Described by Sarah Lacy as “Southern and genteel” but “almost disturbingly blunt,” Floodgate managing partner Mike Maples hit that sweet spot between friendly charm and intense intelligence that our best PandoMonthly guests often strike.
He held forth on a number of topics that have become central to the Valley in 2014, including the lack of female VCs (two-thirds of Floodgate’s senior investment team is female), where we’ll find the next Silicon Valley (we won’t), the fight between Uber and Lyft (both companies can win), the “anti-capitalist” movement in America (Silicon Valley is “capitalism done right”), and competition between rival VCs (“Most just suck at it.”)
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