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.

Best San Francisco & Silicon Valley Coworking Spaces, Including SOMAcentral, RocketSpace, Parisoma, NextSpace, CitizenSpace and more!

Below is a pretty comprehensive list of San Francisco and Silicon Valley coworking spaces:

  • Founders Space || Website • Locations all around the world.
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  • Spaces || Website • (844) 677-2237 • 95 Third St., 2nd floor, San Francisco California
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  • Citizen Space SF (SOMA) || Website • (415) 501-9155 • 425 Second Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, 94107
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  • Colearn Space (SOMA) || Website • (831) 295-1482 • 425 Second Street, Suite 101, San Francisco, 94107
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    The Fisherman & The VC

    There was a man who fished two hours a day, caught enough fish to feed his family and make a small profit, then enjoyed his free time playing his guitar, dancing with his wife, and chatting with his friends until late into the night.

    Then a VC came along and told the man to spend more time at sea, catch as many fish as possible, invest the profits in more boats, then build a cannery, launch a global distribution network, dominate the seafood markets, and change the world!

    Quantum Computing Double Play, August 1, 2019

    Quantum Computing Double Play: Tutorial + Industry Experts event will be held on August 1 at ColorBloq, 435 Brannen Street, San Francisco.

    An informative combo of learning and expert panel will bring you up to speed on this transformative technology moving briskly toward commercializing. Attending is a time-effective way to become acquainted with both the technology and major players in this exciting sector.

    Session 1:
    5:00 – 6:00 Quantum Programming Tutorial

    The Future of Airbnb After Its IPO?

    I liked Airbnb from the very beginning, and I can tell you exactly why.

    First of all, Airbnb is a marketplace that connects guests with landlords. This is a very difficult type of marketplace to make successful, but once you achieve a critical mass of users, it’s incredibly hard to replicate. This is because people looking for places to stay will always gravitate towards the largest selection of spaces, and landlords with space to rent will always post their properties where there are the largest number of potential buyers. The first company to achieve this combination creates an enormous barrier to entry for their competitors. This allows them to monetize the site deeply without fear of losing their customers. Airbnb was a first-mover in opening up a new source of real estate that was untapped by competitors. This gave them a big first-mover advantage.

    Secret Recipes for Building & Running a Successful Innovation Program inside of a Large Corporation

    by Will Wang — Corporate Innovation Partner at Founders Space

    With emerging technologies and startup disruptions, many global multi-national corporations are facing huge challenges for new business innovation. Nowadays, there is a big trend that many corporations are tapping into startup ecosystem, as they are seeking startup knowledge, new technologies and open collaborations, in order to stay at the forefront of innovation. Especially, many industry leading players proactively look for digital transformation into a high-tech, software integrated and data-driven service company. Therefore, many corporations started to seek out strategic partnerships for launching a successful innovation program. Here are six critical recipes for building and running a successful innovation program inside of a large corporation.

    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.

    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.

    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.