Startup Survival Guide in the Age of COVID-19

Captain Hoff discusses how entrepreneurs can keep their startup businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

Enter the 2020 Edge Startup of the Year Competition

Edge Computing World is excited to announce the first-ever Edge Startup of the Year Competition!

Edge Computing World will showcase the best startups in Edge Computing through this new competition to highlight the quality and breadth of emerging companies in the vibrant edge computing space.

10 lucky startups have the opportunity to win a package of enhanced promotion by joining the Shortlist for the final Award.

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Silicon Valley AgTech Conference, August 10, 2020

The Silicon Valley AgTech Conference is where technology meets agriculture. It will be held at Internet of Things World that takes place in San Jose Convention Center. There will be unrivaled access to emerging technologies, investment opportunities, informative programming, and world-class networking.

You can find more information and register here.

LTV Conf 2020, May 18-20 in San Francisco

LTV Conf announced that it will host its fifth annual three-day conference, its biggest and most expert-packed event yet in San Francisco. With leading founders, investors, and executives all in one place, LTV Conf brings together the most influential minds, tech leaders, and successful SaaS companies to an inclusive and intimate setting.

All tickets to the conference include full-day access, main-stage talks, invitations to evening networking events; breakfast and lunch; exclusive offers from event partners, and first access to post-event recordings.

Startup World Cup Silicon Valley Regional, Application due by March 4, 2020

Apply to compete in Startup World Cup Silicon Valley Regional to be held on March 18, 2020. Don’t forget, the application is due by March 4, 2020.

Startup World Cup will have 40+ regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Each regional winner will compete in Silicon Valley at Startupup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco on May 22, 2020 at Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, for the investment prize of $1,000,000.

Silicon Valley Podcast: What is the Future of Technology?

Shawn Flynn interviews Steve Hoffman in today’s episode.


  • What is the future of technology? Where are we headed in 20 years?
  • Personal lessons shared from failing and succeeding in business?
  • The reasons corporations have trouble innovating.
  • One key piece of learning from your book: Make Elephants Fly?

Listen to the Podcast

International Fundraising Event on April 2, 2020

Ramp-Up Lab and French Founders are hosting an International Fundraising event in San Francisco on April 2, 2020, 5:30-8:30 PM. They will explore key success factors and best practices for international entrepreneurs who wish to get the attention (and funding) of U.S. VCs.

You can find more information about their panel discussion and networking cocktail event here.

Startup Challenges Update

VivaTech Startup Challenges is where startups and established companies work together to create shared future. Startups are invited to come up with innovative responses to challenges proposed by some of the world’s leading businesses.

This challenge is hosted by VivaTechnology, but the planned event to be held in Paris, France, has been either cancelled or postponed. This international event usually gathers the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products and celebrates today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society.

Silicon Valley Podcast: What Traits Do Successful Entrepreneurs Have?

I just appeared in Shawn Flynn’s Silicon Valley podcast!


  • How important is having cutting technology and having a successful startup?
  • What are the different roles the founding members of a startup should have?
  • What traits do successful entrepreneurs have?
  • Is it always a good thing for a startup to have raised a lot of money?

Listen to Part 1: Silicon Valley Legends

Island of the Lost by Joan Druett

If you’re struggling right now with your business or personal life, you should read this book: ISLAND OF THE LOST by Joan Druett. It will show you just how hard life can be when you’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. It’s the true, harrowing tale of five men who are marooned on an inhospitable, remote island near the Antarctica. Their perseverance and ingenuity to overcome every obstacle will inspire you. The book also provides a few good tips on how to survive if you ever happen to be lost on a deserted island.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Just read FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON. It’s about a man with a 60 IQ who has a brain operation turning him into a genius. What a beautifully tragic story. It’s inspired by another one of my favorite books: OF MICE AND MEN by John Stienbeck. Read both of these books!

Legal Basics for Start-ups Seminar on Jan 14, 2020

This special seminar to be held at Squire Patton Boggs‘ downtown San Francisco office aims to equip executive officers and founders of new start-ups, as well as those who help counsel them or finance their ventures, with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the various legal aspects of launching and growing a new business. Designed as a highly interactive and engaging event, they will discuss a range of topics of interest to start-up companies.

Program Details:

Planetary Robotics event on Jan 23, 2020

Join the event in Palo Alto where Planetary Robotics’ panel will discuss robotics, rovers for planetary and asteroid missions. This event starts at 6:00pm with the following panelists:

• Terry Fong (intelligent robotics group director, NASA Ames Research Center)
• Liam Pedersen (head of autonomous mobility, Nissan; former NASA Ames robotics researcher)
• Don Pickering (CEO, Olis Robotics)
• Michael Sims (founder & CEO, Ceres Robotics)
• Kris Zacny (VP & exploration technology group director, Honeybee Robotics)

Smart Nora Review

Smart Nora is a startup with an innovative product designed to stop people from snoring and waking up their partners.

I’ve been using my Smart Nora now for a couple weeks, and I have to say, it’s well designed and seems to work. I’ve felt more rested and haven’t heard any complaints from my partner.

The first thing that delighted me was the ease of setup. It’s literally braindead simple. I took it out of the box and in 5 minutes had it working. To me, that’s a must because I hate reading instructions.

Apply For The S Factory Program by Dec 17, 2019

Our friends at Start-Up Chile is accepting application for The S Factory program. This is for female founders with startups younger than 12 months, that have an innovative and technological idea. Eligible female founders can apply through December 17, 2019.

Participants will experience a 4 month acceleration process to validate their business and make it global, this includes mentoring, pitch training and workshops, among other activities.