The Process of Innovation – Captain Hoff’s Talk at the Wharton School of Business in China

Steve Hoffman is the Captain & Chairman of Founders Space and author of the award-winning book Make Elephants Fly. In this talk, Hoffman will explore why many of the biggest ideas come from small, seemingly insignificant insights. He’ll reveal how small changes in an ecosystem can create massive opportunities and the processes startups go through to make these breakthroughs. Innovation is hard, whether you work for a startup or a big corporation. There are thousands of me-too ideas that go nowhere. If you’re going to have a shot at building a successful business, you must innovate. How do you create breakthrough products? Where do blockbuster ideas come from? What’s the process for innovating? And how do you know if your idea will work or not?

The Secrets of Growth Hacking, Analytics & Guerrilla Marketing

Growth Hacking – The Science of Customer Acquisition

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Perfecting Your Startup Pitch – Raising Venture Capital

Founders Space Heads South, Then East!

★ We are flying to Chile this week to give a talk at the big agricultural tech conference: Hortifrut Expo.

★ After Chile, we’ll be on our way to Beijing, Hunan, and Shenzen to work with more startups.

★ We just signed a deal with Seven Stars Innovative Industries to take five top Chinese startups global for IPOs.

★ Next month, we’ll be launching a new Founders Space between Shenzhen and Guangzhou in Dongguan.

Should Facebook Be Broken Up?

Everyone knows that Facebook has acted irresponsibly with its users’ data, and people are upset. Politicians want to punish Facebook for its actions. Even Chris Hughes, the cofounder of Facebook, has advocated breaking up the company. That’s how bad things have become. But I’m not convinced Facebook should be broken up. Clearly, Facebook needs to be regulated, but breaking it up won’t solve all the problems.

Why China Won’t Back Down in the Trade Wars

I travel to and from China on a regular basis for my business, so I’ve gained a unique perspective on how Chinese think about the Trade War. Most Chinese in the tech industry agree that free and fair trade is a good thing. They even want China to update many of its laws around IP and trade.

Innovation Leadership – Self-Managed Teams

Steve Hoffman is the Captain & Chairman of Founders Space and author of the award-winning book Make Elephants Fly. Discover how to create innovation teams that will transform your company. Find out which leadership strategies work and which fail. Learn how to structure, inspire and lead teams that wind up managing themselves.

Plug Our Brains Into the Internet? Brain Hacking, MindTech, BCI & BMI

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.

Raising Venture Capital – Show Me the Money!

In this talk, Captain Hoff goes deep on exactly how to raise venture capital. Discover what it takes to wow investors. Find out what not to do during a pitch. And learn how to close seemingly impossible deals.

• What are investors looking for?
• What business models do VCs like?
• Where are the best investors hiding?
• What to avoid saying to investors?
• How do you value your startup?
• How can you raise capital with no traction?
• How do you pick the right investors?
• How do you negotiate the best deal?

K-Startup Grand Challenge 2019


K-Startup Grand Challenge was established with the goal of promoting the expansion of an open entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia and assisting in South Korea’s evolution into a prominent startup business hub in the region, and this year marks the 4th year. The program invites startups with creative and innovative ideas from all around the world to Korea and helps them to settle in the Korean startup ecosystem through various support programs. The application deadline is June 14th 13:00 GMT +9.

Startup Minds – Building a Billion Dollar Business

In this talk, Captain Hoff 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.

Management Advice: Do Nice Guys Finish Last?

My friend has a startup, and he hired someone to help him boost sales. When we talked a year ago, he told me that his sales guy wasn’t closing deals.

I told him that it was probably time to let the person go. But my friend is such a nice guy that he gave the guy a second chance, then a third chance, and even a fourth chance.

Shanghai Startup Scene is Amazing

Met some incredible startups in Shanghai this week. Their products include healthcare robots, firefighting drones, autonomous vehicles, methanol powered engines, AR publishing tools, cancer cures, and next-gen digital wallets. These companies are leading the way forward, and we plan to take them global.

