Olin LagonExecutive Director
In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii, one of Hawaii’s largest grassroots organizations with nearly 20,000 members statewide, Olin is also Chairman for one of Hawaii’s first B Corps, Asio Corporation. Olin is a technology innovator and social entrepreneur with a long time passion for sustainability. He co-founded several companies and helped invent pioneering technologies in diverse fields including content localization and crowdfunding. He co-holds nine technology patents and his technologies have been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies as well as organizations like MIT and TED. His startup ChipIn helped pioneer the crowdfunding industry and has directed nearly $100 million to causes worldwide. ChipIn also launched Sprout, which was acquired by inMobi and renamed inMobi Studio, a visual tool that pioneered the creation of highly interactive mobile ads without the need for coding.
Half of Olin’s life has been spent in service including the U.S. Navy, the Peace Corps and several nonprofits. His service work has been recognized by numerous local and national organizations including Entrepreneur of the Year for Social Impact (HVCA), Small Business Advocate of the Year (SBA), Torch Award (BBB), Our Geniuses (Honolulu Magazine), 25 who will shape the next 25 years (Hawaii Business), and Petra Fellow (New York). Born and raised in Hawaii, Olin grew up in a single parent household in public housing. He lives in Kalihi Valley with his wife, two young sons, and poi dog.