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2Questions.TV just launched on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio & TuneIn

Great news for all you entrepreneurs looking to learn something. 2Questions.TV just launched on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio & TuneIn. Check it out! Links to the show are below:

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The StartUp to ScaleUp Game Plan

Captain Hoff just appeared on the podcast The StartUp to ScaleUp Game Plan. Listen and learn how to scale-up your venture through innovation!

Stacking Growth Summit III

Join us at Stacking Growth Summit III. The purpose of the event is to bring the top growth marketers in the industry to speak and share their insights.

The main focus is to extract tactical information from some of the best in the industry. It’s a no BS type of conference that will have you walking away with growth tactics that you can use for your own endeavor.

SFBayTV Interview: Finding Good Startups

Innovate or Die is the Message!

Tune into Larry Rifkin’s American Trends, and listen to “Innovate or Die is the Message!

It’s a painful reality but we have seen corporate behemoths taken down by upstarts because they failed to focus on the changes in society and stuck to their outdated processes, often because they had so much invested in them. (Read: Kodak Is it enough to be nimble and quick? No. Is it enough to have the best technology? No. So how do you align for success in this era of exaggerated change?

Our Partner, SOMAcentral, Just Opened a New Co-Working Space in San Francisco

Our partner, SOMAcentral, has a new space at Sacramento & Battery in the heart of San Fracnisco’s Financial District

The new location is at 353 Sacramento Street, right across from Embarcadero 1. They have the entire 18th floor, so it’s got fantastic views! This is a clean, bright, fresh new space. Check out the pictures in the link below to see for yourself:

http://bit.ly/somacentral-sacramento-street-location

Trends Set to Dominate CES

As the CEO of Founders Space and author Make Elephants Fly, I’m used to working with startups from all over the world. Many of these are now preparing to come to CES to show off their latest achievements and launch their products.

These are the trends that will dominate CES this year:

– Everything is getting smarter. This is the year AI eats CES. AI is everywhere, from smart refrigerators to personal robots and intelligent security systems.

Birdnest Wins the Founders Space Pitch Competition


Birdnest is one of the winners of the Founders Space Pitch Competition. Over 30 startups pitched at Founders Space, and only 3 startups won!

Birdnest transforms unique restaurants into beautiful co-working spaces during the day. Their mission is to make going to work as affordable and flexible as going to Starbucks.

Contact: [email protected]

Teller Wins Founders Space Pitch Competition


Finterest, Inc. is the creator of teller, which was one of the winners of the Founders Space Pitch Competition. Over 30 startups pitched at Founders Space, and only 3 startups won!

There are 78M hourly wage workers in the US living with 100% income volatility, their employers suffer from 70% attrition rate on average. teller is a mobile first solution born at the intersection of these two problems, that reduces attrition of hourly wage workers and increases financial stability by allowing employers to provide daily cash incentives for behaviors that matter to their bottom line.

Makerpro Molds Wins Founders Space Pitch Competition


Makerpro Molds was one of the winners of the Founders Space Pitch Competition. Over 30 startups pitched at Founders Space, and only 3 startups won!

Makerpro Molds is an online distributed manufacturing platform for hardware companies seeking injection molding. Customers submit a 3D part file along with project requirements to their platform to receive quotes from highly vetted manufactures based on the specified requirements. The customer then proceeds to pick the best manufacturer according to price and/or manufacturing scenario.

7 Great Startups from Founders Space

7 great startups just graduated Founders Space:

1) GemFactory created a toy that teaches parents how to communicate with their kids. Their first product grossed US$70 million in Korea. They are now launching their new product, Cody Box, in the US. Contact [email protected]

2) Boltzman – accurate range prediction and energy management for electric and autonomous vehicles. Contact [email protected]

3) FitSole reduces injuries for runners with a smart shoe insole that senses pressure in the foot and recommends changes in exercise routines and running techniques. Contact [email protected]

EquBot, The First AI-Powered ETF

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Founders Space alumni, EquBot, launched its ETF on the NYSE on Wednesday under AIEQ, and it’s taking off! In just two weeks, investors have placed $60 million in the fund.

There has been 26 articles that have been written about EquBot in the last 3 days. Here are three of my favorites, please share our success!

Bloomberg
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/ibm-s-watson-is-key-to-new-artificial-intelligence-powered-etf

US News / Reuters
https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2017-10-18/new-etf-has-robots-pick-investments

MarketWatch
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-new-etf-uses-ibms-ai-technology-to-help-it-pick-winning-stocks-2017-10-18

Founders of the Month

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Our Founders of the Month are Sabelo Sibanda and Thulisile Volwana, who started Millbug, an electronics manufacturing company which developed Africa’s first solar-powered tablet PC, as well as Tuse, an Android app that tackles connectivity issues by allowing users to create wireless mesh networks.

What did it mean for your business to be selected for the Founders Space program and why are accelerators important for entrepreneurs?

Global Times Interview

Future Competition

Exeq.io Launches in App Store

Exeq

Founders Space Alumni Exeq.io launches today!

Exeq is the app for better spending, bringing fun to finance and budgeting. Exeq links to your bank and makes checking your bank account way less stressful.

The Exeq Feed
See your spending in one easy to follow feed that’s more than just numbers. Exeq works with all bank accounts and credit cards.

Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

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Don’t take life too seriously. Don’t worry about each decision you make. In life, you never know if you are making the right decision. Life is too complex, and there are too many variables. Sometimes it’s better to go with your heart and see what happens.

Many of the greatest opportunities in my life came out of nowhere. They came when I was just having fun. Coming to China was one of those decisions. If I had thought too much about it, I wouldn’t have come. Or I would have come but not invested the time to grow my business.

Think Like a General

General MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur was one of the world’s most innovative generals. He defeated the Japanese by his island hopping strategy. In battle, he would do the unexpected, showing up where the enemy least expected him.

Here three of his most famous saying. I think they apply to startups too:

1) You are remembered for the rules you break.
2) In war there is no substitute for victory.
3) Old soldiers (entrepreneurs) never die; they just fade away.

Bioprinting to the Classroom

SE3D is a Founders Space startup that designs and builds desktop bioprinters for education and research. Check out their Indiegogo campaign!

My Life in San Francisco

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Top Ten things this past week…

1) Work, work, work, fun, fun, fun, run, run, run! Playing Bocce ball with my friends. Brian Goggin is a local artist and wildman. He’s a killer on the Bocce Ball court.

Bocce Ball

2) My former business partner is Adam Zbar. His startup, Sun Basket, just hit $200M in revenue. We celebrated at his wife’s birthday party with drinks, music and hugs.