Startup Conference 2019 on June 17


Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
June 17, 2019 10am – 5pm
Computer History Museum, Mountain View

Founder Space is a supporting organization of Startup Conference 2019. The Startup Conference is one of the larger conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press, reach early adopters and influencers.

Past conference speakers include Guy Kawasaki, Drew Houston, Ben Parr and many more entrepreneurs and VCs.

TIME Best Inventions 2019 Accepting Submissions


TIME has officially opened the submission process for our 2019 edition of Best Inventions.

This annual list is dedicated to recognizing the Best Inventions making the world better, smarter, and even a bit more fun—everything from diet-friendly ice cream to groundbreaking gadgets. It’s also one of TIME’s biggest editorial franchises, garnering some 250 million media impressions each year, in addition to coverage in TIME Magazine (18 million weekly readers) and on TIME.com (32.5 million monthly unique visitors).

PODCAST: From Hollywood to Silicon Valley to China by Brendan Davis (If I Knew You Better)

Millions of people in the tech & startup world know Steve Hoffman as “Captain Hoff” from Founders Space, a leading incubator from Silicon Valley that is now omnipresent throughout China. But very few people know that his FIRST career was as a development executive in Hollywood, and this is the first time Steve’s talked about all this in-depth since beginning his China adventures. The lessons he’s learned from his success shaping startups & stories are invaluable, & applicable regardless of your vocation or location.

Altair Wireless Charging Stand by Bezalel

Just got an Altair Wireless Charging Stand from Bezalel, and it’s transformative. No more fumbling with cables. Now it’s effortless to charge your phone. I can’t tell you what a psychological difference this makes. And it’s so inexpensive.

The best part is the design. Very sleek and beautiful.

Before you rush out and buy one, make sure you have a Qi‑enabled smartphone. This includes the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, Samsung, Pixel 3, and many other phones.

Founders Space Team!

Founders Space wouldn’t be expanding without such a fantastic team and partners all over the world! I owe our success to their hard work and great kindness. They are like family to me.

Thanks,
Captain Hoff

San Francisco Co-working Spaces

I run Founders Space, but there are plenty of other great co-working spaces in San Francisco:

Founders Space (https://www.foundersspace.com/coworking/)
SOMAcentral (http://somacentral.com/)
Galvanize (http://www.galvanize.com/)
Impact Hub (http://www.sanfrancisco.impacthub.net/)
Werqwise (https://werqwise.com/)
Sandbox Suites (http://www.sandboxsuites.com/)
Taqueria Trabajo (http://www.taqueriatrabajo.com/)
Makeshift Society (http://www.makeshiftsociety.com/)
Spherepad (http://www.spherepad.co/)
Shared (http://www.shared-sf.com/)
Workshop Cafe (http://www.workshopcafe.com/)
Co-Spot (http://www.co-spot.com/)
The Vault (https://thevault.co/)
RocketSpace (http://www.rocketspace.com/)
Nomad-a-What (http://www.nomadawhat.com/)
ConnectionsSF (http://www.connectionssf.com/)
Invention Hub (http://www.inventionhub.co/)
Center for New Music (http://www.centerfornewmusic.com/)
DG717 (http://www.dg717.com/)
Parisoma (http://www.parisoma.com/)
BeSpoke (http://www.bespokesf.co/)
WeWork (http://www.wework.com)

Digitalization in the Built Environment on May 15, 2019


With new technologies including drones, autonomous equipments, IoT, collaboration softwares, AR/VR as well as 3D printing revolutionizing the Construction industry, Paris Region Entreprises is hosting a TechMeeting in San Francisco on Construction and Real Estate. Join the TechMeeting and enjoy the great line-up of speakers and startup pitches followed by networking cocktail.

You can find more information and register here. Use promo code GUESTBUILT for 50% discount.