Tue, 26 October 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The Birth of Netflix – The Inside Story From Its First CEO

Marc Randolph In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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The transformational journey of Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph exemplifies how anyone with grit and determination can change the world – even with an idea that many think will never work.

Now with over 207 million subscribers, Netflix’s triumph feels inevitable, but the twenty-first century’s most disruptive start-up began with few believers and calamity at every turn – from having to pitch his own mother on being an early investor, to server crashes on launch day, and the now-infamous meeting when they pitched Blockbuster to acquire them.

Joining us in this livestream event, Marc will tell the inside story of the creation of one of the world’s most iconic companies. Most importantly, he will address some of the fundamental questions of entrepreneurial leadership: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? How do you deal with success? What even is success?

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Marc Randolph

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and Investor

Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. Marc was co-founder of Netflix, serving as their founding CEO, as the executive producer of their website, and as a member of their board of directors. He’s founded or co-founded more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, mentored rising entrepreneurs including the co-founders of Looker Data which was sold to Google for $2.6 billion and invested in numerous successful tech ventures.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.