17 episodes

Host Mike Maples Jr from venture capital firm FLOODGATE offers lessons from the startup super performers—BEFORE they were successful—featuring interviews with some of Silicon Valley’s most legendary entrepreneurs and thought leaders, including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger, and more.

Starting Greatness Floodgate

    • Entrepreneurship

Host Mike Maples Jr from venture capital firm FLOODGATE offers lessons from the startup super performers—BEFORE they were successful—featuring interviews with some of Silicon Valley’s most legendary entrepreneurs and thought leaders, including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger, and more.

    Lessons of Greatness: Why Great Ideas Won't Wait

    Lessons of Greatness: Why Great Ideas Won't Wait

    It's tempting to start a company when it meets the conditions of your "master plan." But sometimes you realize that an idea has visited you and it is now or never...you must either plunge in and take the chance NOW, or watch from the sidelines while someone else makes it happen.

    • 6 min
    How Todd McKinnon of Okta believed (even when he sometimes didn't) in the inevitability of breakout success.

    How Todd McKinnon of Okta believed (even when he sometimes didn't) in the inevitability of breakout success.

    Todd McKinnon co-founded Okta when most around him thought it was a bad idea. And soon, he started to wonder if they were right. Was he cut out to be a startup company builder? But eventually, he proved to everyone (and most importantly to himself) that he was right to believe from the very start.

    • 29 min
    Lessons of Greatness: How to Get Customers to Hire Your Product

    Lessons of Greatness: How to Get Customers to Hire Your Product

    What job should a desperate customer hire YOUR product to do? Answering this question is key to unlocking a key lesson of greatness. Here we discuss how the Instagram founders illustrate this lesson perfectly and how you can apply it to your own success as a startup founder.

    • 7 min
    How Instagram Delighted 1 Billion Users....but Almost Didn't

    How Instagram Delighted 1 Billion Users....but Almost Didn't

    Find out how Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger trusted their instincts and overcame rookie mistakes on the way to building Instagram, which now gets close to 100 Million photos uploaded a DAY.

    • 40 min
    Lessons of Greatness: How You Can Tame the Startup Rollercoaster

    Lessons of Greatness: How You Can Tame the Startup Rollercoaster

    The Startup Rollercoaster is not fun, but it's a reality of startup life. The great founders learn to manage it rather than be overwhelmed by it. In this lesson of greatness, Mike Maples summarizes key lessons from Kim Polese's success at this, as well as specific techniques to stay grounded through all of the inevitable ups and downs.

    • 6 min
    Kim Polese: Building the Early Web with Java and Marimba

    Kim Polese: Building the Early Web with Java and Marimba

    Kim Polese, the founding product manager for Java at Sun, as well as co-founding CEO of Marimba, talks about how Java almost didn't come to be....as well as her experiences riding the startup rollercoaster as a high-profile, and ultimately successful startup founder.

    • 32 min

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