Groupon Clones, Color and “The Meme of the Moment”

Floodgate Capital managing partner Mike Maples Jr. really doesn’t want to fund your Groupon clone, your Facebook game or your check-in app. He doesn’t want a piece of your photo sharing company either. The early stage investor shared his philosophy during Tiecon 2011.

Mike Maples Says Twitter Is a Thunder Lizard

Venture investor Mike Maples, who launched the Floodgate Partners fund last year and is an investor in Twitter, defends the company’s market valuation, saying it has a chance to become a fundamental and important company in the tech industry, or what he calls a “thunder lizard.”