Starting Greatness

By Floodgate

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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.

Episode Date
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 must either plunge in and take the chance NOW, or watch from the sidelines while someone else makes it happen.
Jan 21, 2020
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.
Jan 21, 2020
Lessons of Greatness: How to Get Customers to Hire Your Product
What job should a desperate customer hire YOUR product to do? Answering this question is key to unlocking a key lesson of greatness. Here we discuss how the Instagram founders illustrate this lesson perfectly and how you can apply it to your own success as a startup founder.
Jan 13, 2020
How Instagram Delighted 1 Billion Users....but Almost Didn't
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.
Jan 13, 2020
Lessons of Greatness: How You Can Tame the Startup Rollercoaster
The Startup Rollercoaster is not fun, but it's a reality of startup life. The great founders learn to manage it rather than be overwhelmed by it. In this lesson of greatness, Mike Maples summarizes key lessons from Kim Polese's success at this, as well as specific techniques to stay grounded through all of the inevitable ups and downs.
Dec 30, 2019
Kim Polese: Building the Early Web with Java and Marimba
Kim Polese, the founding product manager for Java at Sun, as well as co-founding CEO of Marimba, talks about how Java almost didn't come to well as her experiences riding the startup rollercoaster as a high-profile, and ultimately successful startup founder.
Dec 30, 2019
Lessons of Greatness: Find your inner MacGyver
If you want find greatness, you have to improvise to beat impossible over and over again. There is no course or framework to teach you how to do this. Instead, you must never surrender to any fear or obstacle you face.
Dec 23, 2019
Osman Rashid: “How did Chegg find a way through?”
Osman Rashid, co-founder and original CEO of Chegg, talks about how Chegg’s startup team of misfit rebels navigated through a crazy sequence of near-death experiences…one day at a time…and lived to tell the tale of achieving greatness.
Dec 23, 2019
Lessons of Greatness: Living in the Future
William Gibson, the cyberpunk novelist has said “The future is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed.” This perfectly describes a key lesson of greatness from Marc’s Netscape experience.
Dec 16, 2019
Marc Andreessen: “Was Netscape an Overnight Success?”
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?
Dec 16, 2019
Lessons of Greatness: Real Artists Get Out of the Building
“Getting out of the building” means something deeper than many realize. Mike Maples Jr explores why in this key lesson of greatness.
Dec 09, 2019
Steve Blank: Great Entrepreneurship is Artistry
Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology is one of the critical teachings of entrepreneurship over the last twenty years This episode explains why great founders are more like artists than normal business people and why getting out of the building is more about artistry than running a focus group.
Dec 09, 2019
Lessons of Greatness: Hack Value Before Hacking Growth
Why proving a startup’s value hypothesis before testing its growth hypothesis is critical.
Dec 02, 2019
Sarah Leary of Nextdoor: “The Moment You Know You've Created Something Valuable"
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 the "chattering class."
Dec 02, 2019
Lessons of Greatness: You Need a Breakthrough Insight
Learn why great startups have unique insights that defy conventional wisdom.
Dec 02, 2019
Andy Rachleff on “How to Know If You’ve Got Product Market Fit”
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, Reed Hastings, Don Valentine, and many others.
Dec 02, 2019
Why Greatness is a Decision
In the Starting Greatness premier, Floodgate co-founder and podcast host Mike Maples, Jr., explains why greatness is a decision—and what questions you need to ask yourself to make your startup a success.
Nov 19, 2019