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Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom


Jun 16, 2017

This week’s show features none other than tech-world legend Steven Hoffman. He is the Founder and Captain of Founders Space, a top tech incubator / accelerator from Silicon Valley that has been very successful in establishing themselves in China and elsewhere around the world as well.
 
Steven is also the best-selling author of “Making Elephants Fly”, released first here in China, in Chinese only (!), but rolling out in English worldwide in the Fall. Silicon Valley is technically Steven's home, but he spends more than 50% of his time in China, and his perspective is one you will want to hear.
 
He is a highly in-demand keynote speaker and has appeared in front of many millions of people in live audiences and simulcasts online throughout China in just this last year alone, so it is a real treat for me to welcome him to the show. 
 
In our chat, Steven shares solid, actionable advice for those seeking to create or advance their startup, what types of projects they look for at Founders Space, and other information that is invaluable to business people of all kinds. And of course we devote a lot of energy to China-specific questions, and get deeply into the answers, whether it’s discussing the unique opportunities here, what China is better at than their counterparts elsewhere and vice versa, and much much more. It is jam-packed with great information and I hope you enjoy it!
 
Steven’s resume is varied and extensive. Quoting from the Founders Space website a bit, for more context:
 
"Always innovating on his life, Steven Hoffman, known as Captain Hoff, has tried more professions than cats have lives, including serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, mobile studio head, computer engineer, filmmaker, Hollywood TV exec, published author, coder, game designer, manga rewriter, animator and voice actor.
 
Hoffman was Chair of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, Board of Governors of the New Media Council, and founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group.
 
After starting three venture-funded startups in Silicon Valley, Hoffman launched Founders Space with the mission to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Founders Space has become one of the top startup accelerators in the world with over 50 partners in 22 countries. Hoffman has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and routinely works with the world’s largest global corporations and venture funds. He’s also an LP in August Capital."
 
"BFMK" Website:
https://www.crazyinagoodway.com
 
Founders Space info:
https://www.foundersspace.com
 
Steven Hoffman full bio:
https://www.foundersspace.com/mentors/hoffman/
 
Carl King (composer):
http://carlkingdom.com