Startups at Founders Space

Joseph Sokol, Founder & CEO of OlehPay (USA)

joeyOlehPlay150Thank you Founders Space for a priceless opportunity to get into the inner circles of the Silicon Valley network.

The rigor of top Silicon Valley introductions, classes on business development, fund-raising, and go-to-market strategy, and all finally culminating in a grand pitch event make participating in Founders Space a key milestone for any startup. Founders Space does not offer funding like other accelerators in the valley. Though, its value is made up in the resources Captain Hoff and his team bring to your startup. I enjoyed meeting like minded entrepreneurs at the accelerator and gaining exposure to the newest ideas in tech. I thank the Founder Space team tremendously for a fine program.

Steven Chuang, Co-founder & CEO of Cherri Tech (Taiwan)

Steven CherriTech150First off, we’d like to thank TIEC for connecting Cherri Tech to Founders Space Program. TIEC is the top-tier accelerator that bridges Taiwan-based startups that are planning to expand into the US market.

I’m the CEO of Cherri Tech, Inc. Our product TapPay is an SDK that allows developers to utilize our patented high-frequency sound wave technology for financial transactions that are turnkey and device agnostic. In short, we are the Apple/Android Pay that works across all credit card terminals. Yes, that means your 7-year old smartphone can be used for mobile payments.

Mark Yoo, Co-founder of Landymoss (Korea/USA)

landymoss201610smallFirst of all, I really want to thank Steve Hoffman and Naomi Kokubo. They built up a fantastic place for all the startups, which is filled with enthusiasm and passion.

I really had a great time at Founders Space. Before Founders Space, I experienced other accelerator programs as a mentor and a mentee. My three week experience at Founders Space blew my mind.

Victor Choi, Co-founder & CEO of SPRYFIT (Korea)

victorchoi2016-150My team was very lucky to be a part of Founders Space. During the intensive two weeks program, we have learned how to address the market, how to build strategy and how to communicate with investors.

You actually get a lot of helpful advice not only from Steve Austin, Captain Hoff and Naomi but also from mentors coming from different background.

I highly recommend this program to all the entrepreneurs.

Victor Choi
CEO of SPRYFIT

Emrah Gultekin, Co-founder & CEO of Chooch Intelligence Technologies (USA)

Emrah150x150The honest, critical mentoring and feedback we received at Founders Space accelerated our company by months, if not years. We were able to modify our story so we found the best product-market-fit for our technology. There are many components that go into making a start-up successful, and Founders Space helps you cultivate all of them. These include, the problem you are addressing, the solution, the benefits, the market, business model and finally the team.

Winston Kuit, Co-founder of Virtual Fantasy League (Canada)

winston150x150The 2-week experience at Founders Space was worth its cost in spades. The knowledge we gained from the teachers and mentors truly accelerated our start-up, I believe, at least a year in terms of finding clarity and focused direction, that we simply could not find here in Canada.

They say Canadians are nice, but I think Silicon Valley-ers are super friendly eh! The contacts we met and were connected to were extremely helpful and open. Definitely would recommend any foreign Start-Ups to join Founders Space.

Alessio Mauro, Co-founder & CEO of neoEYED (Italy)

Alessio150x150Forget about 3-months accelerators. Founders Space gives you in 2 weeks more than any other. This program prepares you for the real startup life so that you’ll understand exactly how the things work in the Silicon Valley. It was an exhausting, stressful and intense adventure, but I don’t regret anything.

Alessio Mauro
Co-founder & CEO of neoEYED

Masaaki Hatano, Founder & CEO of Sanptique (Japan)

Hatano150x150First of all, I would like to personally thank Steven Hoffman, Naomi Kokubo, and Steve Austin for the great program and amazing arrangement at Founders Space.

I know Steven Hoffman since 2013 even before he started Founders Space and remember him telling me about his plan and showing me the space when it was still empty. Since then the time passed. I quit my job in VC business and decided to build my own startup.

Lance Chang, Link Liu, and Henry Pi, Co-founders of Intelligenomics Biotech (Taiwan)

intelligenomics150x150It was a great opportunity when we met Captain Hoff and joined the Founders Space startup boot camp in Taipei. He invited us to join the “Accelerator + Incubator Program” at Founders Space in San Francisco, and it really worked for our startup in short period of time.

