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Always innovating on his life, Steven Hoffman, known as Captain Hoff is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, filmmaker and Hollywood TV exec. 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 including Instagram, Twilio, Mashable, 99 designs, etc.
史提芬·霍夫曼被人称作为霍夫船长，在他的生活中始终不断地在进行着创新，他是连续创业者、风险投资人、天使投资人、电影制片人以及好莱坞电视剧执行人。在硅谷创办了3家风投基金初创企业之后，霍夫曼创办了创始人空间（Founders Space），其使命是教育及快速培育企业家及公司内部高管。创始人空间已在22个国家超过50多个合作伙伴，成为了全世界最领先的初创加速器之一。霍夫曼已对数以百计的初创企业创始人及大企业高管进行了关于硅谷创新艺术的培训，包括图片分享平台Instagram。 霍夫曼在加州大学圣塔芭芭拉分校（UC Santa Barbara）获得了计算机工程的学士学位，然后又在南加利福尼亚大学（USC）获得了电影电视制作的硕士学位。
In Silicon Valley, Steven Hoffman is known as Captain Hoff. He’s the Captain and Chairman of Founders Space, where he has educated and trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation.
Founders Space was ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Inc. Magazine and the #1 Accelerator for startups coming to Silicon Valley from overseas in Forbes Magazine.
Always innovating on his life, Hoffman 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.
As a boy Hoffman dreamed of making movies and games. He created over 50 short films and 80 games before graduating high school. Pursuing his passions, he earned a BS in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in Cinema Television from USC.
His first job in Hollywood was reading TV scripts, but he quickly rose to development executive. Moving to Japan, he went on to work at Sega, where his group collaborated with Hollywood on interactive movies and games.
Upon returning to Silicon Valley, Hoffman founded LavaMind, which produced dozens of online and mobile games, as well as designed digital products for Disney, Qualcomm, Intel, MetLife and Sesame Workshop.
Hoffman launched Spiderdance, his second startup, producing interactive TV shows for MTV, NBC, Warner Brothers, TBS, Sony and A&E. At the same time, Hoffman helped found the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group and the Producers Guild New Media Council.
After writing a book on game design, Hoffman joined Infospace, as their North American Studio Head, where he ran US mobile games. Hoffman then cofounded three venture funded startups focused on media, games and entertainment.
Today, Hoffman heads Founders Space and works with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and investors in 22 countries to create innovations that rock the world!
Jan Smejkal is helping to build startup communities in China, APAC and beyond on behalf of Startup Grind. He helped to launch a venture for Rocket Internet (in 2 markets), built an online business during his last year of BA and found a passion in connecting and educating people in the startup world.
Jan grew up in a small village in the south of the Czech Republic with a strong desire to explore the world and challenge himself. He studied Mechatronics in high school, has a BA in Economics and Finance and is now pursuing an MSc in Management at the Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen (China).
Jan Smejkal 在商业发展与资源对接领域有着丰富经验。目前，他代表Startup Grind运营一个名为APAC的中国初创社群。此前，他帮助Rocket Internet在两个市场确认了风险投资，在大四创立了电商，并找到了自己对于连接、启发创业界人士的激情。Jan成长于捷克共和国南部的一个村庄，有着探索世界、挑战自己的强烈欲望。他在高中学习了机械电子，在本科取得了经济与金融学位，目前在北京大学设立于深圳的HSBC商学院学习管理科学硕士项目。