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Entrepreneurship speaker Marc Randolph stared down an industry leader and eventually toppled it. As a founder of Netflix and its first CEO, Randolph helped revolutionize the very way we experience entertainment. Now a trusted adviser to startups hoping to emulate his success, Randolph is a spirited and sought-after keynote speaker. Any event with an entrepreneurial or business angle will find its centerpiece in Randolph’s energetic call to boldness and innovation.
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The founding CEO of Netflix, entrepreneurship speaker Marc Randolph is one of the world’s most trusted advisors on entrepreneurism. Netflix is an inspirational story to any startup, and a cautionary tale to established firms. In his engagements as a keynote speaker, Marc Randolph encourages audiences to think and act boldly. He is widely considered one of the world’s leading motivational speakers at business-oriented events around the world.
Netflix is Randolph’s highest-profile achievement, but his entrepreneurial career reaches back more than 40 years. In that time, he has founded more than a half-dozen successful firms and mentored countless startups. Among the companies he has helped bring to scale is Looker Data, which Google acquired for $2.6 billion.
Randolph draws on his broader career as an entrepreneur and consultant in his 2019 bestseller That Will Never Work. A vivid and often wry look at Netflix’s rise to dominance, the book is above all a David vs. Goliath story. Netflix presented only a quirky alternative at first to video-rental stores like Blockbuster. By relentlessly improving its business model and constantly assessing what worked best, Netflix eventually changed its industry’s paradigm.
Along with his role as an entrepreneurial adviser, Randolph chairs the National Outdoor Leadership School’s board.
That Will Never Work is the real-life, totally improbable story of the early days of Netflix, told by co-founder Marc Randolph, against the backdrop of Silicon Valley’s late ‘90s “era of irrational exuberance.”
Today, the success of Netflix might feel like a foregone conclusion, but Marc’s story shines a bright light on all the times it nearly doesn’t work–and all the people who help make sure it does. There are investors who believe in the idea as fervently as he does, and others who have to be convinced (including his own mother). There are skeptics pointing out crucial flaws, and a core team of brilliant optimists charging ahead despite the odds. He teaches the audience how to make people believe in them.
This story offers a real education in the craft of the startup venture, with plenty of insights that remain relevant and applicable today, in Silicon Valley and far beyond.
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.
Anyone who has taken a shower has had an idea, but how do you turn those ideas into reality? Netflix Founder and startup CEO Marc Randolph will share dozens of tips, tricks and stories drawn from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur that will help you more easily come up with innovative ideas, validate them, and get your new venture off the ground. Equal parts inspiration, start up stories, and practical tips, it’s a message that resonates equally well with students, early stage entrepreneurs, and any businessperson looking to bring innovation to their business.
The world is changing rapidly - and companies that can’t innovate effectively are going to be left behind. But while innovation is easy to aspire to, it’s hard to do. Netflix founder and startup CEO Marc Randolph will share dozens of effective tips, tricks and stories drawn from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur that will help you make your company more responsive to changing conditions - regardless of your company's size or industry.
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