Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is the Chairman & CEO of Founders Space, a global innovation hub for entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors, with over 50 partners in 22 countries.

Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books. These include “Make Elephants Fly” (Hachette), “Surviving a Startup” (HarperCollins), and “The Five Forces” (BenBella).

In addition, Hoffman served on the Board of Governors of the New Media Council, was the founder and Chairman of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, and was a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group.

While in Hollywood, Hoffman worked as a TV development executive at Fries Entertainment, which produced over a hundred TV shows, 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.

In Silicon Valley, Hoffman founded 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 went on to launch Founders Space, with the mission to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs. Founders Space has become one of the top startup hubs in the world. Hoffman has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and provided consulting to many of the world’s largest corporations, including Qualcomm, Huawei, Bosch, Intel, Disney, Warner Brothers, NBC, Gulf Oil, Siemens, and Viacom.

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 in the air, visiting startups, investors, and innovators all over the world.

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

Keynotes & Seminars

Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) has given over two hundred talks at corporate events, conferences, and global summits.

Global Corporations, where Hoffman has given talks:

• Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Huawei, Bosch, Tencent, Barons, NetEase, Oracle, Deloitte, Vanke, Haier / GM, Oppo, Hortifrut, Novanta, etc…

Institutions & Universities where Hoffman has given talks:

• The Premier of China, Prime Minister of Malaysia, President of Taiwan. Government events for United States, South Korea, Turkey, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Belgium, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, France, Macau, India, Russia, etc. Harvard, Wharton, Berkeley, Stanford, Peking University, Tsinghua University, etc…

Conferences & Events where Hoffman has given talks:

NBMA
“Technology and Entertainment”

World Internet Conference
“The Future of Innovation”

Stanford GSB Conference in Stanford Campus
“Opportunities in the Mobile Industry ”

Microsoft Research Campus in Silicon Valley
“Gaming & Innovation”

IBM China Wireless Startup Event in Silicon Valley
“Innovating in Product Development”

China Wireless Event in Mountain View
“What it Takes to Innovate”

Total Access in Menlo Park
“Turbo Charge Your Virtual Currency Sales”

OnHollywood / AlwaysOn Top 100 in Los Angeles
“Content is King – But Where’s the Money in Online Music?”

Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles
“Virtual Worlds, Virtual Economies, Virtual Goods”

LA Games Conference
“Next Generation Virtual Worlds”

GamesBeat Conference in San Francisco
“Finalist in the “Who’s Got Game Startup Competition”

Engage Expo (Virtual Worlds Conference) in New York
“Parallel Virtual Worlds”

Gaming: The New Frontier in Mountain View
“Next Generation Gaming – what’s coming up?”

2nd Annual Teens in Technology Conf in Palo Alto
“Teens & Virtual Worlds”

Norwegian New Media Network in San Francisco
“Virtual Worlds & Media Convergence”

Gamer Technology Law Conference in LA
“The Explosion of Mobile Gaming”

USVP Entrepreneurs Panel in San Francisco
“The Digital Media Panel”

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in LA
“Small Screen: New Markets”

Producers Guild of America in San Francisco
“Mobile Entertainment”

International Institute of Film Finance in Palo Alto
“Producers Guild of America”

Mobile Game Conference in Bellevue
“The Mobile Community”

Casuality: Casual Game Conference in Seattle
“Business Models for Casual Games”

MoMeMo in Silicon Valley
“Mobile Games Business”

GABA in Silicon Valley
“Mobile Entertainment”

CES / GamePower in Las Vegas
“Advertising and Games”

MoMeMo Los Angeles
“Next Generation Mobile Gaming”

Mobile Entertainment Summit
“Games & Community: Next Generation Games: From 3D to Multi-player”

Digital Hollywood
“Advertainment to Games & Custom Branded Experience”

Casual Game Conference
“Skill-Based Gaming”

E3 iHollywood Forum’s “NextGen and Mobile Games Forum”
“Generating Revenue from Online, PC and Mobile Games”

Game Developers Conference “Casual Games Summit”
“Interactive Television Overview”

Canadian Authors Association “Sailing to New Markets” Conference
“Being a Writer in the Games Market”

Game Producers Panel in Hollywood
“Game Producers, Driving The Billion-Dollar Gaming Industry”

