Mike Maples was one of the very first super angels. He was an early investor in Digg, Chegg, Twitter, and Lyft. He’s openly said he has no interest in lame pivots only “thunder lizard” style investments. He was one of the first people to popularize the euphemism “pivot” for when a startup redirects energies to something new based on user feedback. He sounds and looks like Andy Griffith. And he’s one of the smartest VCs I know.
Because of all those reasons– and despite the pivot one– I’m excited to announce Maples will be our May guest for PandoMonthly SF. Maples may sound all Southern and genteel, but he is almost disturbingly blunt. Expect straight talk about what is wrong and right with the Valley, startups, valuations, and the state of venture capital. And expect some untold war stories. When I asked if he wanted to do one of these he said, “Oh, I’ve got a ton of stuff I’ve never talked about before.”
It promises be an amazing event!
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