Steven Hoffman

STEVEN HOFFMAN, or Captain Hoff as he’s called in Silicon Valley, is the Chairman & CEO of Founders Space (, one of the world’s leading incubators and accelerators. He’s also an angel investor, limited partner at August Capital, serial entrepreneur, and author of several award-winning books. These includeMake Elephants Fly ( published by Hachette, Surviving a Startup ( published by HarperCollins, and The Five Forces ( published by BenBella.

Steven Hoffman was the founder and chairman of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, served on the Board of Governors of the New Media Council, and was founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group. In Silicon Valley, Hoffman founded several startups in the areas of games and entertainment and worked as mobile studio head for Infospace, which published the hit mobile games Tetris, Wheel of Fortune, Tomb Raider, Thief, Hitman, Skee-Ball, and X-Files.

Hoffman has a bachelor of science from the University of California in computer engineering and a master in fine art from the University of Southern California in cinema television. He currently resides in San Francisco but spends most of his time in the air, visiting startups, investors, and innovators all over the world.

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