21 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 You Need to Nail a Niche before Going Big

    Lessons of Greatness: Why You Need to Nail a Niche before Going Big

    In Crossing the Chasm Geoffrey Moore clearly lays out a very important idea: you need to appeal to a niche of visionaries, before pragmatists—or your startup will usually fail. In this Lesson of Greatness, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate builds on this by showing that to get big, you have to start small. The episode contains specific strategies for founders to consider when nailing their early niches on the way to massive success.

    • 8 min
    Why Geoffrey Moore's Crossing the Chasm is a must-read for Ambitious Startup Founders

    Why Geoffrey Moore's Crossing the Chasm is a must-read for Ambitious Startup Founders

    Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moores is the most influential book on technology go-to-market ever written, and for good reason. In this episode, Mike Maples Jr from Floodgate talks to Geoffrey Moore about how startup founders can apply its core principles to building great startups, as well as how to avoid critical mistakes.

    • 31 min
    Lessons of Greatness: Why Finding Undiscovered Talent is the Winning Mindset

    Lessons of Greatness: Why Finding Undiscovered Talent is the Winning Mindset

    Great Startup Recruiting is surprisingly similar to great Startup Ideas: Just like you have to find undiscovered opportunities to start a great startup, you need to find undiscovered talent to build a great startup team. In this Lesson of Greatness, we discuss how to find great undiscovered talent and five key factors to look for.

    • 8 min
    Keith Rabois: Key lessons from Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, and Jack Dorsey

    Keith Rabois: Key lessons from Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, and Jack Dorsey

    Few people in the history of startups have seen more examples of excellence than Keith Rabois. Not surprisingly, Keith is also one of the best investors in Silicon Valley, having achieved great success as an Angel and now at Founders Fund.

    • 29 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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Helpful and to the point

This podcast provides really specific insight and examples for startup founders. I look forward to every episode.

jlw12313 ,

Terrible, overly produced

I like Mike Maples and his guests but it’s way too overproduced and is less valuable than just a regular conversation. I wish he’d just sit down in the same room and chat. The prerecorded questions that are obviously not a real conversation are awful

Despera ,

Deep Dive into Mike’s mind

Mike’s insights and way of thinking was one of the main reasons why I moved to The Valley many years ago when I found a old interview with him. I wanted to be surrounded with like minded people. This podcast allow us to deep dive into his and many great people’s minds. Thanks a lot Mike!

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