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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

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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: “BIG D" Design

    Lessons of Greatness: “BIG D" Design

    Lots of people think about design from the perspective of how a product should look and function. But design can be applied to greatness on many more levels than most realize. In this lesson of greatness, Mike Maples, Jr of FLOODGATE discusses how you can design your opportunity, your team, your market, your category, your culture, and even your own life. "Big D" design is about understanding that you have the chance to be more intentional in more areas that contribute to success than most realize.

    • 7 min
    Qasar Younis and Peter Ludwig of Applied Intuition: A Startup Designed to Win

    Qasar Younis and Peter Ludwig of Applied Intuition: A Startup Designed to Win

    • 37 min
    Lessons of Greatness: How to Defeat "We're F*cked, It's Over" (WFIO) Moments

    Lessons of Greatness: How to Defeat "We're F*cked, It's Over" (WFIO) Moments

    Your startup will face multiple WFIO moments on the path to greatness...COUNT ON IT. But that doesn’t mean you should let these moments get inside your head. In this lesson of greatness, Mike Maples, Jr of FLOODGATE discusses how every startup team MUST be prepared to take the initiative in the crucible of the WFIO moments they will inevitably face. The bright side? You can use these horrible situations as defining moments to show everyone that your startup is destined to defeat the impossible.

    • 12 min
    Ben Horowitz: “The IPO From Hell” and Other REAL Lessons from the Startup Crucible

    Ben Horowitz: “The IPO From Hell” and Other REAL Lessons from the Startup Crucible

    Startups are romanticized AFTER they win. But it takes extraordinary grit to have what it TAKES to win. Ben Horowitz, the co-founder of Andreessen-Horowitz, is the perfect guest to tell it like it is, as he has for many years in his books "the Hard Thing About Hard Things" and "What You Do Is Who You Are." Mike Maples, Jr of FLOODGATE interviews Ben to discuss the ups and downs of dealing with "the struggle," and why the best startup leaders are often the ones who simply refused to quit.

    • 44 min
    Lessons of Greatness: The future is DESIGNED, not predicted

    Lessons of Greatness: The future is DESIGNED, not predicted

    Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel understands that the task of a revolutionary startup is to manifest a radically different future, and not merely settle for a marginal improvement. But how did he make that future a reality with messenger RNA Therapeutics, and how can you do it with your startup? In this lesson of greatness, Mike Maples, Jr of FLOODGATE goes in-depth on the three strategies to designing a future where your startup achieves greatness: Play offense with risk, use the Backcasting method, and connect the future to the present.

    • 13 min
    Stephane Bancel of Moderna: $5B and 10 years on the path to changing humanity

    Stephane Bancel of Moderna: $5B and 10 years on the path to changing humanity

    What’s it like to run a startup that has achieved its goal of impacting humanity at a time of desperate need? Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel joins Mike Maples, Jr of FLOODGATE to discuss the power of taking offensive risks to seize unlikely futures with massive upside, sometimes with the result of changing the odds of life itself. For founders seeking greatness, the conversation also teases out many of the enduring lessons of how we can increase the odds of creating massive breakthroughs.

    • 45 min

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If you are just starting out, this is your go to podcast

I have listened to the first episode via Tim Ferriss Show and I was hooked.
If you are like me, starting out, not neccessarily first time and you are determined to make it, be sure to listen carefully and pay close attention. Thank you for making this podcast available to all of us! Deeply appreciate the host and all the guests.

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