EVENT: VC Funding Trends March 18, 2021

Join us at Ask Anything About VC Funding Trends, a fireside chat event on March 18 at 4:00pm PST, hosted by Silicon Dragon’s Rebecca Fannin.

Bio: Steven Hoffman, Founders Space

Steven Hoffman, or Captain Hoff as he’s called in Silicon Valley, is the chairman & CEO of Founders Space (FoundersSpace.com), one of the world’s leading incubators and accelerators. He’s also an angel investor, limited partner at August Capital, serial entrepreneur, and author of several entrepreneurial books, including the award winning Make Elephants Fly and his latest title Surviving a Startup.

HealthTech/MedTech/Biotech Startup Pitch on March 16, 2021

We are pleased to promote free virtual events with our partner Angel Launch.

During the HealthTech/MedTech/Biotech Startup Pitch event on March 16, Captain Hoff will give an exclusive talk on his new book “Surviving a Startup“.

You can find more information about the event and register here

You can find more events from Angel Launch here.

7th Annual FinTech Summit 2021, March 23rd – 25th

Join the Summit to hear from FinTech Founders, CEOs, Investors and Ecosystem Experts.

The Summit is hosted in Sydney, Australia. All sessions will be recorded and made available to watch after the event – you must register in advance to access this service.

Key Themes for This Year’s Event

• Fintech / FSI collaboration
• Open Banking and The Consumer Data Right
• Fintechs and the Venture investment Community

You can get more information and register here.

The Future of ClimateTech – Apply by Feb 22, 2021

The Future of ClimateTech GLOBAL Startup Competition is an online pitch competition that will take place on February 25, bringing together high-potential startups from 6 continents that are seeking to have a global impact in Climate Change.

The competition focuses on leading early-stage startups developing tech seeking to understand, mitigate, or “deal with” Climate Change challenges and impacting the Future of industries they are in. If you are a startup that can help change industries and fight climate change, apply to participate today.

iXi Summit 2021 | UIncept, Gurugram

iXi Summit 2021 | UIncept, Gurugram

SILKROAD 4.0 Emerging Tech Tour – Virtual Event on Feb 11, 2021

SILKROAD 4.0 is an exclusive network of outstanding professionals, all united by the same passion – to move away from the beaten path and overcome the limitations of technology and one’s own thinking.

The SILKROAD 4.0 Emerging Tech Tour VR conference series has started in 2020 and connects these leading emerging tech experts from all over the world, share their wisdom – and visit other thought leaders of the future.

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich

Patient H.M.

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich is one of the most fascinating and terrifying books I’ve ever read. It delves into the gray area of gray matter, describing the horrifying truth behind how society has treated mental patients. This includes giving lobotomies to thousands of patients without their consent for decades.

Patient H.M. is both a personal odyssey and a cautionary tale, as well as deeply researched piece of scientific journalism. Kudos to Dittrich, whose writing abilities and attention to detail illuminate this tragic chapter in our medical history.

What I Look for When Investing in Tech Startups

I look for startups that have some sort of proof they can show me that their visionary ideas are rooted in reality. I want to see that they’ve actually spoken with their customers and understand their needs. I like data that illustrates the pent up demand for their product even before it officially launches. I want them to explain to me…

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Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021 – Apply by Jan 29.

The 2021 Challenge will award up to 20 emerging startups using technology for social good a total of One Million Dollars in prizes.

The deadline for submitting a solution is January 29, 2021.

You can find more information here.

13 Non-Fiction Books for Curious Souls

Here are 13 non-fiction books that I recommend for a curious soul:

1. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener ★★★★
2. Billion Dollar Loser by Reeves Wiedeman ★★★★★
3. Empires of the Seas by Roger Crowley ★★★★★
4. 1453 by Roger Crowley ★★★★
5. City of Fortune by Roger Crowley ★★★★
6. Conquerors by Roger Crowley ★★★★
7. The Accursed Tower by Roger Crowley ★★★★
8. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson ★★★★★
9. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson ★★★★
10. Dead Wake by Erik Larson ★★★
11. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson ★★★
12. Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson ★★★★
13. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker ★★★★★

Best 15 Science Fiction Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

1) The Circle
by Dave Eggers

2) The Nexus Trilogy
by Ramez Naam

3) The Martian
by Andy Weir

4) A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

5) Dune
by Frank Herbert

6) Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein

7) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

8) The Hyperion Cantos
by Dan Simmons

9) The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman

10) The Three-Body Problem
by Liu Cixin

The Entrepreneur’s Faces

I’d like to tell you about a valuable new resource for entrepreneurs and startups, The Entrepreneur’s Faces, a new book about international founders and their entrepreneurial journeys by my friend Jonathan Littman (he co-wrote two innovation bestsellers with IDEO), and Susanna Camp, a veteran of Wired.

The book’s been featured in Inc. MagazineThrive Global and elsewhere. Littman and Camp frequent guests on business and leadership podcasts and are columnists for StartupNation.

Make your Startup Fly with Sam Kamani

Tune into the episode where Sam Kamani interviews Captain Hoff about how to Make your Startup Fly!

Xspaced Let’s You Split Rent into Smaller Payments

Founders Space alumni innovates on proptech. FlexRent, allows tenants to split their monthly rent payment into 2-4 payments over the month without any credit checks.

– Flexible rent payments for tenants
– Installment plans for missed rent
– Security deposits paid over time

Xspaced provides landlords and tenants with flexible rent payment tools to help them achieve financial wellness. Xspaced helps landlords attract new tenants with personalized payment schedules. Tenants benefit by being able to better manage their cash flow and maintain liquidity.

Captain’s Book Reviews: 11 Worthwhile Books


Here are 11 worthwhile books that I read over the past 2 months:

  1. “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry ★★★★★
  2. “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry ★★★★★
  3. “Uncanny Valley” by Anna Wiener ★★★
  4. “The Strange Career of William Ellis” by Karl Jacoby ★★★
  5. “Another Country” by James Baldwin ★★★★★
  6. “McTeague” by Frank Norris ★★★★
  7. “At the Mountains of Madness” by H.P. Lovecraft ★★★
  8. “Shane” by Jack Schaefer ★★★★

Millennial Investing Podcast

Join Captain Hoff on the Millennial Investing Podcast with Robert Leonard.

The First (E-) Governance Focused Conference on Dec 8, 2020

This virtual event will be hosted via Zoom on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 featuring some of the most amazing investors and innovators in blockchain and governance.

Speakers Include:

Silvio Schembri, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, Malta Government
Miko Matsumura, General Partner, Gumi Ventures; Venture Partner, BitBull Capital; Advisor, Arrington XRP Capital
Kenzi Wang, General Partner, AU21 Capital
Alex Norta, Associate Professor at the Department of Software Science of the Tallinn University
Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Councilmember
Eylon Aviv, Head of Partnerships, DAOstack
Maximilian Kuck, Co-founder, deora.earth (quadratic voting)

Chooch AI is Charging Ahead!

Founders Space alumni Chooch AI closed its series A funding and is growing fast. Read more about it.

Quantum Curious

Quantum Curious just went into beta.

If you’re curious about Quantum Computing, then check it out at https://quantumcurious.org/

Even more, at the right time. This fascinating field is emerging from the lab and steadily progressing toward commercial viability.

Getting you up to speed with a variety of online learning opportunities, customized to your background, is the goal.

New Learning Resource for Beginners

Join us for SVIEF Innovation Week 2020

Captain Hoff’s keynote speech will be Dec. 4th, 7:15 – 7:30 pm.

Keynote “Innovating without Ideas: The Process of Discovery