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Opening the Floodgates: Talking Investing with VC Mike Maples (Video)

As a journalist with no knack for investing, it’s always fun to hear from an expert.

It’s better when it’s a charismatic one like Mike Maples and even more fun when there is an audience. Well, at last week’s Founder Showcase, I had the chance to chat on stage with up-and-coming investor Mike Maples, Jr.

Maples, for those who don’t know, is partnered with Roger McNamee in pushing a new strategy about where the markets are headed.

On stage at the Founders Showcase, we talked about his investment philosophy and batted about lots of surfing metaphors.

To summarize, Maples thinks the social networking wave has already crested and he’s moving on to catch the next wave in a less crowded part of the beach.

But, I’m just as clueless about surfing as I am about investing. So I recommend you check out the video of our interview to get the full sense of things.

To really appreciate that video, I recommend also checking out the interview that preceded my chat with Maples. First of all, it explains some of the inside references Maples and I make. It also explains why I hid the microphone from Founder Showcase chief Adeo Ressi. (You can have it back now, Adeo.)

Plus, it’s a darn good chat between the New York Times’ Evelyn Rusli and venture capitalist Mark Suster.


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