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keith Powers

Joined Kanu Hawaii Aug 4, 2011
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

About me

Keith is the Co-Founder of The Aloha Initiative, Co-Founder of Heartbeat.com, and Co-Director of Start Up Maui!, a new initiative to increase software development and startup companies on Maui .

He was most recently the EVP of Strategic Development at Singularity University. He was previously an Entrepreneur in Residence and Investment Director at REI Capital, a private investment and venture capital firm where he identified and evaluated investment opportunities while working with a number of REI’s portfolio companies. Prior to REI Capital, he was the Co-Creator and COO at Prize Capital, LLC an innovative financial model at the intersection of invention, investment and philanthropy " where he remains a Senior Advisor.

Prior to Prize Capital Keith was the EVP of Strategic Development at the X PRIZE Foundation where he spearheaded an effort to create a modern-day version of the Nobel Prize by expanding the mission of the foundation to include prizes in other areas including energy, the environment/carbon, genomics, medicine, nanotechnology, transportation, education and social entrepreneurship. To support this vision, Keith raised in excess of $20M in less than 18 months.

Keith previously started and sold several companies, including a non-traditional media company in 2000, and a Hispanic DRTV- advertising agency in 2003. From 1996-1999, Keith was the Director of Operations at Sun Apparel-The Polo Jeans Company, a $800M global manufacturer, distributor and retailer of casual apparel.

Civic leadership, youth development and national service has long been a focus for Keith, including a stint at the US Embassy in Mexico City in 1994 and as a volunteer corps member and then later as a national staff member with City Year, an “action tank” for national service. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Kids Korps USA, Prize4life.org, and a member of NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs(E2). He has lived, worked, studied or traveled to over 30 countries and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Japanese.

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