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.

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).

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

Top 20 Coworking Spaces & Shared Offices in Silicon Valley & San Francisco

There are plenty of great co-working spaces in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Here’s a list of the top ones:

Founders Space
https://www.foundersspace.com/coworking/

Spaces
spacesworks.com

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/

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.

JHTC: Future of Transportation, May 14, 2019


Changes in the way people and goods are transported are happening at a rapidly growing pace, from electric and autonomous vehicles to delivery drones. We are entering a new era of transportation. California Governor Jerry Brown has set a target in the state for 5 million electric vehicles on our roadways by 2030 – that’s an almost 900% growth rate from where we are today. Furthermore, all major automakers have allocated significant funding to the development of self-driving vehicle technology and many have targets to reach some level of autonomy by the early 2020s. With significant changes in our mobility patterns and increased complexity in the technology, the transportation industry is undergoing a transformation. This session will ask their panelists: What is the future of transportation? Is it realistic? How will these new trends affect how we interact with the world around us? What are some of the advantages and perhaps, challenges to these changing trends?

Looking for a Talented Computer Science Intern?

Anyone looking for a really talented Computer Science intern this summer?

If so, contact us!

Captain Hoff

Inspired by Failure Podcast

Listen to the Inspired by Failure podcast with Michi Yamamoto. If you are a startup founder and would like to appear on the show, just contact Michi on his YouTube Channel.

Listen Now to the Podcast!

EuroCruise 2019 on May 9

Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Bay celebrating Europe Day 2019.

The European-American business organizations of the Bay Area cordially invite you to celebrate Europe Day 2019 on May 9th. This networking cruise will promote and connect values, people and businesses from the Bay Area and Europe. Enjoy a glass of champagne, music and delicious appetizers and network with the most prominent members of the European business community while looking at beautiful sunset views.

Why is 996 a Really Bad Idea?

I do lots of business in China, and I can tell you, most Chinese work 996, which means from 9 am to 9 pm six days a week. Many employees are compelled to work 997. And people in the tech industry often work even longer hours. Mike Moritz, the famous VC from Sequoia Capital, said US workers should do the same, but I totally disagree.

Startup World Cup 2019 Grand Finale on May 17


Startup World Cup is a global event where startups from around the world will be coming to San Francisco to battle for a US$1,000,000 grand prize in investment.

Startup World Cup is partnering with some of world’s largest conferences and tech events to host 40+ regional startup competitions across 6 continents – North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The goal of Startup World Cup is to create innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems all over the world. Entrepreneurs from many different countries will be able to use the Startup World Cup platform to build great companies and improve the possibilities for themselves.

The Future of FinTech: Pitch Night on April 24, 2019

April is FinTech month at Startup Basecamp! Join Startup Basecamp for an exciting Pitch Nigh on the future of FinTech!

This is a pitch event where fintech startups (seed/series A) will have the opportunity to pitch to investors and industry leaders to get feedback on their pitch and connect with significant Silicon Valley players. Expect drinks, an awesome crowd and significant opportunities to connect with the best people in the fintech space in a fun environment!

2019 Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Festival (May 2)

The 4th Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Festival (SVEF), jointly presented by Ding Ding TV, China-US Business Summit, and sponsored by Acorn Campus will be held on May 2, 2019 at Santa Clara Convention Center. We are offering 100 free tickets with the discount code FOUNDERSPACE when registering here by April 15, 2019.