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
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."
Founders Space info:
Steven Hoffman full bio: