Mr. Ochi has over 20 years experience in early-stage companies having started his first enterprise – a tutoring company called A’s Unlimited - at the age of 13. Mr. Ochi ran this company for 11 years while attending high school, college and graduate school. Mr. Ochi utilized this experience to become an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine in 1999.
Mr. Ochi entered the world of technology in 2000 with the co-founding of Strevda LLC, a technology incubator. Mr. Ochi campaigned successfully for two rounds of investment funding for the nine projects. At its peak, Mr. Ochi managed and supervised nine incubation teams comprised of 95 persons.
In 2004, Mr. Ochi co-founded Websonic, LLC, a small business technology consulting firm focused on assisting small businesses utilize technology in a strategic manner. With over 200 clients, Mr. Ochi oversaw the marketing and finance operations of the company and provided managerial consulting for clients.
In 2006, Websonic LLC was sold so that Mr. Ochi could co-found Alpha Sprouts, an early-stage consulting company. The charter client was the master licensee of Disney Consumer Products for Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam. Mr. Ochi lived in Viet Nam for nearly two years while consulting for Disney Consumer Products and other companies in a variety of industries including mining, energy, education, and mobile technology. With consulting experience throughout Asia, including Viet Nam, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan and South Korea, Mr. Ochi returned from Viet Nam in late 2008 to continue the consulting of early-stage companies from Orange County, California.
In 2010, Mr. Ochi co-founded what is now Sunnox Corporation, an innovator of sustainable energy solutions for private and municipal street lighting. Through the combination of a flexible solar panel and a wireless street light management system, Sunnox Corporation has been able to reduce the electrical consumption of street lights while simultaneously generating substantial distributed generation for cities around the United States. In some cases, the street light can become a cash flow positive asset while simultaneously creating amongst the largest distributed solar farm facilities in the world. Mr. Ochi is the recipient of the 2011 Green For All Business Academy Entrepreneurial Concept Award. Mr. Ochi is the Executive Director of the ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California, Irvine and is operating the Blackstone Launchpad program.
Mr. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a half-dozen companies and is actively involved in the growth of 7 early-stage companies. Mr. Ochi is also very actively involved on the Board of 4 alumni organizations at UC Irvine, the UC Irvine Chancellor’s Club Board of Directors, Alumni Advisor for UC Ideas program at the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business as well as the membership director of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) in Orange County. Mr. Ochi also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mobile Excellence Awards in Hollywood, CA.
Mr. Ochi holds a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, Mr. Ochi graduated from the Keller Graduate School of Management with a Masters in Project Management.