Captain Hoff’s Bio

Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is the CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators, with over 50 partners in 22 countries. Founders Space was ranked the #1 incubator for overseas startups by Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazines.

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” (published by Hachette), “Surviving a Startup” (published by HarperCollins), and “The Five Forces” (published by 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, known for producing 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 two more venture-backed 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 accelerators 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 San Francisco but spends most of his time in the air, visiting startups, investors, and innovators all over the world.

Captain Hoff hosts two Founders Space Podcasts: Startup Supercharge and Mentors & Masters

 

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Founders Space Podcasts

In Startup Supercharge, we show you exactly how to supercharge your business and turn small ideas into big opportunities. We dive deep on creating bulletproof models, blitz scaling, innovation cycles, raising venture capital, and more!

In Mentors & Masters, we tap into Founders Space’s global network of startup advisors, domain experts, and visionaries. Every episode brings you unique insights and ideas on how to reinvent your business and your life.

 

Workshops & Seminars:

In addition to being a TED speaker, Hoffman has given talks at hundreds of conferences, workshops, and events. He covers a range of topics, from innovation and entrepreneurship to leadership and technology.

TOPICS:

• Innovation
• Entrepreneurship
• Venture Capital Investing
• Future of Technology & Business
• AI, IoT, 5G, AgTech, FinTech, etc.

 

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Silicon Valley & the Future of Hollywood