Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. As co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, he laid much of the groundwork for a service that’s grown to over 200 million subscribers, and fundamentally altered how the world experiences media.
He also served on the Netflix board of directors until retiring from the company in 2003. Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans four decades. He’s founded or co-founded six other successful startups, mentored hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs, and as an investor has helped seed dozens of successful tech ventures (and just as many unsuccessful ones).
Most recently, Marc co-founded analytics software company Looker Data Sciences, which was acquired by Google in 2019 for $2.6 billion. He currently sits on the boards of Solo Brands, Augment Technologies, Dishcraft Technologies and the Truckee Donner Land Trust.
Marc is also the author of the internationally best-selling memoir, That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and The Amazing Life of an Idea which tells the untold story of Netflix. He is host of the top-10 Apple podcast That Will Never Work, where he works directly with entrepreneurs to provide 1-on-1 mentoring. Marc is also a judge and investor on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Elevator Pitch web series.
Some of Marc’s engagements include Fortune 1000 and strategic clients such as PwC, Aflac, CIOsynergy, Gartner, Pfizer, and Scansource.
Marc is the founder/co-founder of Looker Data Science (2012), Netflix (1996), IntegrityQA (1995), MicroWarehouse (1988), MacWarehouse (1987), MacUser Magazine (1986), Guitar Magazine (1984) and Mailbox Music (1983).
Currently, he is a mentor and/or board member at Augment Technologies – 2014 to present, Dishcraft Robotics – 2016 to present, Trusty – 2018 to present, Solo Brands – 2021 to present, StageTen – 2021 to present, Truckee Donner Land Trust – 2021 to present and Cadence – 2021 to Present.
Previously, Marc was a mentor and board member at Chubbies Shorts, National Outdoor Leadership School, One Percent for the Planet, Getable, OpenEd, Rafter and SpeakerText.
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 believes made Netflix successful, including a focus on analytics and testing, its novel corporate culture, and its 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.