Mike Maples is a Founding Partner at Floodgate, a venture capital firm that invests in the extraordinary top “.1%” of companies earlier than anyone else, including Twitter, Lyft, Twitch.tv, and Sparefoot. After earning his MBA from Stanford, he went to Silicon Graphics where he was developing CGI that studios such as Industrial Light and Magic used in their feature films. He then joined his college roommate, Joe Liemandt, at Trilogy Software, which soon after went public and was acquired by IBM.

In this compelling conversation, Mike revealed investment tips for entrepreneurs searching for success and shared how proactive businesses can become empires.

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