The Clear Blue Oceans Foundation
The CBO Foundation, is a Hawaiian non-profit organization founded by Peter "The AngelPreneur" Ortmann, also known as (aka) as Pete or The Shark by close associates, and his privately-held Hawaiian Venture Development Firm AngelPreneur Venture Group (APVG), Both were incorporated in Hawaii in 2019 with the intention of one day operating on the Island of Maui.
Our programs and initiatives have taken many directions since then, and thanks to the global Covid pandemic, derailed our initial objectives. Life has greatly changed since 2020 and in early 2023 we looked once again at how best to launch our growing issue awareness programs.
The Shark, 68, being the retired social entrepreneur who developed all of our programs, and a list of socially responsible APVG businesses that sat on the launch paid through Covid, has now refined them and our programs and is once again ready to move forward, with his wife of 28 years, Corrin, who runs the foundation day to day activities.
Together Corrin and The Shark, both offshore sailors who grew up on the Central California coast, later sailing the Caribbean and Islands in the South Pacific, set out to address the ocean plastic waste issues head on. They recognized a true global crisis was unfolding and through many years of planning, research and ongoing refinement they formed their self-funded CBO Foundation.
The initial goal was to address the issues that impacted our oceans, but that goal grew as issues like geoengineering of our weather, and toxic agricultural discharges into the oceans surfaced. To address them The Shark and his team set out to build a number of diversified purpose-driven for-profit businesses that could self-fund non-profit initiatives and programs long-term
Those efforts grew into the Mother of All Start-up projects that is now underway. Getting to this point has taken thousands of hours of work, and cost close to two million dollars, incurred many set-backs and failures. However, these experiences have been integrated into a new combined winning strategy supported by technologies that were not available when The Shark first started his journey in 2003.
We are a Hawaiian public charity (a 501(c)3) U.S. Federal tax exempt organization since 2021, and can now accept private and corporate contributions in cash (via Zelle), check or Bitcoin crypto-currency. The waste crisis has only grown larger under the global Covid nightmare. Our integrated approach to communicating and addressing the ocean waste and other issues remains disruptive by design.
Our efforts to help West Maui rebuild is routed in our desire to operate fom there as early as this fall. Our goal is to make the CBO Foundation
an iconic environmental multi-issue brand. Never-the-less, it will require many thousands even millions of people to take action and participate to drive effective change.
Solving the single-use plastic packaging waste crisis will be anything but easy. However, it is a crisis we must all help solve on a local basis, and we intend to do so within the Hawaiian Is welcome you aboard in that effort.
Our Founders Pete & Corrin
As Joel A. Barker, an American Author was once quoted "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without Vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world." Let's get started!
"Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels rebels,
the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of
rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You
can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because
they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see
genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
– Steve Jobs. We agree with Steve!