Are you in California now?

I get this question a lot these days, “Are you in California now?!” Since 2006, Sopogy has had a presence in Silicon Valley.  We have our Corporate and R&D operations in Hawaii and in Silicon Valley we operate our sales and manufacturing teams.

Since 2006, I had been going back and forth between Hawaii, California and everywhere else the company needed me to go.  This led me to do an analysis of my travels since taking the role at Sopogy.  Here’s what I found.  I spent over 64% of the entire past 10 years on the road (outside of Hawaii).  Of all that travel, I spent the 32% of the time in Silicon Valley, 17% in New York, 15% in London, 12% in India, 10% Singapore, 8% Tokyo and the balance everywhere else including the Philippines, Thailand, UAE, and across the USA.

All of that said, in our Series E financing, the lead investor required me to “officially” move to California so I have been changing my social media status on Facebook, Twitter to Silicon Valley.

Why? That’s the next most frequently asked question.  The concept of having me in California is that we can more easily grow and expand in our growth markets.  Our investors and new board have developed a view that selling in CA is the better direction for the company and to be effective, we need to be in CA.  The markets in CA are fueled by the California Solar Initiative that provides a rebate for installations using our technology as have one of the few SRCC certified technologies.

At the end of the day, this is all about bringing the best value to our employees and investors and I’m focused on making Sopogy the biggest company in Concentrating Solar Power.

Hawaii Venture Capital Association – Darren T. Kimura recognized for Deal of the Year

Hawaii Venture Capital Association

Deal of the Year – Darren Kimura – CEO – Sopogy has pioneered the concept of MicroCSP(tm) using its mirrored concentrating solar thermal solar collectors to create high quality thermal heat. This heat is used in the industrial process and as solar steam. The International Energy Agency has estimated that only 17% of final energy consumption is for electricity while 47% of final energy consumption is in the generation of thermal energy. Sopogy’s technologies are poised to capture the thermal energy market by harnessing the power of the sun. Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable process heat and solar steam. Please visit www.sopogy.com for more information.

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Venture capitalists honor Sopogy founder, others

By Star-Advertiser staff 

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 25, 2013

Darren Kimura - Hawaii Venture Capital Association

Darren Kimura – Hawaii Venture Capital Association

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association on Thursday presented its 2012 “Deal of the Year” award to Darren Kimura, the founder and CEO of a Honolulu-based company that pioneered the concept of micro-concentrated solar power systems.

Kimura’s Sopogy Inc. has deployed its technology at facilities in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Mexico and Papua New Guinea. The company’s MicroCSP systems use mirrored troughs to generate heat that can be used in a wide array of applications, including power generation and air conditioning

Sopogy has pioneered the concept of MicroCSP(tm) using its mirrored concentrating solar thermal solar collectors to create high quality thermal heat. This heat is used in the industrial process and as solar steam. The International Energy Agency has estimated that only 17% of final energy consumption is for electricity while 47% of final energy consumption is in the generation of thermal energy. Sopogy’s technologies are poised to capture the thermal energy market by harnessing the power of the sun. Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable process heat and solar steam. Please visit www.sopogy.com for more information.

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Pacific Business News – 10 to watch in 2013

10 to Watch: Hawaii business leaders face risks and rewards in 2013

Pacific Business News

Date: Friday, January 4, 2013, 2:48pm HST – Last Modified: Friday, January 4, 2013, 3:07pm HST

The new year will bring huge risks — and potentially big rewards — for the companies and causes supported by these Hawaii leaders. That’s why we call them our 2013 10 to Watch.

The 10 to Watch includes leaders from two public companies — Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE) and Royal Hawaiian Orchards (Other OTC: NNUTU); public agencies including the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the Foreign Trade Zone; the University of Hawaii; the state’s largest hospital, The Queen’s Medical Center; a solar energy firm on the verge of going public; Hawaii’s public television station, PBS Hawaii; a technology accelerator; and the agency charged with getting the state’s first health insurance exchange up and running this fall.

Click on the photo for a slideshow of PBN’s 10 to Watch for 2013.

Darren Kimura, president and CEO, Sopogy Inc.He is said to be planning an initial public stock offering for Sopogy in 2013, the success of which will determine whether the company can meet its growth plans.

Darren Kimura, president and CEO, Sopogy Inc.