Free Legal Services for Startups – Apply by Dec 15, 2019


Every startup needs a solid legal foundation. The Startup Legal Garage at UC Hastings Law School is now accepting applications from early-stage companies to be part of its Spring 2020 cohort.

Their program matches select law students with attorneys from top-flight Bay Area law firms to provide free legal services to qualified startups, including incorporation, equity splits, terms of service, vendor, customer, and employment contracts, basic funding work, and more.

Cynthia Seymour, Global Marketing, Business Development, New Market Analysis & Operations

Working with tech start-ups and visionaries (including Elon Musk), Cynthia is delighted to share her wisdom and expertise with entrepreneurs. She started her own company Care Navigate after the last economic meltdown and knows success takes execution, tenacity and reinvention, not just great ideas.

Most recently director of international implementation at eXp Worldwide Holdings, a global real estate company, Cynthia was chartered with launching new markets from scratch in under 6 months. She accomplished this rapid roll-out by collaborating with more than a dozen functional teams and coaching country leaders, building a repeatable, sustainable process for future countries.

Google Hackathon, Nov-Dec 2019 & Jan 2020


Google is running a different type of Hackathon in mid Nov 2019 in San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a 3-day Hackathon, offering up to $11k per app for three days of participant’s time.

Google is also holding Remote Hackathonfor startups around the world in Dec/Jan.

They are accepting participants on a rolling basis for both 3-Day Hackathan and Remote Hackaton.

If you are interested, you can sign up here.

David S. Levin, Seasoned Investor

Mr. Levin is a seasoned dealmaker located in New York City. He was a co-founder and managing partner at investment group, New Bridge Partners, LLC and its affiliated companies and has enjoyed over 35 years in the investment banking and financial services business.

At New Bridge, Mr. Levin worked to originate and structure transactions for the company in a wide variety of sectors including renewable energy, consumer/retail, healthcare and manufacturing among others. An experienced leader with broad strategic vision, business development and investment experience in the U.S. and South Africa among other markets, he was responsible for guiding New Bridge’s strategic direction and positioning it for future growth.

Professional Networking Event on Oct 16, 2019 in Silicon Valley

Join us on October 16th at 6:30pm for a Professional Networking Event full of talented entrepreneurs, innovative ideas and Steve Hoffman as Keynote!

Enjoy wine and finger food as you listen to Captain Hoff talk and network with other entrepreneurs & professionals. In his talk, he will reveal the secrets of Silicon Valley and how the top entrepreneurs overcome obstacles and change the world. How do you deliver what it takes to launch a successful startup? What type of team do you need? How do you prepare? What mistakes do startups make? To succeed, you must have all the right elements. Your startup must understand how to innovate, lead the market, and beat out competitors.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

If you read one book this year, let it be The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It’s the true story of building the Chicago World’s Fair at the turn of the century, and it is unbelievable what they went through. It’s not only an incredible story of genius, invention, courage and serial murders, but also a valuable lesson on management and leadership. Every entrepreneur should read this.

Founders Space Coming to Australia Oct 29, 2019

Together with Campsie RSL Group, Founders Space will develop a world-class Technology & Innovation Learning Hub in the Canterbury Bankstown Region of Sydney, Australia.

Join us at our launch event in Sydney, Australia on October 29.

You can find more information and register here.

The Bleeding Edge

“The Bleeding Edge” shows how medical device companies are treating human beings as guinea pigs when testing out their new devices. Not all innovation is good, especially when it’s being done at the cost of patient safety. This film has changed how I view the healthcare system and medical device startups. Something needs to be done about the lax regulation and cronyism before more lives are destroyed.

AI & the Future of Education

A group from South Korea came to Founders Space today. We talked about how AI is going to impact education. It’s my belief that teachers and even universities won’t be necessary in the future.

Right now, we use universities to filter people. If you went to MIT or Harvard, everyone assumes you’re brilliant and companies line up to hire you. But all it really means is that you are great at taking tests.

Hustle Con 2019 • Dec 2-3 at Paramount Theatre


We scored you $50 off Hustle Con!

