Startup Grind Silicon Valley Hosts Mike Maples, Jr. (FLOODGATE)


Mike Maples, Jr., FLOODGATE

Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of "8 Rising VC Stars" by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was an entrepreneur and operating executive who worked in a variety of senior management roles in high-growth companies. His background spans a variety of markets including consumer technology, small business, and the enterprise, and he has led various functions in product development, marketing, business development, and corporate strategy. Mike began his technology career in high school, when he started a software company that developed games and educational products for the original IBM PC. He has been passionate about the technology industry ever since. Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world's leading broadband software company in 1997, and played key roles in its growth from raw start-up through sales of more than $75 million. Motive was one of the only successful technology IPOs in 2004, and the most successful infrastructure software IPO for the prior three years. At Motive, Mike was General Manager of Motive's Corporate Business Unit, as well as Chief Marketing and Strategy officer. Prior to Motive, Mike was responsible for worldwide product marketing at Tivoli Systems, where he managed the company's product portfolio from its early-stage development through its 1995 IPO and growth to a $750M line of business within the IBM Software Group. Mike began his professional career at Silicon Graphics, where he served in business development and product marketing roles. In his spare time Mike is an amateur artist, movie-maker, and calligrapher. He holds an Engineering degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a guest-lecturer on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, Princeton University, and the University of Texas.




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Derek Andersen, Director of Startup Grind Silicon Valley

Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like the Godfather, Burnout, and Mirror's Edge. He left in 2009 to found Vaporware Labs, a company that has tried and failed many times, but successfully launched products like Startup Grind, Commonred, and Steve Young Football (iOS). He's also a contributing author for Techcrunch and Business Insider and lives in Palo Alto, California.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @derekjandersen

Global Partners

Google Cloud
Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. App Engine is a full development stack (PaaS), and Compute Engine lets you run workloads on Linux virtual machines (IaaS). Apply to receive credit at and use verification code: sg-org.


Local Partners

Elance. is where people Work Differently™. A pioneer in today’s freelance revolution, Elance connects the world through work. Today over 500,000 businesses and 2 million freelancers use Elance in 170+ countries. Innovative global enterprises, small businesses and startups tap into the Elance talent pool, building teams from software engineers, application developers and web and graphic designers to copywriters, market researchers, data scientists, social media marketers, customer service agents and other business professionals. More than 1 million freelance jobs are completed through Elance annually.

Google For Entrepreneurs
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.

NephoScale is offering startups up to $6,000 of credit to run their web scale applications on the NephOS Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. Apply at NephoScale is an infrastructure –as-a-service company with a developer focus. They offer the highest performing IaaS cloud platform in the industry and the best price/performance combination of any other public IaaS cloud provider.

Samepage is a social and collaborative way for groups and colleagues to work together. It’s a cloud-based platform that securely connects people with projects, conversations and files, so that everybody is always on the same page.


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Silicon Valley hosts Largest Startup Holiday Party Of All Time 12th of December 2013


What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • jim d.

    "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" (Bob Dylan song) .... and it takes a man to cry in public ..... big courage, self-confidence, honesty

    October 1, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Rewarding to see a VC perspective with focus on the important things in life and innovation.

    September 27, 2013

  • James W.

    Questions about marketing for your new business? Check out: Thanks!

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    September 23, 2013

  • Vadim A.

    Co-Founder, Healthonomy most recently.

    August 9, 2013

  • Vivek D.

    We're building HumblePaper, a cloud contract negotiation platform and we're interesting in meeting potential beta users

    August 8, 2013

  • Brian M.

    Looking forward to it.

    August 8, 2013

  • James W.

    We help startups become successful brands. You can check us out at Thanks!

    August 2, 2013

  • Raphaella Alves S.

    Hi \o/

    July 31, 2013

  • Marshall Childs F.

    Hi Derek

    May 2, 2013

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