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That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix by the first CEO and co-founder Marc Randolph

Marc Randolph

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Biography: business & industry

In the tradition of Phil Knight's SHOE DOG comes the incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company - all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph.

'Engaging and insightful.' Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix

'Charming, fascinating and very funny. Marc Randolph demystifies the world of Silicon Valley start-ups, and makes you laugh a lot along the way.' Decca Aitkenhead, The Sunday Times

'A charming first-person account of the early days of one of the most successful tech start-ups ever.' The Washington Post

Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king. Late fees were ubiquitous, video-streaming unheard of, and DVD adoption seemed as imminent as flying cars. These were the widely accepted laws of the land in 1997 when Marc Randolph had an idea.

It was a simple thought - leveraging the internet to rent movies - and was just one of many more proposals, like personalised baseball bats, that Randolph would pitch to his business partner, Reed Hastings. But Hastings was intrigued, and the pair - with Hastings as the primary investor and Randolph as the CEO - founded a company.

Now with over 150 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. Marc Randolph's transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit and determination can change the world - even with an idea that many think will never work.

What emerges, however, isn't just the inside story of one of the world's most iconic companies. Full of counter-intuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in life: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? What is success?

From idea generation to team building to knowing when to let go, THAT WILL NEVER WORK is one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time.

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Praise for That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix by the first CEO and co-founder Marc Randolph

  • I love Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph's new book That Will Never Work because it's a fantastic example of how the creative process requires a balance of personal power and humility. You have to give yourself the psychological space to try things. Also really funny and entertaining - Amy Cuddy, bestselling author of Presence

  • Netflix was built on the vision and creative DNA of one man - Marc Randolph. As the founding CEO, his leadership defined the culture of Netflix and laid the groundwork for successive, global revolutions in how we make and consume entertainment. - Gina Keating, author of Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs

  • Marc is an unusually brave soul. Marc's genius in recognizing that not knowing frees you to experiment and observe and to ultimately win. - Lloyd Tabb, founder of Looker

  • An entertaining chronicle of creativity, luck, and unflagging perseverance. - Kirkus

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