Justin Hakuta is an American executive and entrepreneur. He is widely known as the husband of rising comedian and actress Ali Wong. Hakuta’s father is the popular television personality and inventor, Ken Hakuta, who was the host of the children’s invention show ‘The Dr. Fad Show’. Justin grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended Sidwell Friends School and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and went to Carnegie Mellon University for a B.S. degree in Decision Science. In 2011, he received his M.B.A degree from Harvard Business School. Hakuta began his professional career in 2004 as a sales and marketing associate at Honest Tea. In the ensuing years, he spent a considerable period in the industries related to health and sustainability, working in various capacities at numerous companies. At one point, he was the CEO of YogaStart, an internet-based company for yoga and wellness services. At present, Hakuta is the vice president of product at GoodRx, a website and mobile app that collects data on prescription drug prices and provides its American subscribers with drug coupons.
Childhood & Early Life
Kevin Hakuta was born on October 18, 1982, in the United States of America, to Ken Hakuta and Marilou Cantiller. He is part Japanese from his father’s side and part Filipino from his mother’s. He has two brothers, Kenzo and Aki. Hakuta’s family has a long history of being associated with the entertainment industry. His father, besides being a prominent inventor and entrepreneur, was a popular TV personality in the late eighties and early nineties. He served as the host of the syndicated children’s invention TV show, ‘The Dr. Fad Show’ (1988-1994) and earned himself the moniker of Dr. Fad.
Hakuta was an exemplary student. He was raised in Washington, D.C. and studied at Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker school where admission is extremely difficult, from 1994 to 2000. After graduating, he went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from where he earned a B.S. degree in Decision Science, with a minor in Spanish, in 2004. During his time at Carnegie Mellon, in 2002, he travelled to Mexico to study cognitive science, economics, and Mexican history at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He was there for about a year. Hakuta joined the workforce in the same year he graduated from college. In 2008, he resumed his education to earn an MBA degree. He did the course at Harvard Business School, receiving his degree in 2011. He is also a Fulbright scholar.
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After leaving Carnegie Mellon University and prior to attending Harvard Business School, Hakuta started his professional life as a sales and marketing associate at Honest Tea in Bethesda, Maryland, in August 2004. His job was to closely collaborate with the beverage distributor Canada Dry in order to deliver the product to local “mom and pop” stores in the Maryland and Virginia regions. Later that year, he co-founded All Day Buffet and began working as a research analyst at Center for Court Innovation in New York.
While he was studying at Harvard, he did an internship at Seventh Generation, a personal care product company headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, from June to August 2009. At some point, he relocated to Los Angeles and co-established Avacara. From April 2013 to July 2015, he served as the product strategist and UX lead at Direct TV. In October 2015, he became the product manager at Cargomatic Inc. He was the CEO and co-founder of YogaStart and has served as the vice president of Young Alumni at Harvard Business School Association of Southern California. In January 2017, Hakuta assumed the responsibilities of the vice president of product at GoodRx. He previously worked as a product manager for the company.
Relationship with Ali Wong
Justin Hakuta met Alexandra ‘Ali” Wong in 2010. They were both attending a wedding that was held at a public park which has been used as a venue for several reggae festivals. She then asked him to attend one of her stand-up shows. After watching her routine, he was simply captivated. They dated for the following four years before getting married on November 27, 2014. Their oldest daughter, Mari, was born in November 2015. In December 2017, Wong gave birth to their second child, another daughter. The family presently resides in Los Angeles, California.