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Host Mike Maples Jr. from venture capital firm Floodgate offers lessons from the rare startup super performers — BEFORE they were successful. Pattern Breakers features interviews with some of Silicon Valley’s most legendary entrepreneurs and thought leaders, including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger, business maverick Mark Cuban, and Shopify co-founder Tobi Lütke.

Pattern Breakers Floodgate

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 372 Ratings

Host Mike Maples Jr. from venture capital firm Floodgate offers lessons from the rare startup super performers — BEFORE they were successful. Pattern Breakers features interviews with some of Silicon Valley’s most legendary entrepreneurs and thought leaders, including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger, business maverick Mark Cuban, and Shopify co-founder Tobi Lütke.

    Justin Kan: Pattern Breaker Personified

    Justin Kan: Pattern Breaker Personified

    • 42 min
    Breakthrough Lessons: The Value of a Superbuilder

    Breakthrough Lessons: The Value of a Superbuilder

    • 11 min
    Kyle Vogt: A Problem Solver With A Purpose

    Kyle Vogt: A Problem Solver With A Purpose

    Kyle Vogt has always been fascinated with designing robots and machines. From his youngest days, he retrofitted his father's car to drive itself along the highways of his home state of Kansas. Later, he dropped out of MIT and became a wildly successful startup founder, playing a crucial role in the development of Justin.tv and Twitch. With Cruise Automation, he returned to his roots, making robotaxis a reality rather than science fiction. In this episode, Mike Maples, Jr. of Floodgate speaks with Vogt about his career and the lessons learned from a lifetime of solving problems.

    • 39 min
    Breakthrough Lessons: Learning to Savor Surprises

    Breakthrough Lessons: Learning to Savor Surprises

    The ability to notice and savor surprises is a key overlooked skill of the greatest founders. It allows you to narrow in on the types of capabilities that will lead to breakthroughs. In this Breakthrough Lesson, Mike Maples, Jr of Floodgate calls on the lessons learned by Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear to discuss why founders should seek surprises instead of validation, and how positive surprises can be a key source of greatness.

    • 11 min
    Emmett Shear: How Twitch Changed Media by Merging it with Gaming

    Emmett Shear: How Twitch Changed Media by Merging it with Gaming

    Emmett Shear was a gamer long before he helped define one of the most important new media companies at the intersection of gaming, media, and the creator economy. What can we learn from his success as a founder? (hint: it has something to do with truly listening to users.)

    • 38 min
    Breakthrough Lessons: The One Thing That Matters Most…

    Breakthrough Lessons: The One Thing That Matters Most…

    In the early days of a startup, finding product-market fit is paramount. Once you have it, failure is almost impossible. Without it, you can do everything else right, and still fail. In this Breakthrough Lesson, Mike Maples, Jr of Floodgate discusses three heuristics for maximizing the odds of success: Find the right North Star, offer a Delta 4 experience, and don’t fool yourself.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
372 Ratings

372 Ratings

Thesquad12886 ,

Amazing

Mike is wonderful, this inspires me to keep pushing!

DLL 2 ,

Advice for nonprofits looking to scale

Founding and running a nonprofit gives you the chance to live closely to a societal problem you’re looking to solve until you come up with a solution. And then you want to shout it from the rooftops. You want to share it. You want to scale. But how? There is so much you don’t know. How to hire the right team, how to price, how to backcast from the solution, if founders and CEO’s should be the same person, and how to communicate in a way that investors understand. Floodgate is teaching me all this and more. I’m very grateful for the free education. I feel like I’be met a subset of people who understand and believe in the seemingly impossible things founders are trying to do. Mike (and the people on his podcast) are encouraging, because they have been there too and succeeded. They make me feel like I can too.

NoteMonster ,

Amazing

It’s like getting a startup MBA. Extremely well done. Extremely insightful.

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