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Starting Greatness

Mike Maples

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Starting Greatness

Starting Greatness

Mike Maples

28
Followers
127
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

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.

12 MIN2 d ago
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Lessons of Greatness: Why the world needs breakthrough builders; How it can be you

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.

28 MIN2 d ago
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Mike Maples and Shane Parrish: How to create a Breakthrough

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.

6 MINJUN 11
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Lessons of Greatness: Don't Just Be Resilient: How to be Anti-Fragile

Manny Medina: From Hell and Back to the Threshold of Greatness

EFrom 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.

39 MINJUN 11
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Manny Medina: From Hell and Back to the Threshold of Greatness

Lessons of Greatness: You have to take the Initiative

Commander John Boyd was a fighter pilot who changed the art of war in the late 20th Century. He offers a vital lesson of greatness, especially in times of massive uncertainty: Decisive leaders take the initiative, ALWAYS. This episode describes why that's the case and how the philosophy of taking the initiative can help you achieve greatness in what matters to you.

10 MINMAY 11
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Lessons of Greatness: You have to take the Initiative

Steve Blank: How to turn the tables on COVID-19

EMany startups face difficult choices when it comes to overcoming COVID-19. In this special episode, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate interviews Steve Blank about techniques founders can use to shape circumstances rather than be shaped by them. Steve has a unique vantage point since he's weathered every dislocation affecting startups since 1978, including the 1987 crash, the dotcom bubble burst, and the 2008 financial crisis.

31 MINMAY 11
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Steve Blank: How to turn the tables on COVID-19

Lessons of Greatness: Don't Mess with Metcalfe's Law

Bob Metcalfe has traveled in many orbits, but most recently he has been a professor at the University of Texas....so it seemed only appropriate to honor the unstoppable power of Metcalfe's Law in this lesson of greatness. Mess with it at your peril :)

4 MINAPR 4
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Lessons of Greatness: Don't Mess with Metcalfe's Law

Bob Metcalfe: Co-inventor of Ethernet. Tech industry legend and Polymath.

Bob Metcalfe has lived in the future since the late 1950s. And lucky for the rest of us, he has brought us along for the ride. In this interview, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate talks to him about the origins of networked computing as well as the birth of "Metcalfe's Law."

39 MINAPR 4
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Bob Metcalfe: Co-inventor of Ethernet. Tech industry legend and Polymath.

Lessons of Greatness: Distribution, Distribution, Distribution

Many say that in real estate, the key to success is location, location, location. A key lesson of greatness from Reid Hoffman is that for consumer products and network effects businesses, a key to success is distribution, distribution, distribution. In this Lesson of Greatness, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate builds on this by outlining specific strategies founders can learn from Reid Hoffman to get distribution for their startup ideas.

8 MINMAR 2
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Lessons of Greatness: Distribution, Distribution, Distribution

Reid Hoffman: The Network Philosopher King

EReid 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 key approaches for building valuable business and consumer networks from the ground-up.

35 MINMAR 2
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Reid Hoffman: The Network Philosopher King

Latest Episodes

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.

12 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Lessons of Greatness: Why the world needs breakthrough builders; How it can be you

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.

28 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Mike Maples and Shane Parrish: How to create a Breakthrough

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.

6 MINJUN 11
Comments
Lessons of Greatness: Don't Just Be Resilient: How to be Anti-Fragile

Manny Medina: From Hell and Back to the Threshold of Greatness

EFrom 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.

39 MINJUN 11
Comments
Manny Medina: From Hell and Back to the Threshold of Greatness

Lessons of Greatness: You have to take the Initiative

Commander John Boyd was a fighter pilot who changed the art of war in the late 20th Century. He offers a vital lesson of greatness, especially in times of massive uncertainty: Decisive leaders take the initiative, ALWAYS. This episode describes why that's the case and how the philosophy of taking the initiative can help you achieve greatness in what matters to you.

10 MINMAY 11
Comments
Lessons of Greatness: You have to take the Initiative

Steve Blank: How to turn the tables on COVID-19

EMany startups face difficult choices when it comes to overcoming COVID-19. In this special episode, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate interviews Steve Blank about techniques founders can use to shape circumstances rather than be shaped by them. Steve has a unique vantage point since he's weathered every dislocation affecting startups since 1978, including the 1987 crash, the dotcom bubble burst, and the 2008 financial crisis.

31 MINMAY 11
Comments
Steve Blank: How to turn the tables on COVID-19

Lessons of Greatness: Don't Mess with Metcalfe's Law

Bob Metcalfe has traveled in many orbits, but most recently he has been a professor at the University of Texas....so it seemed only appropriate to honor the unstoppable power of Metcalfe's Law in this lesson of greatness. Mess with it at your peril :)

4 MINAPR 4
Comments
Lessons of Greatness: Don't Mess with Metcalfe's Law

Bob Metcalfe: Co-inventor of Ethernet. Tech industry legend and Polymath.

Bob Metcalfe has lived in the future since the late 1950s. And lucky for the rest of us, he has brought us along for the ride. In this interview, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate talks to him about the origins of networked computing as well as the birth of "Metcalfe's Law."

39 MINAPR 4
Comments
Bob Metcalfe: Co-inventor of Ethernet. Tech industry legend and Polymath.

Lessons of Greatness: Distribution, Distribution, Distribution

Many say that in real estate, the key to success is location, location, location. A key lesson of greatness from Reid Hoffman is that for consumer products and network effects businesses, a key to success is distribution, distribution, distribution. In this Lesson of Greatness, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate builds on this by outlining specific strategies founders can learn from Reid Hoffman to get distribution for their startup ideas.

8 MINMAR 2
Comments
Lessons of Greatness: Distribution, Distribution, Distribution

Reid Hoffman: The Network Philosopher King

EReid 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 key approaches for building valuable business and consumer networks from the ground-up.

35 MINMAR 2
Comments
Reid Hoffman: The Network Philosopher King
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