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Marc Randolph    

Netflix Co-Founder, Executive Mentor & Angel Investor

Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor, investor and motivational keynote speaker. Marc was co-founder of the online movie and television streaming service Netflix, serving as their founding CEO, as the executive producer of their website, and as a member of their board of directors until his retirement in 2004.

Although best known for starting Netflix, Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades. He’s been a founder of more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, a mentor to hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs, and an investor in numerous successful (and an even larger number of unsuccessful) tech ventures.

Most recently, Randolph co-founded an analytics software company Looker Data Sciences, and currently serves as an advisor to numerous other startups, serving variously as a mentor, CEO coach, and/or board member. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, works extensively with young entrepreneur programs, and is a trustee of the non-profit National Outdoor Leadership School.

Marc Randolph is charming, handsome and modest; and whenever possible avoids referring to himself in the third person. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Netflix co-founder and former CEO, Marc Randolph shares the unlikely story of how dreamers with no money and a bad idea created the company that brought down Blockbuster. Packed with stories from those first exciting years, he weaves a story that shows the value of innovation, persistence and optimism. He shares some of the values that he believes made Netflix successful, including a focus on analytics and testing, its corporate culture, and it’s almost fanatical obsession with focus. Equal parts inspiration, startup story, and practical tips, it resonates with anyone who appreciates a good “overcoming adversity” story.

Where do ideas come from?

Anyone who has taken a shower has had an idea, but how do you turn those ideas into reality? Marc Randolph shares tips, tricks and stories drawn from his four decades as an entrepreneur that will help you come up with innovative ideas, validate them and get your new venture off the ground. Inspiring and practical, it’s a message that resonates among students, entrepreneurs, and any person looking to bring innovation to their business.

How to get your company thinking like a startup

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. Marc Randolph will share dozens of effective tips, tricks and stories drawn from his four decades as an entrepreneur that will help you make your company more responsive to changing conditions - regardless of your company's size or industry.

Innovate Like Netflix

Marc Randolph is a veteran entrepreneur, high-tech executive and consultant most notable as the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix. In addition to Netflix, Mr. Randolph has founded more than a handful of successful startups in the e-commerce, media, enterprise software and portable device industries. Drawing largely on his experiences starting and growing the company that took down Blockbuster, Mr. Randolph will deliver a keynote that provides concrete examples for how companies – large and small – can effectively create an atmosphere that fosters innovation.

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