Steven Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is an expert on AI innovation strategy and author of three award-winning books: “The Five Forces” (AI & tech) published by BenBella and distributed by Penguin Random House; “Make Elephants Fly” (innovation) published by Hachette; “Surviving a Startup” (entrepreneurship) published by HarperCollins.

Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of multiple venture-backed startups, and Chairman & CEO of Founders Space, a global startup accelerator and innovation hub for entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors, with over 50 partners in 22 countries.

Hoffman has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs launch their companies and take them global. He has also advised many of the world’s top corporations on innovation strategy, including Qualcomm, Huawei, Bosch, Intel, Disney, Warner Brothers, NBC, Siemens, Viacom, Gulf Oil, etc.

Prior to this, Hoffman worked as a TV development executive at Fries Entertainment, which produced over a hundred TV shows, movies, and mini-series that were acquired by MGM. He went on to pioneer interactive television with his venture-funded startup, Spiderdance, which produced interactive TV shows with NBC, MTV, Turner, Warner Brothers, History Channel, Game Show Network, and others.

While in Hollywood, Hoffman served on the Board of Governors of the Producers Guild of America’s New Media Council. He was also founder and Chairman of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter and a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group.

Hoffman went on to launch several startups in the areas of games and entertainment, and worked as Mobile Studio Head for Infospace, with such hit mobile games as Tetris, Wheel of Fortune, Tomb Raider, Thief, Hitman, Skee-Ball, and X-Files.

Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of California and a master’s degree in film and television from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in California but spends most of his time traveling, visiting entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators all over the world.

Speaking Topics (Books)
The Five Forces (AI & New Tech)
Make Elephants Fly (Radical Innovation)
Surviving A Startup (Entrepreneurship)

More Speaking Topics
• The Innovation Explosion
• 20 Deadly Startup Mistakes
• Building Startup Ecosystems
• Golden Rules of Venture Capital
• Future Life: AI, IoT and Smart Cities
• Silicon Valley Tech & Investment Trends
• AI, Robotics, and the Future of Humanity
• Mind Hacking: Connecting our Brains to the Internet

Interviews with Captain Hoff
Success Story
Financially Free
Unmistakably Creative
The Silicon Valley Podcast

Books for Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Thinkers

✪ Make Elephants Fly ✪
✪ Surviving A Startup ✪
✪ The Five Forces ✪

Brain Hacking & Mind Tech

YouTube video

Silicon Valley & the Future of Hollywood

YouTube video

Founders Space Podcast

Fun Fact

Captain Hoff has had more careers than cats have lives, from Hollywood TV exec and screenwriter to game designer, manga rewriter, voice actor, animator, electrical engineer, podcast host, author of four books, computer programmer, mobile studio head, serial entrepreneur, and venture investor.

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