Mr. Darren Kimura serves as Chief Operating Officer at Zededa. He serves as Managing General Partner at Enerdigm Ventures. He is the Founder of Energy Smart News. He serves as Research Associate at eControls. He is an angel investor. He served as Vice Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer at LiveAction. He founded and served as the Director at Energy Laboratories. He founded Sopogy and was also an Investor. is a technology and finance executive with over 20 years of experience in 24 countries including the USA, Japan and India. His areas of expertise includes Information Technology (IT) and energy. Over his career, he has overseen the acquisition of $2 billion in contracts, raised over $80 million in venture capital/private equity and over $100 million in project financing. He has served in corporate executive positions leading key strategic initiatives including Initial Public Offering (IPO), company acquisition, and numerous distribution and strategic agreements with Global 500 companies. He has been an inventor on 14 patents, led the acquisition of 76 patents/licenses and has led teams over 500. His entrepreneurial career began in High School as he helped bring paintball to Hawaii. He was recognized as the SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, Ally of the Year by Hawaiian Electric, an Energy Pioneer by the EPA Energy Star Program and was awarded the Honua "Earth" Prize by the Blue Planet Foundation. Darren is also a Certified Energy Manager®, a licensed electrical contractor, Google Cloud Certified and is an Eagle Scout. While in college he led to the foundation of Nalu Communications which was acquired by Prodigy, Energy Smart News Podcast which was acquired by GreenTech Media, Energy Industries Corporation which was acquired by VWI Holdings, Solar Power Technology (SOPOGY) which was acquired by MEMC and Hitachi, and LiveAction which was acquired by Insight Venture Partners. He has since gone on to create and operate other cleantech, media and IT companies. Darren attended Portland State University where he studied Electrical Engineering and graduated with a BA from the University of Hawaii where he studied Information and Computer Sciences and Business. He is a Certified Fiber Optic Designer (CFOD), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Demand Side Manager (CDSM) and Certified Cogeneration Professional (CCP).