Steven Hoffman, Captain of Founders Space

Steve Hoffman

Steven S. Hoffman

Steve Hoffman (a.k.a. Captain Hoff) is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and the Captain and Chairman of Founders Space. He has trained and educated hundreds of startup founders around the world.

Founders Space is ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Inc. Magazine and the #1 accelerator for startups coming to Silicon Valley from overseas in Forbes Magazine.


Hoffman’s angel investments include Content Analytics,, AirPair, MeetingHero, BOXC, Red Clay, Mouth, Videopixie, CrowdCurity, Boostable, Suitey, Solano Labs, Pathful, Hipcamp, Tablelist, Mavrx and more.

Hoffman is a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group, was Chairman for the Producers Guild SF, and served on the Board of Governors for the New Media Council.

Prior to this, Hoffman was the Chief Product Officer at Playkast, an online video startup that merged with FunStar (backed by Accel Ventures & Qualcomm). Hoffman was COO of Zannel (Tap11), a venture-funded startup backed by USVP, Alloy, and Palomar Ventures that was sold to AVOS.

Before that, Hoffman was the North American Studio Head for Infospace, where he ran the US mobile games publishing and development group. While in Los Angeles, Hoffman was CEO of Spiderdance, Hollywood’s leading interactive television studio, whose customers included NBC, Viacom, Time Warner, TBS, GSN and A&E. Hoffman also consulted for R/GA Interactive, designing projects for Kodak, Disney, Intel, AdAge, and Children’s Television Workshop. In Japan, Hoffman worked as a designer for Sega.

Prior to Sega, Hoffman was a Hollywood development executive at Fries Entertainment, where he managed TV development. Hoffman graduated from the University of California with a BS in Electrical Computer Engineering and went on to earn a Masters in Film & Television from the University of Southern California.

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Captain Hoff has tried his hand at more professions than cats have lives: serial entrepreneur, angel investor, mobile studio head, computer engineer, filmmaker, Hollywood TV exec, published author, coder, game designer, manga rewriter, and voice actor.

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