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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.
 
Learn from history's greatest entrepreneurs. Every week I read a biography of an entrepreneur and find ideas you can use in your work. This quote explains why: "There are thousands of years of history in which lots and lots of very smart people worked very hard and ran all types of experiments on how to create new businesses, invent new technology, new ways to manage etc. They ran these experiments throughout their entire lives. At some point, somebody put these lessons down in a book. For v ...
 
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How to Start a Startup

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How to Start a Startup

Y Combinator and Stanford University: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman & more

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Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in "How To Start A Startup" at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more
 
Most business podcasts follow a similar format: find a successful CEO and have them tell their story. This is not that show. Zero to IPO tackles real world problems with real world experience, featuring actionable advice and anecdotes from some of the world's most innovative founders. In season one, we broke down each stage of a company's growth cycle on a granular level with everyone from Parker Harris of Salesforce.com, to Julia Hartz of Eventbrite and Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowit ...
 
Vijay Peduru provides one startup idea every Tuesday. He loves Venture capitalists like Paul Graham(Y-Combinator), Naval Ravikanth (angel.co),Marc Andreessen(Andreessen Horowitz) and other successful VC's.He is an avid reader of their blogs and listener of their podcasts and speeches. He looks deep and deciphers the startups they invest in and became successful(acquired or IPO) and he uncovers several trends . He comes up with Startup ideas with these successful trends and posts them in this ...
 
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a16z Podcast

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a16z Podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

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The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Multiple episodes are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!
 
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Under the Hood

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Under the Hood

Robinhood Financial, LLC.

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We’re witnessing a revolution in retail investing, and personal finance is more culturally relevant than ever before. Now, new questions are emerging about how our financial system works—and how it needs to change to better serve everyday people. In this podcast, we’re lifting the hood on the world of investing and exploring what it really means to democratize finance for all. Join Robinhood CEO and Co-Founder Vlad Tenev as he interviews the most interesting minds in money today—from YouTube ...
 
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My guest today is Gina Bianchini, founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, which gives creators a platform to start, grow and own their social communities. In our conversation, we cover the differences between leadership and management, the lessons Gina learned building a similar business in the 2000s with Marc Andreessen, and the elements that make up …
 
What I learned from reading The Man Who Sold America: The Amazing (but True!) Story of Albert D. Lasker and the Creation of the Advertising Century by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank and Arthur W. Schultz. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 214 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. WHAT OTHER PEOPLE…
 
Rahul Vohra shows us how game design can be used to make business products far more engaging and contribute to a state of flow. Since future success in business software and services is increasingly driven by product-led growth and bottoms-up adoption driven by end-users, mastering game design is vital for startups seeking greatness. In this lesson…
 
Rahul Vohra of Superhuman has adopted some of the most cutting-edge approaches to making a business product people *want* to use, rather than have to use. In this episode, Mike Maples, Jr of FLOODGATE talks to Rahul about how any startup founder can apply the principles of game design to their products, and why this is becoming increasingly importa…
 
My guest today is David Fialkow, co-founder of General Catalyst. If you are looking for a dose of fun, charismatic energy from a very unique investor then this is the conversation for you. David has a diverse background not only as an investor but also as a philanthropist and filmmaker. He won an Academy Award for his role as the producer of the 20…
 
There's no question technology played a huge role in the recent/current pandemic, including especially in the plug-and-play engineering and incredibly fast development behind the mRNA vaccines... But is there an even bigger role for the private sector, not just government, to play (and partner) when it comes to key infrastructure for future such em…
 
What I learned from reading Invention: A Life by James Dyson. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 212 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, Coco Chanel, Andrew Carnegie, Enzo Ferrari, Estee Laude…
 
My guest today is Justin Waldron, co-founder and President of Playco. Justin is a pioneer of the social gaming industry after he co-founded Zynga at age 19, and he has continued to build games ever since. In our conversation, we cover how Justin sees the future of gaming as social platforms evolve, how gaming may be the next tool for content creati…
 
Today is a special episode because it marks five years since I released the first episode of Invest Like the Best. Over those years, I’ve learned so much from so many investors and builders, but today’s guest may have taught me the most. Daniel Ek is the CEO and founder of Spotify, and I find him to be one of the most thoughtful business leaders in…
 
What I learned from reading The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood by Tom King. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 210 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, Coco Ch…
 
What I learned from reading Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital by Spencer Ante. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 210 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, Coco C…
 
What I learned from reading Rolls-Royce: The First Forty Years of Britain's Most Prestigious Company by Peter Pugh. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 210 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, C…
 
