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The Startup Catalyst Podcast: Wrapping Up a Fantastic Season

by Luke Tucker

One thousand six hundred ninety. That is the amount of interview minutes we’ve recorded and published in our 30 total episodes (including bonus shows). That’s over 2.7 gigabytes worth of conversation, laughter, and yes, even some emotional moments. It’s been a fantastic ride, and this content is and always will…

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Investors - Omar Sultan, Meli James, Susan Yamada, Tarik Sultan, and Michael Pfeffer - getting ready for UberPITCH!

And the Winners of UberPITCH Are…

by Tarik Sultan

A week ago, we held Hawaii’s first #UberPITCH event to promote and support our Startup Paradise ecosystem. Sultan Ventures was honored to partner with Uber on this great initiative and bring it to Oahu and Maui. The event took place over the course of 4 hours where roughly a dozen…

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Your Investor is Arriving In a Startup Paradise Uber Near You

by Tarik Sultan

The elevator pitch is that 30-second window entrepreneurs have to grab the attention of listeners and excite potential investors. The future of one’s company can hinge on the success or failure of your elevator pitch. We coach our startups that you should “always be pitching”. Honing, improving, updating, tailoring for…

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Podcast Bonus Special Recap: Week of Blue Startups Cohort 7 Demo Day

by Luke Tucker

Last week we interviewed three different CEO’s from Blue Startups Cohort 7. The podcasts are available on iTunes, Soundcloud, or your podcast catcher of choice. Check out the 3 interviews below! Also, if you happen to be in The Bay Area this Friday, stop by the 500 Startups Mountain View…

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The Startup Catalyst™ Podcast: 45-Days in Review

by Luke Tucker

Reflecting back upon the approximately 1 and 1/2 months of the podcast, it’s been a wild ride! With about 10 guests under our belts, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some thoughts and statistics of the past 6+ weeks. We’ve been fortunate to welcome over 10…

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HVCA’s State of the Startup Investment Industry in Hawaii

by Luke Tucker

Each year, Hawaii Venture Capital Association has a “State of the Startup Investment Industry” talk with panel discussion and investor presentations reviewing and forecasting developments both locally and nationally. This year we were fortunate to attend and record the proceedings! We’ve included the audio from the event in a bonus…

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Sultan Ventures Continues Commitment To Startup Weekend

by Tarik Sultan

This past weekend, Sultan Ventures Partner Omar Sultan participated as a judge in the Maui Startup Weekend Event hosted by the Maui Economic Development Board held at the Maui Tech Park. “Our company has been involved in every Startup Weekend in Hawai‘i since the beginning, because we think it’s a…

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We’ve Launched a Podcast! Introducing The Startup Catalyst™ Podcast Show

by Luke Tucker

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our very own startup podcast. We will be interviewing entrepreneurs and investors in Hawaii and around the globe!  At Sultan Ventures, we believe in learning from others and the show is all about knowledge transfer — what inputs, experiences, tools & practices or…

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What is Slack and Why It is So Important for Your Business

by Luke Tucker

I had the opportunity to present at the Digital Marketing Summit with a Dash of SaaS Conference in Honolulu today. In addition to hosting a Startup Panel with XLR8UH Portfolio Companies Comprendio and MeetingSift, as well as Brian Rabben from Blue Startups, I prepared a presentation on the importance of…

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The Best of the Launch NY LaunchHour Twitter Chat

by Tarik Sultan

Yesterday, I was invited to participate in the Launch NY LaunchHour Twitter chat with fellow Vilcap community members. We had a wonderful and vibrant conversation addressing some serious questions facing entrepreneurs and investors everywhere. The top tweets are embedded for each answer based upon favorites or retweets. At Sultan Ventures,…

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Sultan Ventures Is Everywhere In Hawaii’s Tech Scene

by Omar Sultan

Thanks to our friends at Civil Beat for covering us in a recent article. Thank you to Jason Rushin for the piece! See the full article on Civil Beat’s website. Civil Bytes: Sultan Ventures Is Everywhere In Hawaii’s Tech Scene Some excerpts: – – Sultan Ventures [is] taking a leading…

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It Takes a Village … And a HUI – Midweek Article

by Luke Tucker

We are very fortunate to have Christina O’Connor from Midweek write a story on the recent Vilcap announcement that we are joining with a group of innovators here in the state of Hawaii that was selected as part of the Village Capital’s Inaugural Community Initiative. See article pdf posted below…

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XLR8UH Awarded $1M from Economic Development Association and University of Hawaii

by Luke Tucker

XLR8UH, the University of Hawaii’s proof of concept center and venture accelerator, has received a $500,000 grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to strengthen its commercialization projects across the state. Matching funds are provided by the University proving their commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship accomplished by XLR8UH, which Sultan…

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Proto HUB Honolulu Now Being Hosted at Sultan Ventures Offices Downtown

by Luke Tucker

Sultan Ventures is proud to host the Proto HUB members in its downtown Honolulu Headquarters. Members have access to 1,500 square feet of co-working space as well as break-out rooms and a 12-member conference room. Guests are treated to spanning views of downtown Honolulu, and impressive ocean views of Aloha…

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XLR8UH Recognized by SBA as one of the Nation’s most Innovative Accelerators

by Lauren Nagata

We are incredibly proud to have XLR8UH recognized by the U.S. Small Business Association as an innovative accelerator program. See excerpt of the press release below: XLR8UH has been recognized as one of the nation’s most elite accelerators by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). XLR8UH was selected from applicants…

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Talk Story – Omar & Tarik Sultan

by Lauren Nagata

Hawaii Business Magazine Featured SV Partners Omar and Tarik Sultan in the May 2015 issue. See original article on the Hawaii Business Magazine website, and full copy included below: The Sultan brothers are a major new force in Hawaii’s venture capital and startup communities. Their two platforms are Sultan Ventures,…

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