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Honolulu Star-Advertiser: New local startup Dodecki shows creativity

Mike Meyer reporting in Tech View:

The local startup scene is usually a good barometer for the business environment, and I’m always encouraged by the creativity I see with young entrepreneurs.

Michael Gifford, the founder of Dodecki (, stands out. The 34-year-old … says the goal of his company is to “make the world more efficient.” He has developed an innovative mobile commerce app that allows restaurant customers to place orders through their smartphone and pay for the meal so it’s ready when they arrive.

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ThinkTech Hawaii: TV interview with Dodecki CEO Michael Gifford

‘The Economy & You’ host Chris Lethem talks with Dodecki CEO Michael Gifford and ProtoHUB co-working space co-founder George Yarborough on ThinkTech Hawaii.

Hawaii Blog: App Enables Advance Ordering at Isle Restaurants

Ryan Ozawa reporting:

A locally built app for hungry people in a hurry helps customers order ahead, while also helping businesses find and keep new customers. Dodecki only hit the Apple App Store in March and came out for Android in May, but has already added its 100th restaurant.

… On the consumer end, Dodecki offers an easy way to order and pay for meals at quick-service restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and other eateries before walking in the door. Basically, Dodecki has app-ified the old-school phone and fax ordering systems. But in addition to eliminating long waits in line, the app ensures accurate orders, and facilitates cashless payments.

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Bytemarks Cafe: Radio interview with Dodecki CEO Michael Gifford

With Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa:

Dodecki on Hawaii Public Radio

In the studio of Hawaii Public Radio in Honolulu before Bytemarks Cafe on July 1, 2015.

CEO Michael Gifford sits down with the hosts of Bytemarks Cafe on Hawaii Public Radio to talk about Dodecki at about the 11-minute mark.

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Pacific Business News: Restaurant take-out app Dodecki launches in Hawaii

Lorin Eleni Gill reporting:

A new mobile application launching in Hawaii expedites the take-out process by allowing restaurant customers to skip lines and pay for their orders in advance.

… The free app allows customers to view menus, customize orders, pay by mobile, and get discounts at restaurants including Teddy’s Bigger Burgers and Paina Cafe. About 100 menus from restaurants on Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui are available.

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Pacific Business News: Five new Honolulu companies emerge from Founder Institute program

Dodecki co-founder and CEO Michael Gifford completes rigorous Founder Institute startup accelerator in Honolulu.


Duane Shimogawa reporting:

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator with more than 1,000 graduate companies, said that it has graduated five new companies in Honolulu that completed a 15-week training course mentored by experienced startup CEOs. …

“Twenty-one founders started the training program but only five survived the rigorous four-month training program to graduate this week,” Founder Institute Honolulu Chapter Co-director Russel Cheng said in a statement. “We are really proud of these first-time founders as they navigated through our highly-structured mentor-driven program to get their companies off the ground.”

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