Raising Capital, Closing Deals & Understanding China

Captain Hoff is the author of Make Elephants Fly and the CEO of Founders Space.

In this video, Captain Hoff answers the following questions:

• How do you close deals with Chinese investors?

• How do you launch your business to China?

• What are the opportunities with China right now?

• How do Chinese invest in Silicon Valley startups?

• What are Chinese VCs looking for in a startup?

Startup Conference 2018 on May 17


Startup Conference and International Startup Fair will be held on May 17, 9am – 5pm, at Fox Theater in Redwood City.

With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, 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.

BeFastTV: Talented Online Media and Video Production Team


BeFast.TV is an Online Media and Video Production house with the offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco. The BeFast.TV’s focus is Emerging Tech Companies and People behind them. Giving a voice for startup founders and tell their stories through video is the company’s main mission!

Video is a K-I-N-G ! You want you to look more professional and sexier when you have Visuals, Images and Videos! Your brand will get this elevated shine and look!

Global Blockchain Investment Summit on March 30


The 2018 Global Blockchain Investment Summit, hosted jointly by HYSTA and GBIB (Global Blockchain Investment Bank), will take place on Friday Mar 30th in Santa Clara, USA.

With the theme “Unraveling Mysteries of the Future-changing Blockchain Technology”, this event aims at bringing the deepest insights in blockchain technology, especially from the perspectives of technology, investment and entrepreneurship. It will feature 30+ industry experts, top-tier investors and successful entrepreneurs in one of the most in-depth discussions of blockchain as a technology, an industry and the core of many emerging business opportunities.

Startup Night with San Jose Sharks on March 22


Join startups, investors, tech and sports leaders at SAP Center 5-9pm with PodiumVC for an exclusive pregame event. Featuring a startup showcase, VIP sports panel and networking, followed by the NHL game between the Vegas Golden Nights vs San Jose Sharks and a postgame fan experience on center ice.

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You can find more information here.

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Festival on May 2, 2018


Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Festival, jointly presented by Hanhai Holdings, Ding Ding TV, China-US Business Summit, and Co-hosted by Nebulas, Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, will be held in Santa Clara Convention Center on May 2, 2018.

The Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Festival is a premier platform and networking opportunity for innovators from the United States and Asia. It is anticipated that conference will draw leading innovators, emerging entrepreneurs and investors, famous economists, business decision-makers and media professionals to exchange ideas and shape the future of technology and its applications.

Startups Can Get Sponsorship From Startup League For Collision 2018


The Startup League is selecting 5 amazing startups to exhibit at Collision, New Orleans, at 100% sponsorship on their ALPHA booth! (priced at $745)

All startups that are not selected for 100% sponsorship will receive a 25% sponsorship on their booth cost.

Startup League will also be supporting startups with:

• Free branded goodies and t-shirts
• PR shout-outs on media like Alleywatch, TNW etc
• Blog, social media and newsletter promos
and much more!

Thinking Fast and Slow — By Daniel Kahneman

Does our intuitive judgment work? What is intuition? How can we best solve problems? These are some of the questions answered in THINKING FAST & SLOW. It’s an interesting but not exciting read. Lots of information to digest. Would have been perfect at half the length.

Speaking the Language to Succeed in Silicon Valley


If you like Make Elephants Fly, we think you might also like another book that sheds light on how Silicon Valley works, Valley Speak: Deciphering the Jargon of Silicon Valley by Rochelle Kopp and Steven Ganz. Where Steve Hoffman’s book shows you how you can innovate like the best of those who came before you, Valley Speak gives you a grasp of the ‘lay of the land’: the techniques, assumptions, and jargon that you will need to navigate.

X-Summit on June 20, 2018 in Shanghai


Under the guidance of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization and the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Management Committee, X-Summit Global Innovation and China will be held in Shanghai on June 20, 2018.

If you are a startup founder and would like to be considered for participation, please contact [email protected] by March 12, 2018.

Startup founders that qualify will be invited to participate in a five- to seven-day Chinese innovation journey and may receive investment in addition to other benefits offered.

Machine Learning Innovation Summit, May 9-10, 2018 in San Francisco

Machine Learning Innovation Summit brings together leaders in the field to discuss the application of machine learning, deep learning, and AI in solving real business problems.

Speaker lineup includes leading data scientists, software engineers, and machine learning researchers discussing their work applying machine learning to real-world problems.

As organizations evolve and embrace technological advances, data becomes a key currency on which they can hope to gain an advantage over competitors and push business success. Machine learning offers a new solution – the ability for algorithms to learn without the need to be programmed.

Axiom Business Book Awards Winners 2018

Make Elephants Fly won the Axiom Business Book Awards!

Make Elephants Fly - Cover Founders
Book Overview

Make Elephants Fly reveals the process of radical innovation. Drawing on case studies from the most innovative startups in Silicon Valley, this step-by-step guide shows you how to develop, validate and launch your next huge idea.

Why It’s Important

Postal Pitch StartUp Challenge, April 3-5, 2018


The first Postal Pitch StartUp Challenge will be held during the PostalVision2020 Conference taking place from April 3-5, 2018 in Arlington (VA), USA (just outside Washington, DC).

Postal Pitch 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. StartUps can present their idea, product or solution to a wide audience, and a jury of postal and logistics innovation experts will select the StartUp that ranks best according to the award criteria. This is the first startup competition of its kind to be held in the U.S.!

Best Incubators & Accelerators in San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley

The San Francisco Business Times just ranked the top incubators and accelerators in the San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley. Founders Space was ranked #2.

What is a Startup Incubator?

What are the Best Startup Incubators & Accelerators in Silicon Valley?

What is Series A Funding for Startups?

Besides Silicon Valley what other great tech hubs are there?

SplashX Invent Health – Future of Clinics on March 15, 2018


SplashX Invent Health, produced by HP and Vator, is an intimate gathering taking a deep dive into a healthcare topic during an evening gathering at HP headquarters in Palo Alto. This time, it’s the Future of Clinics, a highly-curated, salon-styled gathering with hors d’oeuvres and wine on March 15, 2018.

Use promo code FOUNDS25 for 25% discount when registering here and hear conversations and network with executives from Walgreens Health, Sutter Walk-in Care, Kaiser, HP, Omada Health, Health IQ and healthtech VCs.

Create Your Now Podcast with Captain Hoff

Listen to the Create Your Now podcast with Kristianne Wargo and Captain Hoff.

There are over 1,000 episodes on everything from startups and innovation to personal fulfillment.

Check it out!