Category: Founders Feedback (Page 1 of 11)

Austin Degenhardt, Founder of Paul Hardt (US)

Founders Space adds value in ways you don’t always see. Their online resources are great with boiler plate documents, a video / email series, advice, and connections for early stage companies that only a long career and Silicon Valley can get you.

If you want to learn how to pitch this is the place for you. Steve Austin is the Pitch-Trainer and he does not play around. He will tell you exactly what you need to do to get your message across clearly – AND IT WORKS. I now can pitch my business in 45 seconds, two minutes and 3 minutes.

They know how to communicate with investors and executives and for most of us startup founders, we don’t have the luxury of 20 years experience, so listen! Read More...

Sangwoon Chie of WiseJet (Korea)

Participating in the Founder Space Program was a valuable experience for our company as well as myself. I truly appreciate the help from Captain Steve Hoffman, Naomi Kokubo, Steve Austin and all other speakers.

From the 2 weeks program, I learned about the essential values of the start-up and how to apply them to our case. It was also a great opportunity to improve my pitch deck with the training of Steve Austin and all advices from the experienced mentors.

Once again, thanks to all Founders Space members, the mentors, and all the VCs and angel investors participated to the event.

Liz Godwin, Cofounder of Seknova (Taiwan)

Founders Space is not what you would expect from the average accelerator program. Instead of coddling you, telling you how great your company is, and giving you overly basic and optimistic overviews of starting a company, the FS Program breaks your business down to its very core with classes designed to test and provoke you. The program is by no means easy and forces you to face the reality that your idea and business plan are not as perfect as you think they are. But this reality check is exactly what startup founders need.

You need to learn to be critical of your business at every turn. You need to learn to look past your great invention and focus on REAL customer needs. You need to learn how to talk to and gain valuable information from customers, investors, and potential partners. You need to learn to “GET TO THE POINT”. You need Founders Space.

This program is so much more than one to two weeks of courses culminating in a pitch event. The classes are highly focused and informative. Captain Hoff, Naomi Kokubo, Steve Austin and all the other mentors truly want to see you succeed. And you will learn even more from the other startup founders. New ideas, possibilities, and partnerships will present themselves when you least expect them. I would highly recommend the program to any startup founder ready to take their business to the next level. Read More...

Barry Wang, Cofounder of Seknova (Taiwan)

I am glad I joined the 2-week program at Founders Space. This awesome place provides greatest class for startups, and I especially enjoyed the mentor Steve Austin’s class.

He trained us and improved our pitch to higher level. He shared his abundant sales experiences in America and other countries. He let me know the key value of operating a company in just 2 weeks.

I also enjoyed the communication with many great entrepreneurs from different countries. Learning and teaching from each other and grew together. Read More...

Kwon Ik Hwan, Founder of Schaffengott (Korea)

Over the last six years, I have been involved in many entrepreneurial training programs in Silicon Valley, USA.
For the most part, a similar pattern of education was far from realistic and took too much time.

But Founders Space’s enthusiastic mentors and realistic lectures gave us a lot of enthusiasm and joy.

It was always a dark night at the end of the training, but it burned up a passion as hot as it returned to high school. Read More...

Peter Park COO of GreenZone Security (Korea)

“Excellent Startup Program and great fun!”

It was great participating in Founders Space’s accelerator program. Captain Steve Hoffman, Naomi Kokubo, and Steve Austin — they all helped develop an easy to understand IR pitch deck in the manner and methodologies perfected throughout the program. I would highly recommend their take to get up-to-date on the latest, best learning available.

I really appreciated the insight that was provided. Steve Austin’s training style was impressive and fantastic. He is clearly an expert at global accelerator program at Silicon Valley, and especially, Naomi is the best trainer and a serial entrepreneur. Many ideas that were said during 2 weeks program were very logical and straightforward but until then I haven’t considered them as so important. Finally I got shock, and it was big bang for me after I finished my final pitch deck on podium. She reminded me. Read More...

Renato Ignacio, Founder of Minubia (Curaçao)

It was absolutely amazing to participate in two Founderspace programs: First in Curaçao and then in Silicon Valley itself. We really appreciate the broad scope and high quality of the sessions. All very interesting and real eye-openers.

With the enthusiastic leadership of Captain Hoff and the excellent guidance of Naomi we were able to enjoy the program and get truly inspired. And then there was our mentor and sometimes drill-sergeant Steve Austin. Incredible how much we learned from him in a short amount of time. Showing us how to mold our message and bridge the cultural differences elevated our pitch to another level.

Also a big thanks to BrainCoral Labs for introducing us to Founderspace and connecting us to so many inspiring people in Sillicon Valley. Read More...

Warren Friesner, CEO of Language Hero (USA)

Founders Space is unique among all accelerator or incubator programs I’ve participated in because it creates an immersive environment for learning and forces Companies to really pay attention to their fundamentals in terms of business models and how they communicate who they are to others. It’s particularly good in how it helps us see things from the Investor and customer side, rather than from our own sometimes sheltered point of view.

Plenty of startups have great ideas and innovative products. That’s not nearly enough to succeed. Being able to recast a product as a cost-effective (no-brainer) solution for your customer’s pain point— in fact, as the solution they really need to have…that’s what Founders Space’s instructors do so well. Bringing a wealth of C-level personal experience combined with an intense dedication to the needs of their students, particularly international ones, who face their own unique cultural and communicative issues, Founders Space takes ordinary communicators with innovative products and helps them find their inner “visionary” focused on creating game-changing solutions for real world problems or offering consumers exciting new choices that improve the quality of all of our lives.

Warren Friesner, CEO
Language Hero, Inc.

Andrew Koob, Co-owner of ViewPointSystem (Austria)

Andrew150Having the opportunity to participate at the Founders Space accelerator program was a one in a lifetime experience I will never forget. If I think of it, the program already started weeks before in Vienna when Steve Austin clearly made me understand how things work in Silicon Valley and what I need to learn to make things happen here – Thanks Steve!

Captain Hoff and Naomi as well as the mentors were great and not only spent quality time with companies but were enthusiastic about helping and would go out of their way to meet with us outside of office hours and even after the actual program had ended.

This is certainly well above the norm, therefore my thanks to the whole team! Read More...

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