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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.

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)

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.

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?

中文翻译下面…

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.

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/

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.