The Team

Henk B. Rogers, Chairman

Henk is a Dutch-born computer game designer and serial entrepreneur. He is known for producing Japan’s first major role-playing video game The Black Onyx, and for revolutionizing the video game industry by securing the rights for the blockbuster game Tetris®. Today Rogers serves as Chairman of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris franchise, founder of Blue Startups, Hawaiʻi’s first venture accelerator, and founder of Blue Planet Foundation, a nonprofit clean energy advocate. Rogers manages the worldwide rights for the Tetris brand. Thirty years after its launch, Tetris continues to be one of the world’s top-selling games with over 425 million copies sold on the mobile platform alone and counting.

Galen Ho, President and CEO, Board Member

Galen, a senior aerospace executive with global experience, focuses on advancing high-impact technologies in the marketplace through his management consultancy, Galen Enterprise. Galen’s prior management experience in the aerospace industry includes serving as Senior Vice President with BAE Systems Inc., where he was responsible for program management; engineering and technology; strategic planning; mergers and acquisitions; internal audit; information technology; and mission success for the firm’s U.S. operations. He also served as President of BAE Systems’ Information and Electronic Systems Integration Sector, a $5B business with over 9000 employees; as President of Lockheed Martin Electronics Systems; and as President of IBM’s Federal Services and President and CEO of the IBM-ASIC progr...

Mark Loughridge, Board Member

Mark Loughridge is a founder of Foundation 9 Entertainment (F9E), which grew to become one of the largest independent game developers in the world. F9E made software games for every major market and hardware platform around the world. It employed some of the top talent in the industry, including over 700 software programmers, artists, animators, game designers, sound designers and producers. During his 11+ years in growing this business, Mr. Loughridge oversaw the creative direction of the company, spearheaded new product development, and provided leadership on internal operations as well as strategic planning. He most recently served as Co-Chairman of F9E. Mr. Loughridge achieved his entrepreneurial dream when Francisco Partners acquired a controlling stake in F9E in 2006 with funding of ...

Lindsay Hoover, Sr. VP Corp. Strategy & Development, Board Member

Lindsay Hoover has over 20 years of experience in financial services, including investment banking, strategic advisory and principal investing, focused on emerging technology companies in the software and media sectors. She is currently the Managing Partner of Alchemy Global Capital, an independent financial consulting and strategy advisory firm. She recently managed the corporate development activities for a technology incubator, resulting in the spinout and follow-on financing of its portfolio companies. Lindsay began her career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department.

John Fillwalk, Advisor

John Fillwalk is an internationally recognized artist and practitioner of virtual and hybrid environments. He serves as the senior director of the Hybrid Design Technologies initiative [HDT] and as the director of the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts [IDIA Lab} at Ball State University. HDT and IDIA Lab are virtual reality design studios exploring the intersections of art, science and technology. Fillwalk is a leading figure in the design and application of virtual and hybrid environments in the arts, and serves as president of the Hans Breder Foundation, an international non-profit for the study, archive and sponsorship of intermedial artforms. His artworks have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries and museums including SIGGRAPH, CYNETart, Synthése, 404 Festival, Du...

Shinichi Soeda, Advisor

Shinichi Soeda is a multi-faceted software graphics engineer focused on creating and improving management systems, tools and workflow processes for the 3D Computer Graphics game and high-end imaging industry. He has been instrumental in the development of 3D and cinematic virtual worlds, assets and avatars at companies such as Avatar Reality, Square USA, Namco and SemoLogic.  

Christopher Sheehey, Advisor

Christopher Sheehey is a quantitative specialist with a focus on delivering data-driven insights into complex financial arrangements. Mr. Sheehey applies his advanced quantitative background as a Data Scientist at Central Pacific Bank, where he has established and led the bank’s customer analytic initiatives while developing advanced statistical models to predict and prevent loan loss.  Mr. Sheehey formerly served as Sr. Financial Analyst at Skai Ventures, a venture accelerator, where he developed advanced financial and valuation models for portfolio companies across a range of material science, biotechnology and healthcare industries. Sheehy formerly worked as a Financial Analyst with The Shidler Group, where he helped develop the financial model for Pacific Office Properties’ (NYSE Amex:...

Jennifer Smith, VP of Business Development

Jennifer E. Smith, Pendulum Partners Founder and Managing Partner, is a proven senior executive with extensive experience leading business development, sales, and proposal organizations with national and international client bases. She most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for SAIC responsible for coordinating the company’s enterprise strategy and development, including mergers and acquisitions as a direct report to the CEO. Jennifer also held executive business development and management positions over a two-decade career with Lockheed Martin Corp (via acquisitions of IBM Federal Systems and Loral). She also served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at SRA International Inc. and Area Vice President of Federal Sales for Dell Inc.
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