The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

After hanging out with Michio Kaku in Malaysia, I was excited to read his latest book: The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.

It’s all about how we could eventually colonize other planets. Naturally, a lot of it is speculation. No one can know for sure. But it’s fascinating to read about the ideas and physics behind the theories. If you’re a Sci-Fi buff or an Elon Musk fan, you’ll love it!

A DARPA Perspective on Artificial Intelligence

The Fourth Age by Byron Reese

The Fourth Age by Byron Reese is a philosophical exploration of questions like can machines become conscious? What happens when robots can perform most work better than humans? And how will humans and ultra-smart AI coexist?

Reese is a good writer, and the book is thoughtfully put together. If you’re interested in these types of questions, it’s well worth the read.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss, a former international hostage negotiator for the FBI, is an amazing book. It dives deep on how to negotiate deals using techniques that actually work. You’ll find it invaluable.

Should You Raise Venture Capital for your Startup?

Before forgoing venture capital, I want you to honestly ask yourself these questions:

• Do you like the idea of living off of rice and beans for years?

• Do you mind slaving shoulder-to-shoulder with underpaid, sweaty teammates in a space far too small?

• Can you handle the endless nagging of concerned friends and relatives?

• Are you skilled at begging?

Why Startups Fail: Lessons Learned from Juicero’s Implosion

The startup Juicero proved this. In 2016, they launched a high-tech juicing machine. It was a marvel of engineering, complete with a camera to scan QR codes on packs of juice and an internet connection to verify if each pack had expired or not. The company’s founder, Doug Evans, compared himself to Steve Jobs and touted that his juice press wielded four tons of force.

Top 20 Marketing & Customer Acquisition Strategies for Startups

Here’s a quick overview of the marketing strategies you should have on your hit list:

• Search Engine Optimization – Make sure your websites and apps are optimized for search engines. Hiring an expert isn’t cheap, but it can pay dividends over the life of your company. A good example of this is LinkedIn. When LinkedIn was just beginning, all of its profiles were private. This limited people’s ability to find other people, especially when searching on Google. As soon as LinkedIn made the profiles public and optimized them for search engines, organic traffic took off.

Figuring Out Your Next Big Idea

Steve Hoffman explains why competition is the worst way to generate new ideas for your organization. Listen to him explain what works and doesn’t work when you want to take your organization or team to the next level.

Listen to the Podcast

Tune in to learn the following:

Never Chase Losers – Captain Hoff’s Rules for Closing Deals

I have one rule that is true for every type of sales is never chase losers. If someone is unwilling or unable to commit to deal, cut your losses and move on. The sooner you do this the better. Every day you spend chasing a deal that is unlikely to close is one day you could spend finding the right buyer, partner, investor, or client. Closing deals isn’t about spending time with the prospect; it’s about find the right prospect.

Innovation Forum

I participated in the China-U.S. Innovation Forum with my friends and partners from Xi’an.

I just heard a startup pitch from a professor of computer science who sings opera. She invented Alysia, which allows anyone to create original music, along with singing, in 10 minutes or less. You can try the demo at

Ziggurat is a professional Blockchain solutions provider from Xi’an. They’re from Jiaotong University. They are the first company to release a Crosschain protocol.

2018 1000 Plan Startup Contest in Silicon Valley

The 7th 1000 Plan Startup Contest is going to hit Silicon Valley on Friday July 20th!

Time: July 20th, 1 pm – 6 pm
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, Theater (2nd floor)

It is an international event, and all startups will be presenting in English. If you are startup with innovative technologies/business models, regardless of your age, location or nationality, you are welcome to apply by sending a pitch deck/business plan to [email protected]

Check out more information here.

Mad Mimi

We love Mad Mimi — and not just because we have an Aunt Mimi, who back in the 70s looked just like their cartoon mascot — but because it’s a great service. 

If you’re going to be sending out newsletters or doing any sort of email marketing, Mad Mimi makes it a whole lot easier.  Their system for designing email templates is simple and elegant.  It’s as easy as dragging and dropping in photos and artwork.  And the results are much better than you’d get with a typical email marketing service.  Their pricing is also really good.

Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018

TechCrunch Disrupt is back in San Francisco at Moscone West (Sept 5-7), and they’re looking for awesome startups to be a part of Startup Alley. Startup Alley is where hundreds of early-age companies showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors, and members of the press when you purchase the Startup Alley Exhibitor Package.

Open to both US and international startups that are pre-series A, Startup Alley is the perfect place to gain exposure for your company or launch a new product, as it boasts a variety of startup verticals, including VR, AI, Blockchain, Hardware, and many more.

NEXUS by Ramez Naam

NEXUS by Ramez Naam is a brain-twisting, action-packed Sci Fi novel. What would the future be like if a new drug could allow us to reprogram our minds and connect with each other? It’s the first part of a trilogy. Next comes Crux, then Apex.

Innovation Between China & Silicon Valley

Steve Hoffman will be giving a talk on Innovation Between China & Silicon Valley at the China-US Innovation Forum and Oversea Innovation Center.

Free Ticket – Sign Up Here

Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto
2050 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

Technology of Tomorrow & Startup Pitches

Sign Up:

Part 1: Technology of Tomorrow

First, Captain Hoff will give a talk on new, cutting-edge technologies and how they will transform our lives. He will cover everything from ingestible robots to biological computers, smart dust, nano bots, bionics, brain chips, and DNA editing. Hoffman will explain how we can use these fundamental technologies to seed other planets, create new species of plants and animals, and connect our brains directly to the internet.

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

You will love or loath this book: The Black Swan.

You will either think the author is brilliant, witty, passionate and insightful, or you will find him a pompous, egotistical, irritating blowhard.

I actually enjoyed the book, but my partner couldn’t get past the first chapter.

Ironically, all you need to read is the first chapter or two. The rest of the book just elaborates on the same points.

“Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Great book for a college student who has no idea what career path to take. Not so interesting if you already know what you want to do.

Worldwide competition: Lock it & Relax!

Austrian Federal Railways, Austria’s largest mobility services provider, has launched a worldwide competition calling for innovative and market ready train luggage security systems for their premium long distance train Railjet. Lock it & Relax is a competition aiming at making train travel across Europe more relaxing, carefree, and effective in terms of baggage safety. Get on the train, store your baggage and enjoy the ride without ever having to worry about the safety of your belongings.

Pair Networks

Pair Networks provides all the hosting for Founders Space.   The reason we chose Pair Networks is that they are incredibly reliable.

We have been using them for over 10 years on various projects.  They provide excellent customer support, and unlike so many other hosting providers, you can talk to a real live tech support person on the phone. 

I can’t tell you what a difference this makes when you need it.  If you value uptime and want a hosting provider that actually responds quickly to your questions, go with Pair Networks.