Starting Greatness


business, technology, education
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 founderRead more
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Best Episodes

Nancy Duarte: Why storytelling is vital to entrepreneurship

Jul 27, 2020

"Steve Jobs amazing storytelling in his iphone speech "




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 mostRead more

How Instagram Delighted 1 Billion Users....but Almost Didn't

Jan 13, 2020

"Instagram: The decision to allow non-square photos"




Find out how Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger trusted their instincts and overcame rookie mistakes on the way to building Instagram, which now gets close to 100 Million photos uploaded a DAY.

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Sarah Leary of Nextdoor: “The Moment You Know You've Created Something Valuable"

Dec 2, 2019

"How Nextdoor knew they were on to something"




Nextdoor today is worth more than $2 Billion and is used by 250,000 neighborhoods throughout the world. Silicon Valley types had doubts about their approach, but Sarah offers valuable ideas for finding the path to the light. One crucial hint is that users matter far more than the folks in theRead more

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

Feb 3, 2020

"Prioritizing projects that “add zeros”"




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.

Reid Hoffman: The Network Philosopher King

Mar 2, 2020

" Figuring out product & distribution together"




Reid Hoffman's success as a founder of LinkedIn, investor in Airbnb and Facebook, and charter member of the PayPal Mafia have a common thread - an intense passion for creating valuable networks with people at the center. In this episode, Mike Maples, Jr of Floodgate talks to Reid about keyRead more

Marc Andreessen: “Was Netscape an Overnight Success?”

Dec 16, 2019

"Back when the internet was tiny... with all the new websites"


Mike Maples, Jr talks to Marc Andreessen, Co-founder of Netscape—the startup that launched the Internet era. What it was like when Netscape was about to blow up? What does he wish Netscape had done differently? -- and what lessons from its success are not fully understood?

Andy Rachleff on “How to Know If You’ve Got Product Market Fit”

Dec 2, 2019

"The product adoption curve, in 60 seconds"

The Co-founder of Benchmark Capital & Wealthfront explains the most important goal of a startup: how do you find product-market fit? As the man who coined the term, he’s the expert—and in this episode, he also shares lessons learned from legendary startup super performers such as Scott Cook, ReedRead more

Mike Maples and Shane Parrish: How to create a Breakthrough

Jul 6, 2020

"“The future is what we make of it”"

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 toRead more
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