Hustle Con is a 2-day conference about startups. Attendees learn the strategies and tactics used to grow a company from day 1 to 1000 from the exciting line-up of Silicon Valley’s leading founders. Network with 2,000+ entrepreneurs, business professionals, and all-around do-ers, and attend intensive, hands-on breakout sessions on day two.

Here’s just a few of the pioneers you’ll meet:

TransTech Conference & Expo 2019


If you’re interested in leveraging technology to promote human flourishing, you’re going to love this:

Our friends at Transformative Technology Conference are hosting their 5th annual, two-day conference on November 15-16, and they’ve got something special in store for you…

The Transformative Technology Conference is the only conference focused on tech for mental health, emotional wellbeing, and human flourishing. It sits at the intersection between neuroscience, psychology, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Chelsea Ramm, Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics expert

Chelsea Ramm joined Founders Space as a mentor. She is the Director of Sum Savvy Consulting and has 8 years of experience in Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics. She has primarily worked in the automotive industry managing a global supply chain that focused on high quality, longevity, innovation and cost.

City Lab Promises New Era in Urban Management

Steven Hoffman, CEO of Founders Space and a leading incubator in Silicon Valley, predicted some trends in AI.

“Everything is connected and personalized with autonomous AI and integrated devices,” he said.

A Future City Lab was launched by Vanke and Microsoft of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference on Friday.

The lab will generate standards for planning and management of cities in areas including the Internet of Things, smart homes and intelligent architecture.

Laptop Raido: How Can You Make Elephants Fly?

Captain Hoff explains how to get your big idea off the ground and make it fly…

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Unlocking the Bottlenecks in Computer Vision + AI


Startups that succeed are those that succeed in creating value. And the value that we seek is the betterment of our human processes. We join accelerators to speed up the adventure, but entrepreneurs discover obstacles, and it’s the overcoming of those blocks that help us uncover the value of our endeavors. Here’s Chooch’s own example. (Blog post written & contributed by Chooch.ai)

2019 Beyond The Next Revolution, Sept 7-8

The 2019 Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum/Fair (SVIEF) will be held on Sept 7-8, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California. The conference first started in 2011 and has become one of the largest & popular innovation technology events in Silicon Vally. With the theme Beyond the Next Revolution, this two-day event is designed to be intense, informative and interactive. It features 100+ high-profile speakers, 150+ tech exhibitors, 100+ startup projects and over 10,000 professional audiences from fields of investment, entrepreneurship, technology, and government. You can use promo code for 30% discount on All Access Pass: Founderspace

Three Simple Rules for Investing in Public Companies

Here are three simple rules for investing in public companies:

1) Make sure the companies have a sustainable competitive advantage. If they don’t, they can’t win.

2) Never confuse a growth company with a profitable one. Short-term profits don’t matter as much as long-term growth.

3) Look at the future, not the past. Avoid businesses whose best days are behind them.

How to Build a Successful Startup with Little or No Money

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Okay, so you have no money?

Surprisingly, money isn’t what makes most startups succeed or fail. You can launch a successful startup without a big bank account, if you know exactly what you’re doing.

Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is the CEO of Founders Space and author of the award-winning book Make Elephants Fly. In this seminar, he explains how startups survive and thrive with little or no venture capital in fiercely competitive markets. Captain Hoff has done this himself several times, so he understands how hard it is and knows what it takes to break through.

The Ten Commandments of Raising Venture Capital

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In this talk, Captain Hoff, the CEO Founders Space and author of the award-winning book Make Elephants Fly, explores the cardinal rules for pitching VCs.

What do you say to hook them?

More importantly, what don’t you say?

What are the things that are sure to kill a deal?

How do you negotiate with a VC?

When do you push hard, and when do you back off?

HealthTech: NeuralLink, Brain Hacking & MindTech – The Future of Brain Computer Interfaces

HealthTech & MedTech Forum

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Steve Hoffman is the Captain & Chairman of Founders Space and author of the award-winning book Make Elephants Fly. In this talk, Hoffman will discuss the latest brain technologies and how they will transform our lives and the world. Find out how will brain chips, EEG, dream readers and BCI devices will change the way we think, communicate and interact with one another. Discover the promise and perils of a world where everyone’s mind is connected to the Internet. And learn how this new technology will transform every business on the planet.