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Jason Rushin

Jason Rushin has nearly 20 years of experience in software marketing, consulting, and engineering, and currently works as a marketing consultant for high tech clients, both locally and in Silicon Valley. Prior to relocating to Hawaii in 2010, he led marketing at several Silicon Valley software startups. Once in Hawaii, he launched and subsequently sold his own startup, and has been an active supporter of Hawaii’s small-but-growing startup ecosystem. Jason holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
State Pulls Plug On Mbloom, But Still Wants To Help Tech Startups Mbloom

State Pulls Plug On Mbloom, But Still Wants To Help Tech Startups

The venture capital fund sputtered from the start, with questions about conflict of interest in its investments.
Civil Bytes: Sultan Ventures Is Everywhere In Hawaii’s Tech Scene Courtesy of Sultan Ventures

Civil Bytes: Sultan Ventures Is Everywhere In Hawaii’s Tech Scene

As it moves ahead on several fronts, the company considers the islands' "entrepreneurial ecosystem" to still be in its infancy.
Civil Bytes: Can’t You Just Beam Me That New Desk?

Civil Bytes: Can’t You Just Beam Me That New Desk?

3D printing would seem to be a great way to get around the hassle of having big products shipped to Hawaii. Theoretically.
Civil Bytes: Travel-Planning Web App Builds Momentum On Island Time

Civil Bytes: Travel-Planning Web App Builds Momentum On Island Time

This Kauai tech entrepreneur already has a day job. By night, he's developing an app for travelers — and he's taking his own sweet time to do it.
Civil Bytes: Is Hawaii’s Tech Accelerator As Successful As It Claims? Courtesy of XLR8UH

Civil Bytes: Is Hawaii’s Tech Accelerator As Successful As It Claims?

Blue Startups has been assisting tech startups for three years, helped by nearly $2.4 million in taxpayer funds. What are we getting for our money?
Civil Bytes: Could Smartphone Apps Help Police Target Speeders? Screen shot

Civil Bytes: Could Smartphone Apps Help Police Target Speeders?

Thousands of Honolulu drivers use the Waze app to check traffic and watch for speed traps, creating a wealth of data about where drivers behave badly.
Cyber Bytes: Startup Brings Holiday Invitations Into Smartphone Era Courtesy of Hobnob

Cyber Bytes: Startup Brings Holiday Invitations Into Smartphone Era

Printed invitations take time and money, and emailed invitations are so 2007. Honolulu's Hobnob lets you use text messages as a fast and easy tool for planning your next event.
Civil Bytes: Your World Is Immersive, So Why Not Your Snapshots? Flickr.com

Civil Bytes: Your World Is Immersive, So Why Not Your Snapshots?

With the power of your smartphone, your photos can wrap the viewer in the sights and sounds you experienced when you snapped them — if you have the technical chops and patience to experiment.
Civil Bytes: Drone Racing Picks Up Speed in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Bytes: Drone Racing Picks Up Speed in Hawaii

Model airplanes have quickly morphed from toys into high-flying, multi-purpose drones capable of ferrying parcels and shooting aerial video. Now they’re the centerpiece of a sport that’s starting to take off.
Civil Bytes: Forget Ghosts And Goblins, Fear Those Handheld Devices Flickr.com

Civil Bytes: Forget Ghosts And Goblins, Fear Those Handheld Devices

As we prep for a night out with monsters and ghouls, the thing you should be frightened of is the technology at your fingertips.
Civil Bytes: Nothing Brings Us Together Like a Flash Flood Alert Flickr.com

Civil Bytes: Nothing Brings Us Together Like a Flash Flood Alert

Almost every cell phone in earshot — even those of tourists — goes off  when we might be in harm's way. How do emergency notifications work?
Civil Bytes: Local Startup Wants a Piece of the Battery Storage Action Jason Rushin

Civil Bytes: Local Startup Wants a Piece of the Battery Storage Action

Batteries to hold spare energy are expected to be an integral component of our electrical grid, and yours might just be assembled in Honolulu.