What are the latest brain-reading technologies and how they will transform our lives and the world? Discover the promise and perils of a future where our brains are directly connected to the Internet. The next generation of brain-computer interfaces (BCI), EEG devices, and brain chips are poised to change the way we think, communicate, and interact with one another.
• What is brain hacking and how does it work?
• Will everyone have a chip in their brain someday?
• Eventually, will humans be able to exchange thoughts and emotions online?
• Will it be possible to record a person’s dreams?
• Will you someday be able to upload yourself to the internet?
Steve Hoffman, or Captain Hoff as he’s called in Silicon Valley, is the Captain & CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators. He’s also an angel investor, VC, serial entrepreneur, and author of several award-winning books. These include “Make Elephants Fly” (published by Hachette) and “Surviving a Startup” (published by HarperCollins).
Hoffman was founder and Chairman of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, served on the Board of Governors of the New Media Council, 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.
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The Jewish High Tech Community, JHTC, hosts events with members from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on local events in Silicon Valley and locations in Mountain View and Palo Alto, CA. As always, members, guests and first-time attendees are welcome.
Our past JHTC events have covered startup founder experiences and robotics, and there is much more to come. It has been wonderful to see our group grow over the last few years, and I hope you will join us at our next event!
– Tanya Okmyansky, President