Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. Marc was the co-founder of Netflix, serving as their founding CEO, as the executive producer of their web site, and as a member of their board of directors. Although best known for starting Netflix, Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades. He has founded or co-founded more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, mentored rising entrepreneurs, and invested in numerous successful tech ventures. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, works extensively with young entrepreneur programs, sits on the board of the environmental advocacy group 1% for the Planet, and chairs the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Board of Trustees. He is the author of the international best-seller, That Will Never Work, the Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea. Marc also recently came out with a new podcast called That Will Never Work, where he works directly with entrepreneurs, helping them turn their nascent or struggling businesses into sustainable companies.
- Fireside Chat with Marc Randolph
- That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea
Netflix Founder and startup CEO Marc Randolph shares the unlikely story of how a handful of dreamers with no money and a bad idea, created the company that eventually brought down Blockbuster. Packed with dozens of stories that trace the dramatic ups and downs of those first exciting years, Marc weaves an inspiring story that shows the value of innovation, persistence and optimism. Along the way he shares some of the many values that he believe made Netflix successful, including a focus on analytics and testing, its novel corporate culture, and it’s almost fanatical obsession with focus. Equal parts inspiration, start up story, and practical tips, it’s a message that resonates well with anyone who appreciates a good “overcoming adversity” story.
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