USC School of Cinema & Television in Los Angeles
“Writing for Video Games”

Digital Media Wire in Beverly Hills
“Future of Interactive Television”

Internet World in Los Angeles
“Interactive TV Experience”

Producers Guild of America in Los Angeles
“Presentation of New Media Council to PGA Board”

Digital Media Wire in Beverly Hills
“Interactive Games on the Internet”

Producers Guild New Media Seminar in Studio City
“New Media Success Stories in Television and Film”

[email protected] in Beverly Hills
“Interactive Television”

Convergence / iHollywood Forum in Marina Del Ray
“The Network Perspective on Interactive Television”

AIP in Santa Monica
“Successful Companies – What’s in the Toolbox”

IBDNetwork in Palo Alto
“iTV and T-Commerce: Strategies for Success”

Vojo in Santa Monica
“Team Building for Startups”

Internet Content West in Los Angeles
“Internet Entertainment”

Digital Media Outlook in New York
“Technologic Partners Venture Capital Conference”

Internet World in Los Angeles
“eDigital iBroadcast Network”

Digitization & Distribution of Media & Entertainment in Los Angeles
“Streaming Media Trends”

Interactive Television Conference in Los Angeles
“Broadband Distribution & The Future of Interactive TV”

NATPE in Los Vegas
“Virage Panel on Interactive Television”

Digital Coast in Los Angeles
“The Revolution WILL be Televised: mass-market arrival of TV/Web convergence”

eTV World in Los Angeles
“Producing for eTV Across Platforms”

Digital Living Room in Laguna Niguel
“Digital Video & Interactive TV”

WebLA in Pasadena
“The Present and Future of Design Shops”

WebLA in Pasadena
“TV Meets the Internet: Convergence and Beyond”

Digital Hollywood in New York
“Enhanced TV & E-Commerce, Monetizing the Interactive Experience”

@d:tech Conference in San Francisco
“Cross Media Strategies: TV Channels and their Web Sites”

Internet World in Los Angeles
“Internet Panels”

VIC Broadband Summit in Los Angeles
“The Future of Broadband Entertainment”

CES / Digital Hollywood in Las Vegas
“Broadband Entertainment”

International Conf. on Web-Based Modeling & Simulation
“Business Simulation Games”

SFSU Multimedia Studies Program
“Launching a Startup Company”

Multimedia Gulch Summit
“Best Educational Software Program”

San Francisco State University
“Developing Interactive Entertainment”

Intermedia Conference
“Next Generation Games & Entertainment”

Startup Cause in Cupertino
“New Networks: The Rise of Global Entrepreneur Networks”

New Media Film Festival in San Francisco
“New Dialogue, Voices & Avenues and Finding Where You Fit In”

FailCon in San Francisco
“Navigating the Exit”

CTIA “Mobile Content in Motion” in San Francisco
“Producers Guild: Mobile Gaming Discussion”

Virtual World Conference in Milpitas
“The Tools, The Goods, The Immersion Experience”

PariSoma in San Francisco
“Founders Stories”

Total Access in Menlo Park
“Founders Protection Plan”

eComm (Emerging Commutations Conf) in Menlo Park
“What’s Next in Augmented Reality on Mobile”

Startup Marketing Conference in Silicon Valley
“How to Market Your Startup”

Oracle Innovation Sessions in Silicon Valley
“Innovation in Silicon Valley”

Startup Basecamp in San Francisco
“How to Do a Startup”

F50 in Silicon Valley
“Fund Raising in Silicon Valley”

PR Summit in San Francisco
“How to Raise Capital in Silicon Valley”

SVIEF in Chengdu
“Technology of Tomorrow”

Idea To IPO in San Francisco
“How to Build a Successful Startup with Little or No Money”

Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum
“Era of Innovation: The Internet of Everything”

AngelLauch in San Francisco
“Perfecting Your Pitch”

USC Youth Entrepreneurs Conference in Los Angeles
“How to Launch Your Startups”

Selling Your Startup in San Francisco
“How to Sell Your Startup to Investors, Customers & Employees”

Angels Global Startup Summit in Silicon Valley
“Startup Magic: How to Innovate”

On-Demand & Sharing Economy in San Francisco
“Problems & Promise with the On-Demand & Sharing Economy”

