Starting Greatness

Starting Greatness
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: Real Artists Get Out of the Building
Dec 9 • 8 min
“Getting out of the building” means something deeper than many realize. Mike Maples Jr explores why in this key lesson of greatness.
Steve Blank: Great Entrepreneurship is Artistry
Dec 9 • 39 min
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…
Lessons of Greatness: Hack Value Before Hacking Growth
Dec 2 • 6 min
Why proving a startup’s value hypothesis before testing its growth hypothesis is critical.
Sarah Leary of Nextdoor: “The Moment You Know You’ve Created Something Valuable”
Dec 2 • 50 min
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…
Lessons of Greatness: You Need a Breakthrough Insight
Dec 2 • 6 min
Learn why great startups have unique insights that defy conventional wisdom.
Andy Rachleff on “How to Know If You’ve Got Product Market Fit”
Dec 2 • 38 min
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…
Why Greatness is a Decision
Nov 19 • 4 min
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.