Do you have any templates for employment and consulting agreements?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Editor of Founders Space

Below is a link to the Employment & Consultant Documents provided by Orrick.  Keep in mind, these do not replace having a good attorney, but they do provide a good starting point.

Go see Employment & Consultant Docs

Employee Offer Letter

My Personal Rules for Deal Making

I have one rule that is true for every type of sales is never chase losers. If someone is unwilling or unable to commit to deal, cut your losses and move on. The sooner you do this the better. Every day you spend chasing a deal that is unlikely to close is one day you could spend finding the right buyer, partner, investor, or client. Closing deals isn’t about spending time with the prospect; it’s about find the right prospect.

Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

Industries of the Future by Alec Ross is a thought-provoking book. It’s not so much about the future but really about innovations taking place around the world right now. He does a good job of providing examples and explaining the implications.

Satoshi Nozaki, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Mentor & Advisor

Satoshi Nozaki joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is the President and CEO of Archetype Digital and Partner at Tokyo’s Archetype Ventures, the oldest startup accelerator in Japan. In addition to being a prolific seed-stage angel investor, Satoshi consults closely with enterprise-level Japanese corporations, assisting them with finding strategic partnerships and investments. He splits his time between Tokyo and the SF Bay Area and can help facilitate or provide guidance for those considering international expansion.

UNCTAD Youth Forum 2018 – Apply by August 18

UNCTAD Youth Forum 2018 with the theme Youth Entrepreneurship: A Force Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Growth will take place from October 22 to 26 at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the UNCTAD 2018 World Investment Forum.

Youth between the ages of 18 and 30 are invited to apply to the Youth Forum and join them as they discuss the role of youth in trade and development. A total of 250 seats are available. Applications must be received by August 15, 2018. Details and a link to the application are available on the UNCTAD Youth website.

PostalPitch Submissions Deadline August 19, 2018

PostalPitch invites Startups to present innovative products or solutions with a unique value proposition that may have the potential to change the postal and logistics market or even create a new market. This event will take place at Post-Expo on October 9, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

Startups can present their idea, product or solution to a wide audience, and a jury of postal and logistics experts will select the Startup that ranks best according to the award criteria. The deadline for submissions is fast approaching!

Founders Space in Changping, Beijing

Founders Space has partnered with the Changping Government to launch a collaborative incubator in the Changping District of Beijing.

CTID helped set up Founders Space, a startup incubator and accelerator, which resulted in high-quality ventures overseas and cutting-edge technology.

It has also helped incubate companies, encouraging them to acquire overseas resources like the latest information on Silicon Valley innovation.

“We are committed to making our Changping incubator a big success,” says Steve Hoffman, the CEO & Chairman of Founders Space. “This is truly a cross-cultural and cross-border collaboration.”

August Tech Investor Party on August 20, 2018

Meet over 30 Accredited Investors at August Tech Investor Party on August 20, 4:30pm to 8:30pm in Menlo Park.


• Tech startups, ICOs and Crypto Ventures
• Free for accredited investors
• Startups can meet accredited investors for early and mid growth stage
• Short demos, speed networking, pitch, tables, networking
• Free delicious buffet dinner and drinks

This party is hosted by Angel Launch and includes speed networking where all attendees can have 3 minutes fast pitch with investors and mingle during dinner and drinks.

Winners from Founders Space Startup Pitch

Here are the winners from Founders Space’s Startup Pitch at the Technology of Tomorrow Event:


Quorum AI








Horzion Hover




JHTC Speed Networking 2018

Don’t miss JHTC Speed Networking 2018 on August 14, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career. Building an interconnected group of relationships with others is at the core of a person’s effectiveness both personally and professionally.

To be effective at your job, manage your career, and find new opportunities, it’s not just what you know and what you can do, but also who you know.

Transformative Tech Conference on Nov. 9th & 10th

Interested in using tech for joy, wellbeing and mental health? Join our partners at the 2018 Transformative Tech Conference on 11/9 & 11/10 in Palo Alto. You’ll find AI, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Neurotech, and Biotech for mental health, wellbeing, and joy.

Transformative Technologies are medically and scientifically validated technologies that support mental health, emotional wellbeing and human flourishing.


About the Conference

Call for Code – Submit by September 28, 2018

Developers have revolutionized the way people live and interact with virtually everyone and everything. Where most people see challenges, developers see possibilities. That’s why David Clark Cause is launching Call for Code alongside Founding Partner IBM. This multi-year global initiative is a rallying cry to developers to use their skills and mastery of the latest technologies, and to create new ones, to drive positive and long-lasting change across the world with their code.

Neosapiens – BCI, BrainTech, Transhumanism, and Mind Control

Captain Hoff discusses the future of humankind. What happens when we connect our brains to the internet? How will this change our lives and the world? What will it be like to merge our minds with the internet?

Katapult Ocean – Apply by Oct. 31, 2018

Katapult Ocean is an Ocean Impact Tech Accelerator based in Oslo, Norway. Their focus is broad, and includes transportation, aquaculture, fishing, energy, ocean health and new cutting edge projects related to the ocean.

They are looking for the 12 best startups globally to participate in their program that starts in January 2019. They provide a three month, hands-on program with global mentorship, access to pilot customers, investor network, demo day, partner services and offer $150K investment for each attending startup.

The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

After hanging out with Michio Kaku in Malaysia, I was excited to read his latest book: The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.

It’s all about how we could eventually colonize other planets. Naturally, a lot of it is speculation. No one can know for sure. But it’s fascinating to read about the ideas and physics behind the theories. If you’re a Sci-Fi buff or an Elon Musk fan, you’ll love it!

A DARPA Perspective on Artificial Intelligence

The Fourth Age by Byron Reese

The Fourth Age by Byron Reese is a philosophical exploration of questions like can machines become conscious? What happens when robots can perform most work better than humans? And how will humans and ultra-smart AI coexist?

Reese is a good writer, and the book is thoughtfully put together. If you’re interested in these types of questions, it’s well worth the read.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss, a former international hostage negotiator for the FBI, is an amazing book. It dives deep on how to negotiate deals using techniques that actually work. You’ll find it invaluable.

Should You Raise Venture Capital for your Startup?

Before forgoing venture capital, I want you to honestly ask yourself these questions:

• Do you like the idea of living off of rice and beans for years?

• Do you mind slaving shoulder-to-shoulder with underpaid, sweaty teammates in a space far too small?

• Can you handle the endless nagging of concerned friends and relatives?

• Are you skilled at begging?

Why Startups Fail: Lessons Learned from Juicero’s Implosion

The startup Juicero proved this. In 2016, they launched a high-tech juicing machine. It was a marvel of engineering, complete with a camera to scan QR codes on packs of juice and an internet connection to verify if each pack had expired or not. The company’s founder, Doug Evans, compared himself to Steve Jobs and touted that his juice press wielded four tons of force.