuna.net for many years now (about 15yrs) and my website the BigKahuna Network is aimed at sharing my career experience as a Entrepreneur, I end doing similar POST’s here on TalkStory.com.
TalkStory.com is aimed at people sharing their story’s.
BigKahuna.net is aimed at my sharing my long Entrepreneur experience.
The experience I gained working in the MRTC (State of Hawaii) Business Incubator in Kihei, Maui was the reason I decided to work towards helping and consulting for other Entrepreneur’s even if they were not in a Business Incubator but working out of their homes…
I received a visit during our DiagSoft COMDEX show from a contingent of Hawaiians (10+) sent by Hawaii to find possible High Technology companies to move to Hawaii for the Hawaiian economy and future growth. Shortly afterwards I received a letter signed by the Governor of Hawaii asking me to consider relocating DiagSoft to Hawaii. At my next DiagSoft Board of Directors meeting, I presented the letter from the Governor of Hawaii to our Intel Board Member, he said, we have no problem with that. Two days later I was in Oahu visiting the State of Hawaii’s Manoa Innovation Center. They told me about another State Incubator in Maui with a planned Supercomputer Center as part of it. That night I was in Maui. I rented a large office from the State of Hawaii Business Incubator that included office furniture, Internet connection, and a Business Library, shared Conference Room, etc. DiagSoft, Inc Pacific Rim HQ was open for business. It was 1992!
I founded Big Kahuna Productions a dba owned by DiagSoft, Inc. with my brother in law Chris King, and shortly after that, Richard Mann from Aptos joined us. The purpose of Big Kahuna Productions was to do 3D animation for Interactive Computer Based Learning, Richard had his own Video Production company and worked with Chris and I on video’s we decided we needed, he also did several Maui Television commercials, like the Hyatt Regency Kanapali Golf Tournament that was on national television. Chris found 3 people in Maui, and we had David Cox from Aptos a 3D animator to train the new hires in Maui on 3D Studio MAX. Donald Harris a close friend came and visited with us in Maui, the longest time was about two weeks… I had Evan Lau and Rick Farrington working in the Maui DiagSoft for several months.
One day Evan called and said “we go to China with the Governor!” I said what? Evan and I went to Hong Kong and Taipei with the Governor of Hawaii, DiagSoft was presented by the Governor as one example of High Tech in Hawaii on the Hawaii Aloha on Tour trade mission, we were accompanied by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The meeting in Hong Kong had about 300+ of Hong Kongs top corporation Executives and Investors. Hong Kong showed great respect for the Governor of Hawaii, it was on this trade mission that I learned that Hawaii was 63% asian. We had a red carpet entry in Hong Kong and a Dragon reception and parade, awesome experience for me and all of us from Hawaii, which included Kona Coffee, and many other Hawaiian companies as part of this trade mission. Hong Kong turned out the red carpet, I was introduced by the Governor and spoke to the large gathering of Hong Kong’s elite. QAPlus was famous in both Hong Kong and Taipei. Taipei also had a red carpet and Dragon parade reception, and an equally large group of Taiwans top Business Executives. Truly an awesome experience for DiagSoft, Inc.
aloha and mahalo
Gordon H Kraft