The Mahys, active coworkers, hatched the idea for KOPU while on their honeymoon in New Zealand. Justin is a serial entrepreneur and former CEO and founder of the Local Television Network and founder of Dialedin. Mindy was previously a leading retail real estate broker in Manhattan, specializing in hospitality and fashion. The Mahy duo are active coworking members at Santa Barbara’s Impact Hub.
KOPU water is sourced from thousands of feet below the volcanoes of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty and then infused with pure effervescence. Now available across Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, KOPU’s recyclable, reusable bottles are designed to be the eco-friendliest alternative to glass and plastic.
Plotagraph Founder Troy Christopher Plota is an Awarding winning Fashion and Advertising Photographer of 27 + years. He has shot clients Heidi Klum, PVH, Usher, Mariah Carey and for Vanity Fair, GQ and the Rolling Stone. Troy is also known for being on the cutting edge of Technology and he has spoken at TedTalks on “The Future of Photography”
Plotagraph partner Sascha Phoenix created the first online business to connect artists and gallery spaces. Sascha grew up in the film business and is the granddaughter of Late actor Roy Scheider, known for Jaws, French Connection & All That Jazz. Artist and Business major, Schneider studied in Florence, Italy for 4 years and speaks fluent Italian.
Since joining the coworking world, Koyama has gone from 1 to 6 employees in less than a year. Koyama began as an entrepreneur at the age of 15, shooting video for businesses. Koyama founded GoVisual, a 6-week online training program for business owners to use their smart phones to leverage video as a way to build business assets and attract the perfect customers.
As principal at Ponvalley, Michael Smith invests in positive impact companies – businesses solving problems in the environment, water, food, shelter, education and well-being. Over his 20-year career, Smith has been an active investor/advisor to over 30 companies and funds, including Pinterest, SMS Assist, Lyft, Nebia and Rubicon Global. Michael is a co-founder of SustainSB and the Interim Chair of SharedMission.com. Smith is also active with the Bren School of UCSB and the United Nation’s Media Council on Social Impact.