EPISODE 8: DONAVAN KEALOHA, DIRECTOR AT STARTUP CAPITAL VENTURES
From pineapple picking to venture capital, Donavan shares his story of overcoming obstacles and embracing the positive.
On today’s podcast, we’ll hear from Donavan Kealoha, a Director at Startup Capital Ventures and Founder of Purple Mai’a.
Find out how Donavan, proud local boy and Native Hawaiian, translated his humble beginnings on Lānaʻi into a successful career in the venture capital industry, while providing technical education to disadvantaged children in Hawaii. He’ll give us his take on the importance of inclusivity within the tech and venture capital industries, and discuss some of the challenges (and blessings) he has faced as a Native Hawaiian in these fields. We’ll also hear two critical pieces of advice for individuals to promote inclusivity in the business realm and most importantly, the need to focus on positive strength rather than negative obstacles to achieve success in a competitive world.
LINKS AND RESOURCES
Top Minority Founders/Startups to Watch:
Tina Fitch, HobNob
Diane Keng, Breinify
Aileen Lee, Cowboy Ventures
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vendantam
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
White Trash by Nancy Isenberg
Future Primals by Louis Herman
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by the Heath Brothers
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by the Heath Brothers
The Power of Full Engagement by James Loehr and Tony Schwartz
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