SVIEF Smart Device Summit in Santa Clara
“Smart Devices”

Big Data Application Conference
“Technology Trends in Silicon Valley”

CEIBS in Shanghai
“Innovating Like a Startup”

INS Conference in Beijing
“Technology of Tomorrow”

TEIC Startup Bootcamp in Taipei
“How to Innovate in Silicon Valley”

NCTU Startup Bootcamp in Sinchu
“Getting Your Startup Funded”

Bitcoin Panel in Silicon Valley
“What You & Your Startup Need to Know about Bitcoins”

Startup Basecamp in San Francisco
“How to Pitch Investors”

PR Summit in San Francisco
“Major Capital Funding and Your Company’s Arrival”

F50 at Computer History Museum in Mountain View
“The Golden Rules of Startups”

French Connection in San Francisco
“Starting up in Silicon Valley”

Angel Pitch Competition at Pillsbury in Silicon Valley
“How to Attract Investors”

USA Angels Group in Silicon Valley
“Creating Breakthrough Companies”

beGlobal Conference in San Francisco
“What It Takes to Survive in Silicon Valley

IoT Future in Menlo Park
“The Internet of Things is Coming!”

LaunchFEST in San Francisco
“Doing Startups the Right Way”

Hello Startups Dutch Pitch Night in Palo Alto
“How to Create Unicorns”

Spain Chamber of Commerce Event in San Francisco
“Think Like a Startup”

Belgian Pitch Competition in Palo Alto
“Innovation and the Startup Machine”

Born2Global Pitch Night in Palo Alto
“Breaking Through in Silicon Valley”

App Circus in San Francisco
“Going Global with Innovation”

IBM SmartCamp in Silicon Valley
“What It Takes to Succeed with Your Startup”

Polish Startup event at RocketStudios in San Francisco
“Success in Silicon Valley”

SportsTech and the Business of Sports in San Francisco
“How Sports Startups Thrive”

LaunchFEST in San Francisco
“Tech Trends and Predictions – the Next Big Thing”

Lean Startup Machine in San Francisco
“The Lean Startup Methodology: Case Studies”

Startup Learning in San Francisco
“Funding & Explosive Product Market Fit”

AngelLaunch TechFest Venture Forum in San Francisco
“Venture Pitch: Tech Trends and Attracting Funding”

Berkeley-Haas Asia Business Conference in San Francisco
“Startup Mechanics & Innovation”

SVIEF Start-up Spring Contest in Silicon Valley
“Great Heroes & What They Can Teach Us”

AAMA Conference in Taipei
“Innovation the Creative Spirit”

AngelLauch in San Francisco
“Raising Financing for Seed and Series A”

Business Next Media in Taipei
“How to Build and Launch a Startup”

Tsinghua Summit at Intel Headquarters in Santa Clara
“What’s Coming Next”

RDR Tech Summit in Shanghai
“How to Create a Unicorn”

China Connection at Sofia University in Palo Alto
“Innovation Around the World”

MB5 Conference in Silicon Valley
“Funding in Silicon Valley”

BusinessNext Conference in Taiwan
“Innovation in Asia”

Crossing the Chasm
“Taking Your Startup to the Next Level”

SVIEF in Mountain View
“Innovating and Learning from Mistakes”

ZHIsland in Beijing
“Global Technology Trends”

AngelLaunch Pitch Boot Camp in Silicon Valley
“Strategies to Attract Investors and Present Your Pitch”

Investor in Startups at Academy of Arts in San Francisco
“Angel Investing in Startups”

Perkins Coie Startup Panel in Palo Alto
“Raising Capital for Startups”

Harvard Alumni Angels Conference in Silicon Valley
“Angel Investing in Startups”

Startup Cause in Cupertino
“New Networks: The Rise of Global Entrepreneur Networks”

New Media Film Festival in San Francisco
“New Dialogue, Voices & Avenues and Finding Where You Fit In”

FailCon in San Francisco
“Navigating the Exit”

PariSoma in San Francisco
“Founders Stories”

Total Access in Menlo Park
“Founders Protection Plan”

eComm Emerging Commutations Conference in Menlo Park
“What’s Next in Augmented Reality on Mobile”

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 app studio head, serial entrepreneur, and venture investor.

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