I am currently do startup business development for Amazon.com on our Amazon Web Services team. Our startup BD team is built of serial entrepreneurs, ex-VC’s and investors who are passionate about helping startups become successful.
I am sorry to say, I have the best family in the world. They have allowed me to be who I am want to be and have done nothing but support me and guide me in the right direction. My father is a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where my brother also works as a financial advisor. My mother is the Chief Supporting Officer of the Aquino Group and is the glue to our family. Having fun is a theme amongst the Aquino’s.
Founding CEO of TRUSTe, serial entrepreneur and community advocate for entrepreneurship in Hawaii. Her dedication and mentorship has cultivated my passion for business success. With her guidance, I grew my non-profit student incubator to over 75+ members within 4 months, helped me inspire the launch of 8 companies in 2 years within my incubator, co-founded a micro-loan program focused on investing in student entrepreneurs, and have been introduced to some of the highest quality entrepreneurs such as Pierre Omiydar (eBay), Danny Lui (Lenovo Computers), and Jay Shidler (The Shidler Group).
A rockstar group of guys who set a goal to launch a company in 3 weeks (We documented our entire journey here). We worked longer hours than we ever had and not only achieved our goal, we got published in Mashable, were invited to the Launch Conference in San Francisco and learned so many valuable lessons.
Well, I didn’t have any personal connection to him, but his book did change my life. At a point in my life where I needed encouragement to exceed my potential, establish and achieve new goals and maximize living, his book the Ultra-Marathon Man encouraged me do some remarkable things. 1.Run long distance (and if you knew me, was something I never did) which led to me running 10 miles/day. 2. Completely changing my unhealthy eating habits which led me to lose 35 pounds in 3 months. This experience has taught me so many valuable lessons about mental toughness, goal setting, and passion that I apply into my everyday life to achieve the success I desire. I recommend this book to anyone looking for new motivation.
Dave Schappell. There is too much to say about how this guy helped me along the way but I tried in this post. I have been blessed to have met him and thankful he took a risk on me as a young kid. If it wasn’t for Dave, I wouldn’t be where I am today.