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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 • 370 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.

    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
    Michael Seibel: “The Godfounder” Discusses Justin.tv, Twitch, and Y Combinator

    Michael Seibel: “The Godfounder” Discusses Justin.tv, Twitch, and Y Combinator

    Michael Seibel didn’t set out to become a legendary startup founder. As a young man, his sights were set on politics, dreaming of a future on the Supreme Court. But his friendship with fellow Yale classmate Justin Kan led to a fortuitous cross-country trip to California that changed everything. In this episode, Mike Maples, Jr. of Floodgate talks with Seibel about the creation of Justin.tv and Twitch, and the wisdom he shares with aspiring founders as a partner and managing director at Y Combinator.

    • 47 min
    Welcome to Pattern Breakers

    Welcome to Pattern Breakers

    Mike Maples, Jr. of Floodgate is back with a new season of his podcast, once called Starting Greatness, now renamed Pattern Breakers. The focus remains, but with increased ambitions. In this season intro, Mike explains his reasons for expanding the podcast's scope, what listeners can anticipate going forward, and details about a forthcoming book set to release this summer. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode, and check out the new Pattern Breakers letter on Substack at www.patternbreakers.substack.com to read essays and receive updates about what we can learn from the rare startups that achieved outlier success. It’s go time for Pattern Breakers!

    • 6 min
    Breakthrough Lessons: Nail Your Niche

    Breakthrough Lessons: Nail Your Niche

    Founders are naturally drawn to the tantalizing potential of their product reaching a vast market, but the route to victory starts with nailing a niche before going for the broader opportunity. In this lesson of greatness, Mike Maples, Jr of Floodgate calls on the lessons of Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek to examine how this is done: Identify a stronghold where you can dominate, deliver a Delta 4 experience, and do everything possible to create unfair advantages in your favor.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
370 Ratings

370 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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