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Blue Ocean Gear Expands Team as Pilots Continue

Blue Ocean Gear is excited to announce the addition of two core team members, Peter Macy as Chief Business Officer and Mitesh Gala as Director of Operations, as we move into active testing in 3 distinct markets with a steady pipeline through 2021.  “Peter and Mitesh add invaluable skills and experience to the Blue Ocean Gear team. With their contributions, we can reach additional markets and have a smooth and steady product ramp,” remarked CEO Kortney Opshaug.

Peter Macy is a high-energy leader with over twenty years of experience launching and growing innovative businesses in regulated industries as an executive, investor, and investment banker. Prior to joining Blue Ocean Gear, Peter was the CEO and Co-Founder of Integrity Gaming, a provider of gaming equipment, technology, and related financing. Previously, Peter was a co-founder and partner at Poydras Street Capital, a private capital investment and advisory company focused on early-stage investment opportunities. He began his career as an investment banker, working at JP Morgan, FL Advisors, and Wells Fargo. As a concerned global citizen and lifelong diver, sailor, and naturalist, Peter is committed to the development and implementation of business models that will support the preservation, protection, and repair of our ecosystems. 

Mitesh Gala has spent over a decade working in social and environmental organizations that focus on double or triple bottom lines. He has been an entrepreneur, product manager and business developer – primarily focused on developing tools, analysis, processes and relationships to take products to market.  At his last organization, NexLeaf Analytics, Mitesh helped develop and scale the launch of an IoT product for monitoring vaccine health and indoor air pollution. Mitesh is passionate about knowing customers intimately and bringing their stories to the forefront as the organization develops problem-solving solutions.

These great additions to the Blue Ocean Gear team extend our capabilities and support current and future product and market growth. Welcome, Peter and Mitesh!

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Blue Ocean Gear Joins Launch Alaska Portfolio

Blue Ocean Gear is grateful to have participated in the Launch Alaska Tech Deployment Track and now be a part of the Launch Alaska Portfolio. Over 60% of US seafood comes from Alaska, making it a key location for Blue Ocean Gear. Through the TDT program, we were able to learn about doing business in Alaska from insiders. Our coaches have been amazing, providing business advice and introductions to decision-makers in Alaska fisheries. 

If you are a start-up in Water, Food, Energy, or Transportation space and Alaska is a target market for you, then apply to join Launch Alaska’s next Tech Deployment Track now.

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Profit Meets Purpose at Tech4Nature Summit

Blue Ocean Gear was proud to present our lost gear prevention technology at the Tech 4 Nature Summit held at the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco in September 2019.

Business as usual is killing the planet. New Businesses are needed; those that will scale and be profitable, but also benefit society and the environment. Gigi Brisson

Read more about Blue Ocean Gear and other startups at the Tech 4 Nature Summit.

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Smart Buoys Float on CDFW Gear Innovation Day

Blue Ocean Gear was invited to participate in a Gear Innovation Demo Day in Monterey, CA on September 6, 2019. Hosted by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to allow fishermen, fishery managers, government organizations, and innovators to see and discuss the state of the art technology for addressing whale entanglements in fishing gear. Blue Ocean Gear successfully deployed a Smart Buoy with standard crab fishing gear. We also showed the data from the buoy that can help with entanglement issues on a smart device to observers on the boat. 

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Blue Ocean Gear attends Accelerator at Sea

Sustainable Ocean Alliance started its 2019 Oceans Solutions Accelerator with the Accelerator at Sea, bringing together ocean entrepreneurs, mentors, scientists, journalists, sponsors, and Ocean Elders to experience Alaskan ocean and nature adventures to inspire the group’s entrepreneurial spirit. Helen Shaughnessy, Head of Product and Marketing, participated from Blue Ocean Gear.

Learn more about the Sustainable Ocean Alliance and the Accelerator at Sea program

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Boost VC Tribe 12 on DemoDay

Blue Ocean Gear is part of Boost VC Tribe 12!

Blue Ocean Gear has had a great time as members of Tribe 12 in Boost VC’s Accelerator Program. Demo Day was an awesome opportunity to meet investors and show off our product!

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Whale Entanglement Forensics Review Workshop

CEO Kortney Opshaug attended the recent Forensic Review Workshop in Long Beach, CA to review fishing gear involved in West Coast whale entanglements. Fishermen, marine mammal scientists, entanglement responders, and gear experts came together to share information and help address US West Coast entanglements, sponsored by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA.

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6th International Marine Debris Conference

CEO Kortney Opshaug presented Blue Ocean Gear’s Smart Buoy technology and field test results at the 6th International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, CA.

Find out more about the 6IMDC

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