My guest today is Gabby Dizon, co-founder of Yield Guild Games or YGG. In 2020, Gabby and his co-founders built YGG around the growing “play-to-earn” economy within blockchain-based games. Based in the Philippines, YGG effectively backs players - who might not otherwise be able to afford to play - in exchange for a share of their profits. Today, YG…
 
What I learned from reading A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers From Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett and Peter Bevelin. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 210 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rock…
 
My guest today is Scott Malpass. Scott was the CIO of Notre Dame's endowment for 32 years and has always been a pioneer at the forefront of the endowment investing world - leading Notre Dame's early investments into Sequoia as well as some of the premier fund managers in China decades ago. Scott built the endowment into a powerhouse, scaling it fro…
 
What I learned from reading Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Definitive Biography of The Engineer, Visionary, and Great Briton by L.T.C. Rolt. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 209 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk,…
 
What I learned from rereading Against The Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson and reading A History of Great Inventions by James Dyson. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 208 full length episodes and get lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, …
 
Recorded live at Black Hat 2021 in Las Vegas! Our vaxxed and masked podcast co-hosts, Brandon and Derick, take the show on the road to talk to real network and security folks about Zero Trust. Is it more than just a marketing buzzword? Is it even achievable? Listen to this one-of-a-kind episode to get the straight scoop. Show notes Black Hat 2021: …
 
My guest today is Mike Maples, co-founder and partner of Floodgate. As a child of the computer revolution, Mike was deconstructing calculators in grade school, writing video games in high school, and inevitably found himself building businesses in Silicon Valley after college. After his success as an operator, Mike eventually transitioned to become…
 
My guests today are Renata Quintini and Roseanne Wincek, co-founders and managing directors of Renegade Partners. Before launching Renegade, Renata and Roseanne were partners at high-profile VC firms, Lux Capital and IVP. During our conversation, we explore their careers and what led them to launch Renegade. We cover what it means to invest at the …
 
The conventional thinking is that a big total available market (TAM) is one of the most important factors in startup success. But Julia Hartz's success at Eventbrite shows the limits of this thinking. In this Lesson of Greatness, Mike Maples Jr of Floodgate talks about the difference between available markets and potential markets and offers heuris…
 
Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz didn't start out life thinking she would be a tech founder, but she has achieved a feat that's very rare: Starting a great startup and going the distance, even past IPO. She also navigated one of the toughest setbacks in recent tech history when the COVID-19 pandemic jeopardized Eventbrite's entire business. In this episo…
 
What I learned from reading Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 207 full length episodes and gain lifetime access to every future episode. WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “Without a doubt, the highest value-to-cost ratio I’ve taken advantage of in the last year is th…
 
My guest today is Max Simkoff, Founder and CEO of Doma. Max founded Doma in 2016 after experiencing the pain and manual process associated with title insurance and real estate transactions. With a background in predictive analytics, Max built Doma to bring a digital-first approach to a historically manual and labor-intensive process. In our convers…
 
What I learned from reading The House of Rothschild: Money's Prophets by Niall Ferguson. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 206 full length episodes and gain lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, Coco Chanel, Andrew Carnegi…
 
The intro music you just heard is from my guest today, Suzanne Ciani, an early pioneer of electronic music dating back to the 1970s. As a 5-time Grammy-nominated composer, Suzanne’s music can be heard on her solo albums as well as films, games, and countless commercials. Many have argued her Coca-Cola “pop and pour” changed the sound of advertising…
 
What I learned from reading The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle to Transform American Capitalism by Susan Berfield. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode. You will unlock 205 full length episodes and gain lifetime access to every future episode. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, El…
 
My guest today is Sameer Shariff, co-founder and CEO of Cambly. After starting his career at Google, Sameer founded Cambly in 2013 as an on-demand service to learn English. At the touch of a button, Cambly connects its global user base into a 1-on-1 conversation with an English speaker. During our conversation, we cover the origin story of the busi…
 
What I learned from reading Founder: A Portrait of the First Rothschild by Amos Elon. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode and gain lifetime access to 205 full length episodes. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, Coco Chanel, Andrew Carnegie, Enzo Ferrari, Estee Lauder, Jeff Bezos…
 
My guest today is Sridhar Ramaswamy, co-founder and CEO of Neeva and Venture Partner at Greylock. After a 15-year career building Google’s ad business, Sridhar launched Neeva as an ad-free search engine with a focus on personalization and privacy. During our conversation, we dive into the early days of search and what led to Google’s dominance. Sri…
 
What I learned from reading Tuxedo Park : A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II by James Conant. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode and gain lifetime access to 204 full length episodes. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, C…
 
What I learned from reading The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson. Sign up to listen to the rest of this episode and gain lifetime access to 204 full length episodes. You will learn the key insights from biographies on Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, John D. Rockefeller, Coco Chanel, Andrew Carn…
 
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