Robert J. Robinson co-founded Kolohala in 2006. Dr. Robinson is the founder of Hawaii's angel investor network, the Hawaii Angels. He is the co-author of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies, published in 2000, and was a charter member of the Angel Capital Association. Dr. Robinson is an award-winning author on business negotiation and conflict management, and has over 20 years of experience in coaching companies in valuation and other negotiations. Dr. Robinson earned a B.Commerce in 1983, a BA in 1984, and an MA in 1987 in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991. Dr. Robinson spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, and was recruited in 2002 to the University of Hawaii as the Barry and Virginia Weinman Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and E-Business as well as the executive director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business (PACE).
Michael T. Pfeffer co-founded Kolohala in 2006. Mr. Pfeffer has over 10 years of experience in venture and private equity investing and entrepreneurship. From 2001 through 2005, he served as President and CEO of Persis Corporation, a Hawaii-based private equity firm with venture, media, and real estate holdings throughout the western US. In addition, in 1997 he co-founded Pinpoint Venture Group, LLC, a Seattle-based venture firm. In addition to his corporate duties, Mr. Pfeffer has also served the Hawaii community as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy Hawaii, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, Honolulu Symphony, and Chaminade University, among others. Mr. Pfeffer holds three degrees in Anthropology: a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991, an MA from the University of Hawaii in 1995, and an M.A. from the University of Washington in 1997.