Wed, 14 September 2016
Today we have a conversation with Mike Maples and early investor in Twitter, Chegg, Digg, and other great companies through his firm Floodgate VC
Mike Maples Jr has been on the Forbes Midas List since 2010 and was also named one of "8 Rising Stars" by FORTUNE Magazine. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO TIVS, acquired by IBM) and Motive (IPO MOTV, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.) Some of Mike's investments include Twitter, Twitch.tv, ngmoco, Weebly, Chegg, Bazaarvoice, Spiceworks, Okta, and Demandforce. Mike is known for coining the term "Thunder Lizards," which is a metaphor derived from Godzilla that describes the tiny number of truly exceptional companies that are wildly disruptive capitalist mutations. Mike likes to think of himself as a hunter of the "atomic eggs" that beget these companies. He received his BS, from Stanford University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. His hobbies include shooting clays, cinematography, and calligraphy.
Lets listen into Mike Maples interviewed in Silicon Valley by Startup Grind’s founder Derek Andersen.
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