Floodgate Fund

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Floodgate Fund
Venture fund
Industry Finance
Founded March 2010 (as Floodgate Fund), was Maples Investments before that.[1]
  • Mike Maples Jr.
  • Ann Miura-Ko
Website floodgate.com

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

Floodgate has invested in a number of companies[2] including microblogging service Twitter, user-driven news sharing service Digg, location-based services company Gowalla (later acquired by Facebook), Facebook-based professional networking service BranchOut,[3][4] used textbook rental service Chegg, Formspring (which later became Formstack), Milk Inc. (a company founded by Kevin Rose that was acquired by Google),[5] local chores outsourcing platform TaskRabbit,[6] self-storage marketplace SpareFoot,[7] and seasteading platform company Blueseed.[8]

Media coverage[edit]

Floodgate Fund and Mike Maples have been covered in TechCrunch[1] and Forbes.[9] Mike Maples of Floodgate was also interviewed about his investment philosophy by Sarah Lacy for TechCrunch TV.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Arrington, Michael (2010-03-24). "Mike Maples Goes Pro As A Venture Capitalist, Launches FLOODGATE". TechCrunch. 
  2. ^ "Companies". Floodgate. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  3. ^ Schoenfeld, Erick (2010-09-17). "Facebook Job-Hunting App BranchOut Raises $6 Million From Accel And Super Angels". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  4. ^ Klein, Julie (2011-05-11). "Deals & More: BranchOut grabs $18M to help you job hunt on Facebook". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  5. ^ Lacy, Sarah (2011-04-26). "Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "FLOODGATE Backs SpareFoot". 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  8. ^ Banister, Cyan (2012-12-13). "Mike Maples Gets On Board Blueseed's Sea Platform". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  9. ^ Cohan, Peter (2012-12-11). "How Mike Maples, Jr. Became One Of Silicon Valley's Great Investors". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  10. ^ 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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