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Marc  Randolph

Marc Randolph

Entrepreneur, Netflix Cofounder, Executive Mentor & Angel Investor


Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. Marc was the cofounder of Netflix, serving as their founding CEO, executive producer of their web site, and member of their board of directors. He recounts the exciting tale of Netflix from its inception in 1997 to his exit in 2004 in the book That Will Never Work (2019). Read More >

Although best known for starting Netflix, Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades.  He’s founded or co-founded more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, mentored rising entrepreneurs including the cofounders of Looker Data which was recently sold to Google for $2.6B, 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.

Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. His message is a blend of inspiration (overcoming adversity/anyone can do it/etc.), stories drawn from the starting and growing of Netflix, plus dozens of concrete suggestions taken from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur on how people can bring innovation back to THEIR companies. Read Less ^

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That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix & the Amazing Life of an Idea

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.” Read More >

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. Read Less ^

Where Do Ideas Come From: Learn how Silicon Valley’s Most Exciting Startups Come Up With Their Ideas & How They Turn Those Ideas into Reality

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.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder who the hell comes up with this stuff!



How to Get Your Company Thinking Like a Startup: What Silicon Valley has to Teach Us About Innovation

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.

Netflixed: How a Scrappy Silicon Valley Startup Brought Down Blockbuster & Built One of the World’s Best Known Brands

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.