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: You are Yoda, not Luke
Nancy Duarte emphasizes that storytelling has been one of the most compelling tools of persuasion for centuries. But founders embracing the storytelling form often make a crucial mistake: They cast themselves as the protagonist in the hero's journey, rather than the specific people they intend to persuade. Getting storytelling right means the founder is the mentor of the story (ie Yoda), rather than the hero (ie Luke.) This is true whether the audience is the customer, future employees, investors, journalists, or the audience at your next TED talk.
Nancy Duarte: Why storytelling is vital to entrepreneurship
Nancy Duarte has helped people like Al Gore tell an inconvenient truth, as well as some of the most important tech execs, get their stories told. She has cracked the code in applying story patterns to business communication. In this interview, Mike Maples, Jr of Floodgate asks Nancy for the most important ways that founders can leverage storytelling to turn their movements from ideas to reality.
Lessons of Greatness: Why the world needs breakthrough builders; How it can be you
The future doesn't happen to us: It happens because of us. In this Lesson of Greatness, we introduce backcasting as a tool for entrepreneurs or people in any field who want to create a future that is meaningfully better and doesn't just bring forward the baggage of the past.
Mike Maples and Shane Parrish: How to create a Breakthrough
The present has stopped working. Now, more than ever, we need breakthroughs that put us on a better trajectory. In this episode, we flip the script and Shane Parrish from the Farnam Street Blog and Knowledge Project interviews Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate about tools available to people who want to build a better future.
Lessons of Greatness: Don't Just Be Resilient: How to be Anti-Fragile
Everyone knows a fragile team is more likely to fail. But an anti-fragile team is more than just resilient....it's more like a Hydra: When you cut off one of it's heads it grows two back in its place. Anti-fragile teams actually get BETTER when the environment around them is high-pressure and chaotic. In this lesson of greatness, we drill down into what it means to be anti-fragile and how you can apply the concept to your own startup team.
Manny Medina: From Hell and Back to the Threshold of Greatness
From his surprising beginnings as a shrimp farmer with Communist parents in Ecuador to his death-defying pivot from a failed startup idea to what is now Outreach, Manny Medina's story is both colorful and compelling. In this episode, Mike Maples, Jr of Floodgate discusses Manny's unconventional journey and his struggles and triumphs on the path to greatness with Outreach, now valued at more than $1 Billion.
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The single best business related podcast I have encountered thus far. Not at all the usual “how I did this” or “you should do....”. While the personal narratives are engaging, the focus on unearthing the underlying principles that can be applied universally is what makes this exceptional.
RT: If Mike Maples isn’t your hero already, he should be
Can’t recommend SG to enough people! Our entire team tries to embody the principles Mike promotes in SG.
Phenomenal if you’re starting something. Phenomenal if you’re just curious about starting something. Mike transparentizes the startup process.
Live in the future. Don’t wait. Decide to be great.
Excited for the next season to come out!!
Bring a notebook
I listen to podcasts while I am in the barn working with horses, by myself, most of the day. After discovering this podcast via the Tim Ferriss Show, I realize that that’s not going to work for this one. I need to be sat down, notebook in hand, because almost every sentence is a pearl of wisdom that I need as I build my start up from the ground. Thank you!