1000 Plan Startup Contest on June 10, 2017

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Date & Time: June 10, 2017, 1:30PM – 5:30PM
Place: Santa Clara Convention Center, Theater
Promo Code for Founders Space Community: FSFRIENDS

The 1000 Plan Startup Contest is going to hit Silicon Valley on June 10 this year! As one of the most influential US-China startup events of the year, it will gather top-notch startups and renowned U.S.-China investors in defining the most trending technological innovations in the area. Investors from Softbank China, Medirian, GSR Ventrues and Fosun Kinzon etc. are judging the contest, while 150+ VCs and 250+ startup founders will gather and mingle!

Dane Madsen, Serial Entrepreneur (USA)

Dane150I’ve been involved with 21 startups either as Founder, Co-Founder, CEO, Director, angel, or venture investor; in many of those 21, I filled several roles. And with my 21st startup, I attended Founders Space.

My attraction to Founders Space was the non-nonsense approach. This is not about spending months in a flexible environment hoping you adsorb some skills. It is an intense process preparing you for the real world of not only getting your investor pitch right, but being able to think different about your business, its application, and you as an entrepreneur.

Ryan Choi, CEO & Founder of Chowis (Korea)

Ryan150Being a part of Founders Space program was a great opportunity for us to have new perspectives on business operations with tremendous energy. I would highly recommend joining the program in the early stage of your business so that the CEO and the founders can maximize the benefits of the program by immediately applying knowledge and know-hows from the experienced mentors with various professional backgrounds. It is the best to encapsulate the essence of start-up business in such a short time!

Yongsun Na, CEO of eAutoin.com (Korea)

Yongsun150We find global accelerator because we are startup providing Global B2B e-marketplace for automotive industry.
Exactly, Founders Space is the only one excellent accelerator for overseas startups.

1. We joined Founders Space’s Online Program for a month in Korea before coming to San Francisco. We could prepare for Founders Space’s programs, such as pitch deck, sales marketing, business plans ahead of visiting.

2. We could meet excellent mentors/advisors during mentor day (one on one). I appreciated mentors and advisors meeting us.

Next Gen Movie Making: Hollywood + China


Founders Space is working closely with RDR in Shanghai to host The Sino-US Innovation Platform of Film and Technology.

We’re looking for creative thinkers from Silicon Valley, Hollywood, New York, and other film hubs. If you have a strong background in filmmaking, TV, online entertainment or tech, like Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, VR, AR or live streaming, you can apply to speak at our events.

NOTE: Travel expenses & speakers fee will be paid.

Growth Marketing Conference B2B

Growth Marketing Conference B2B is coming to San Francisco this June!

Join 250 Fortune 500 execs, high-growth startup founders, and growth teams from around the world at the first-ever B2B growth event. You’ll learn B2B-specific growth strategies and tactics from industry leading experts.

Featured Topics:

  • Growth Marketing for Enterprise
  • Account-Based Marketing & Sales
  • Multi-Touch Marketing Attribution
  • A Customer-Centered Approach to Everything
  • Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing
  • Next-Gen Automation & AI

Oscar Zagrean, Entrepreneur and Active Startup Investor

Oscar150Oscar joined the Founders Space as a mentor. He is working with startups across three main areas: Experimentation, Implementation and Fundraising. As a founder of several startups, Oscar developed expertise in increasing the speed and quality of experimentation in search for traction. Oscar works with founders in designing experiments, outlining processes and key measurements. Based on experimentation results, Oscar assists startups by actively participating in implementation and custom sourcing relevant talent with a focus on lowering the cash burn rate to extend the runway for additional experimentations. Finally, for select startups that have proven the ability to gain traction, meet milestones, and grow a team, Oscar and his team lead the fundraising process so that founders can dedicate more time to advancing the business.

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard


If you liked my previous post about believing in yourself, you have to read the book Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard . It’s the story of how Winston Churchill made his name fighting in the Boer War in Africa.

Churchill was remarkable in that he was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, even though he was only twenty-four years old and had just lost his first election campaign.

Believe in Yourself

Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. Everything you say and do is informed by your belief. Your own success and failure are a result of your belief.

If you don’t believe you can do something, you’ll never do it. But if you believe you can do it, you’ll find a way to get it done, or at the very least, you’ll find out what you can do.

Yingying Li, Global Executive Trainer

YingyingLi150Yingying Li joined Founders Space as a mentor. Over the past 10 years, she has designed and facilitated programs for global executives and managers to help them build essential skills in areas such as cross-cultural communication, leadership, personal influence building, diversity and inclusion, and international relationship management. She has conducted business in over three continents, including the creation of a cross-cultural and next-gen consultancy in the U.S., training through a global leadership conglomerate in India and Turkey, and leading various successful business development initiatives in Latin America and China, among other international endeavors.

Keep Dreaming


I had a dream last night about an entrepreneur who kept pitching the same startup at competitions over and over. He was once a successful lawyer, but now he spends all his time working on a startup called Moo Pet that never seems to go anywhere.

Despite being unable to make his startup succeed, he can’t imaging going back to his old life. So he is caught in a sort of purgatory. It’s like Dante’s Divine Comedy, where he’s trapped in Limbo between Heaven and Hell. I’m sure you know someone like this!

Fighting the Good Fight: Preventing and Resolving Conflicts in Tech Startups

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 6:30 – 9:00pm

This session focuses on managing conflict in startups — both harnessing conflict’s power to spur excitement and innovation while also avoiding the potential negatives of lost morale, anger, and recrimination.

You can find more information here.

Founders Space Pitch Day!

Join us for Founders Space Pitch Day & Mixer in San Francisco.

Judging the startups will be top VCs, Angels & Corporate Investors.

There will be incredible startup pitches, investors, networking, food and drinks!


  • 2:45 pm – Doors Open
  • 3:00 pm – Food & Drinks
  • 3:15 pm – Networking with Startups, Angels & VCs
  • 3:30 pm – Introduction to Judges (Investors)
  • 3:45 pm – Startup Pitches Begin

LebNet French Tech Hub Pitch Night (May 12)


8 top-notch startups from Lebanon will be put under the spotlight of a panel of investors, leadership experts and successful entrepreneurs from the Bay Area.

– 3 minutes pitches
– Feedback from the jury
– Cocktail reception sponsored by LebNet

You can find more information here.

Shape Shifting Devices (Founders Space) VIDEO

Kissinger by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is a master of the biography. He wrote Steve Job’s biography. If you like that, you’ll love this!

Just finished reading the biography of Henry Kissinger, who was in charge of American foreign policy under Richard Nixon. Kissinger architected the first meeting with Mao, the thawing of relations between the US and China, and the policy of detente.

Kissinger was a complex, troubled man, who was both brilliant, paranoid and devious. The author, Isaacson, did an amazing job at capturing Kissinger’s personality and explaining the complex political environment he operated in.

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