Monday, March 10, 2014
I’m writing today to share some exciting news. I recently accepted an incredible opportunity to join the prestigious Mid-Pacific Institute (MPI) as Chief Innovation Officer. My daughter is currently a fourth grader at MPI, and my family has long admired the school’s commitment to academic excellence and cultural diversity, and its traditions that foster a strong foundation of civic responsibility in every student. My new role at MPI begins on August 10th.
As CIO, I will be responsible for articulating a vision for educational and administrative use of technology throughout the school, building upon MPI’s strength as a leader in implementing innovative and emerging technologies in the classroom. I will oversee the school’s Technology Department, and will strive each day to build a learning environment whose very foundation is creativity and curiosity, where students are given the opportunity to experiment – where innovation is born from iteration.
I have long been passionate about the intersection of education and technology. I am taking on this new challenge because I believe wholeheartedly the next generation of tech entrepreneurs is growing up right now, right here in Hawaii, and I want to do my part to inspire their journey. MPI is nurturing and cultivating students who will one day become world-class innovators, and build products and companies that solve real-world problems. I am deeply honored to join the school in their mission, and feel tremendously fortunate for the opportunity to make a meaningful, long-lasting impact on the future of Hawaii’s tech community.
As a Tapiki client, what does this mean for you?
My new role as CIO of MPI will not have an immediate impact on existing Tapiki projects. Over the past three years, I have relished every minute spent building this company into the successful business it is today. Tapiki has steadily grown from a one-man operation into a distributed network of tremendously talented engineers, developers, and designers spread across the globe. Due in large part to our geographic diversity, the Tapiki team already enjoys a large degree of autonomy, which will help ensure that my transition to working at MPI will be smooth and seamless, and in fact, make it possible for me to continue to lead the Tapiki team even after I’ve begun work MPI.
Over the next five months, I will reduce the number of new projects we take on, and gradually shift some of my day-to-day responsibilities to other members of my team.
When I begin work at MPI in August, I will continue to oversee the flawless execution of work you have come to know and trust from Tapiki. Over the long term, Tapiki will be highly selective about the projects we accept, focusing on innovative, early-stage startups as they bring their products to market. We’re already working on several educational mobile applications and we hope to continue to grow our portfolio of successes in this area.
It is important to note that MPI supports, and even encourages, my ongoing commitment to ensuring Tapiki’s future success. I will be able to continue building industry partnerships that can be leveraged at MPI as we more deeply integrate technology into the classroom. This best-of-both-worlds model works well as I will gain insight from the tech industry as well as from within an independent PK-12 school that is a pioneer in advanced technologies.
I am profoundly grateful for your support and the trust you have placed in me and Tapiki over the past few years. It has been such a pleasure to work with you, and I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate again in the future. If you have any questions about this news or what it means for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.