Floodgate Fund

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Floodgate Fund
Venture fund
FoundedMarch 2010 (as Floodgate Fund)[1]
  • Mike Maples Jr.
  • Ann Miura-Ko

Floodgate Fund is a venture capital firm based in the United States created by Mike Maples Jr. and Ann Miura-Ko. It was originally named Maples Investments but was renamed Floodgate Fund in March 2010.[1] It is focused on investments in technology companies in Silicon Valley.


Mike Maples at South by Southwest in 2017

In March 2017, Floodgate raised $131 million for its sixth fund. In previous years, their fifth fund closed at $76 million, fourth fund closed at $75 million and their third fund at $73.5 million.[2]

Floodgate has invested in a number of companies[3] including Twitter, Digg, location-based services company Gowalla, professional networking service BranchOut,[4][5] Chegg, Formstack, Milk Inc.,[6] TaskRabbit,[7] self-storage marketplace SpareFoot,[8] and seasteading platform company Blueseed.[9]

As of 2017, they've also invested in Lyft, Refinery29, LabDoor, education startup MissionU, legal discovery startup TextIQ, and Rappi.[2]

Media coverage[edit]

Floodgate Fund and Mike Maples have been covered in TechCrunch[1] and Forbes.[10] Mike Maples of Floodgate was also interviewed about his investment philosophy by Sarah Lacy for TechCrunch TV.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Arrington, Michael (2010-03-24). "Mike Maples Goes Pro As A Venture Capitalist, Launches FLOODGATE". TechCrunch.
  2. ^ a b "Floodgate closes sixth fund with $131 million – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  3. ^ "Companies". Floodgate. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  4. ^ Schoenfeld, Erick (2010-09-17). "Facebook Job-Hunting App BranchOut Raises $6 Million From Accel And Super Angels". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  5. ^ Klein, Julie (2011-05-11). "Deals & More: BranchOut grabs $18M to help you job hunt on Facebook". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  6. ^ Lacy, Sarah (2011-04-26). "Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  7. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia (2011-05-04). "TaskRabbit Gets $5M From Shasta Ventures, First Round And Others To Help People Get Stuff Done". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  8. ^ "FLOODGATE Backs SpareFoot". 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  9. ^ Banister, Cyan (2012-12-13). "Mike Maples Gets On Board Blueseed's Sea Platform". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  10. ^ Cohan, Peter (2012-12-11). "How Mike Maples, Jr. Became One Of Silicon Valley's Great Investors". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  11. ^ Lacy, Sarah (2011-03-08). "Mike Maples: Why I Don't Go for the Flip and the Three Deals that Got Away (TCTV)". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-14.

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