Ethan Lee, CTO of Enumnet (Korea)

Ethan_Lee_150x150This program was the best turning point in our view of our business. The concrete teachings and the eye-opening feedback were definitely helpful. All the lectures helped our pitch to improve and become understandable to VCs. I feel this is critical for every startup company because you need to raise the money for your next steps!

This program transformed me from a function-oriented engineer into a real developer, who understands our customers and can help them go their right way.

Danny Hong, Co-founder of Flux Planet (Korea)

DannyFounders Space and its 2 week program was intense and helpful. As a company that seeks to establish our business in the US market, Founders Space provided an accelerating program that perfectly fit our needs and gave me a lot of confidence in expanding our business to the global market.

EJ Burrows, Cofounder of Skymatics (Canada)

EJThe Founders Space accelerator + incubator was an awesome experience that is definitely a must-do for any startup ready to dive into the world of Silicon Valley funding. Unlike many longer accelerators, the short and intense Founders Space program is perfect for entrepreneurs from outside the Valley who are looking to get the most value for their time and money.

Byron Hsu, Cofounder of Paragon One (USA)

ByronFounders Space was a great experience that I would definitely recommend.

The teachers were awesome, and they all provided unique perspectives that were really valuable. We learned how to really clarify our pitch, think about the psychological aspects of marketing, get product feedback, and a lot more.

The two weeks were jam packed. The other peer companies were first rate and all great to work with. In addition, Founders ​S​pace is committed to our company’s success and they are continuing to invite us to relevant events and to use their office space in China moving forward.

Aaron Ledbetter, Founder of LendFu (USA)

AaronTwo weeks of focus. Most startup founder​s​ live in a world full of distractions, ​and ​this is the most productive break from those distractions that I could envision.

This is a great experience for both new founders and those that have been through the grind before. ​Founders Space cover​s​ everything from go-to-market strategy and cap tables to using cognitive science to tune your marketing content.

Matt Wikerson, Founder & CEO of Paragon One (NY)

MattFounders Space was an impactful and efficient way to get our pitch refined and get in front of investors — particularly with China ties — all within 2 weeks.

We’ve had multiple opportunities that came out of the relationships we formed during the program. For us, Founders Space was attractive because they are reaching deep into China, and that aligns with the distribution strategy of Paragon One.

Matt Wikerson
​Founder & CEO of Paragon One

Alexander Volkov, Cofounder of Zero Email App (USA)

AlexMost amazing and inspirational experience I’ve had since I’ve decided to build my own company. My co-founder and myself both participated in the program. We come from slightly different technical and business backgrounds: me being the first time startup founder, and for him this is the 3-rd company he founded. We found that Founders Space program provides great learning experience and resources for the first time as well for seasoned entrepreneurs.

Peter Chang,​ CMO of m.Lab (Korea​)

PeterFrom the basics of brain storming to perfecting your pitch, Founders Space provides many weapons necessary to any businessmen. Even if you have had the experience of running a company, the mentors and advisers will tear you down and rebuild you on a stronger basis.

After delivering my first pitch in front of investors, I have gained so much confidence that I feel like I can more comfortably pitch again to other audiences.

Isaac Kassin, Co-Founder of Exeq Private Banking (USA)

KassimOn behalf of the entire Exeq team, I would like to thank Steve Hoffman, Steve Austin, and the entire Founders Space for some of the most incredible two weeks in our company’s history.

Beyond the intense and high-quality academic process that provided insight on business development, fundraising, and go-to-market strategy, Founders Space truly provided Exeq’s founders “founder space.” For two weeks, my partners and I escaped the everyday distractions of life and business to incubate, bond on deep levels, brainstorm new and open-minded ideas, and focus on growing the company.

Andy Kohm , Cofounder of VendOp.Com (USA)

AndyI can’t start talking about Founders Space without mentioning their team, Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff), Naomi Kokubo, Steve Austin and Nathan Schor. They are the core of the accelerator and each one brings real world expertise that is directly applicable to any startup.

Brian Donohue, Founder of FiatLux@Work Inc. (USA)

Brian“Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect,” said one of the most beloved coaches in American history, Vince Lombardi. Well in brief, Founder’s Space is “perfect practice!”

Brian Donohue
Founder of FiatLux@Work Inc.