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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!

The Future of Airbnb After Its IPO?


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

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.

Why China Won’t Back Down in the Trade Wars

I travel to and from China on a regular basis for my business, so I’ve gained a unique perspective on how Chinese think about the Trade War. Most Chinese in the tech industry agree that free and fair trade is a good thing. They even want China to update many of its laws around IP and trade.

Shanghai Startup Scene is Amazing

Met some incredible startups in Shanghai this week. Their products include healthcare robots, firefighting drones, autonomous vehicles, methanol powered engines, AR publishing tools, cancer cures, and next-gen digital wallets. These companies are leading the way forward, and we plan to take them global.

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.

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




Impact Hub


Sandbox Suites

Taqueria Trabajo

Makeshift Society



Workshop Cafe


The Vault




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!

Founders Space is Rolling Across Asia!

Founders Space is rolling across Asia:

★ We just ran successful innovation and entrepreneurship programs in Beijing, Shenzhen, Xi’an, and Shanghai. We have more coming in South Korea, Taipei, and Singapore.

★ We’re planning to open up new incubators in Dongguan, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Hefei.

★ We are in talks with two of the biggest real estate companies in the world about expansion plans.

The Captain’s Diet

My latest obsession is to get into optimal shape. I’m exercising 1 to 2 hours a day and determined to lose 6 kg. I’ve already lost 3 kg. My diet is very simple:

1) Eat 30% less at every meal.

2) Don’t eat sugars, junk food, or fried food.

3) Don’t go out to eat too often.

That’s it. That’s my diet, and it’s working.

Predictions for the Future

While doing research for my next book, I found a number of interesting predictions from various sources. Here are some of the highlights:

• 1 trillion sensors will be connected to the internet by 2022.

• 10% of the world’s population will be wearing clothes connected to the internet by 2022.

• The first fully 3D printed car will be in production by 2022.

• The first implantable mobile phone will become commercially available in 2025.

How China Works

Check out the podcast How China Works by Brendan Davis and Yingying Li. If you’re planning on doing business in China, you don’t want to miss this!

APPLE: https://tinyurl.com/HowChinaWorks-iTunes

ANDROID: http://howchinaworks.libsyn.com

SOUNDCLOUD: https://tinyurl.com/HowChinaWorks-Soundcloud

STITCHER: https://tinyurl.com/hcw-stitcher

WEB: https://www.howchinaworkspodcast.com

The Hidden Lesson in Life

What this video doesn’t tell you is that if you put the beer into the jar first, you can drink as much as you like and still fill it with pingpong balls, and then add even more beer. LESSON: Party first. Big things second. Party more! And don’t get stuck in the sand. That’s the secret to enjoying life.

I’ve Had More Careers Than Cats Have Lives!

You can have another life. Just change what you do.

I have lived many lives because I am always changing what I do. I’m interested in so many things, and I don’t want to miss out on anything.

I began my career as an electrical computer engineer. That’s what I studied in college. But I wanted a more creative job, so I went to work in Hollywood and became a TV executive.

CMI Management Book of the Year Awards

Make Elephants Fly just made the Shortlist for the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards!

Make Elephants Fly will help you implement the same methodologies and processes as the most innovative startups in Silicon Valley. It will show you how startups come up with breakthrough products and services; how to structure innovation teams; the best ways to identify and vet new ideas; what it takes to foster a culture of innovation and how to establish a process of innovation throughout your organization.

When Will True Human-Like AI Arrive?

I’ve done a lot of research on this and talked to numerous AI experts. There is no consensus on when Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will arrive or how fast it will evolve. I can tell you that we’re still a ways off from developing true human-like AI. It’s not coming tomorrow.

What everyone can agree upon is that we keep raising the bar for AGI. It’s no longer a simple Turning Test using a chatbot. That goal for AGI is here already–or nearly so.

Founders Space Alumni Secure Funding

I want to congratulate two startups that received funding shortly after graduating our MIC Startup Program in Beijing.

Penny Li, PIMC, HR and team performance consulting, 10 million.

Wei ZHENG, Dianxiaohuo, retail data services, 20 million

Who Will I Become 10 Years from Now?

No one can predict the future. No one can control the events in their life. But everyone can make choices, and those choices add up to who we are and what we will become.

I hope you think carefully about each choice, even the small ones. Ten years from now, I hope you will be proud of your decisions. The sum of the decisions you make along the way, not the final results they produce, will define your character and the respect you deserve.