“The place you call your home is different than a place you live to work.” Like many of us who grew up in the islands, Hawaii has always been home for Jeff.
Jeff Hong grew up in Hawaii Kai and attended Kaiser High School. He graduated from Harvey Mudd University with a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer science. After college, he joined the Army reserves and started his professional career at Hughes Aerospace working on the B2 bomber (in secret!) before joining a startup that went through a successful IPO.
Jeff began his intrapreneurial journey home when he was recruited to work for Microsoft consulting services in Los Angeles. His servicing region included Hawaii. So Jeff worked diligently to build up his Hawaii client base. Soon, he had enough accounts to convince Microsoft to open an office in Hawaii. That he would manage, of course.
After successfully launching the Microsoft office in Hawaii, Jeff decided to start his own company, Techmana, and has worked with Hawaiian Airlines to replatform their website! Techmana is doing its share to grow Hawaii’s tech economy as well. Jeff is looking to hire a DevOps person to manage cloud systems, operation support and more.
Jeff’s advice for kama`aina looking to come home – “the opportunities are here!” Get more advice and hear Jeff’s story on the podcast below.
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Here’s Jeff and his husband getting married on the first day of legal same-sex marriage in Hawaii.
Jeff is the founder and CTO of Techmana, a software solutions company specializing in travel industry cloud hosted systems. He was previously a Software Architect at Microsoft and built out the Hawaii Microsoft office. He is an active board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and an amazing supporter of Hawaii’s tech industry!