MT Global is THE kiting community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and athletes committed to philanthropic endeavors.
Susi Mai, Co-Founder and President
Susi is a kite-boarding legend. She is one of the premier Red Bull athletes and during the 2003 Red Bull King of the Air competiton was given the sports highest female honor: Red Bull Queen of the Air. Susi is also the star of the popular German documentary series Wild Ones Junge Helden, which follows Red Bull athletes through their various adventures. In April 2012 she became a Patron of the KiteRight Charity, which uses kite-sports to help change the lives of individuals with physical, mental, or learning challenges.
Bill Tai, Co-Founder and Vice-President
Bill is one of the Silicon Valley’s top investors and a Partner at Charles Rivers Ventures. Prior to joining CRV, Bill founded IPInfusion as Executive Chairman, Founded iAsiaWorks as Chairman & CEO and founded Tradebeam as President. As a an Olympic Ambassador for the IKA (Int'l Kitesurfing Association), he is part of the campaign to put Kiteboarding into the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro. He holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Bill is an adjunct professor of innovation at Curtin University in Australia.
Austin Stewart, Secretary and Counsel
Austin is one of the early-stage MaiTai participants and a recidivist wind/wave addict. Austin has been an attorney since 1991, but took a quick detour from 1993-1997 where he was a restaurant owner and snowboard instructor in Sun Valley, ID. He currently has a solo practice based in Palo Alto, which specializes in commercial real estate transactions, development, construction and financing. Austin has also worked over 10 years as pro bono real estate counsel for Peninsula Open Space Trust. His side projects include two tech startups & handful of tech investments. He received his B.A from Brown University, and his J.D and M.B.A from Boston University. Austin is originally from Westport, CT and currently lives in Palo Alto, CA.
Ken Goldman, Treasurer
Ken has been the CFO for numerous companies such as Oracle, Siebel Systems, and became Yahoo!’s CFO in 2012. He serves as Venture Partner of The Westly Group, Strategic Advisor at Rafter, Inc., and serves as a Strategic Partner at Cheyenne Partners. He serves as a Member of the FEI Committee for Financial and Information Technology.Ken earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business in 1974 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1971. He currently is a Trustee to Cornell University.
As a community of passionate water men and women, we experience first hand that our world's oceans are under attack from pollution, over fishing, global warming and habitat destruction.
MaiTai seeks to support pro-active organizations who produce meaningful results protecting the world’s oceans. While there are many admirable efforts around the world, we particularly appreciate and support the following:
Surfrider Foundation - Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- One of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world. Research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans and earth.
OceanElders is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife. These individuals use their collective influence, supported by science and data, to promote ocean conservation, pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
For more information on how to apply to be a non-profit partner, how to attend one of our events, sponsorship opportunities, and how to get involved in the MaiTai community contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.