Marc Randolph Keynote Speaker

  • Founder of Netflix
  • Entrepreneur, adviser, and investor
  • Silicon Valley Veteran

Marc Randolph's Biography

Marc Randolph is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor. He was the founder and former CEO of Netflix.

Originally working in direct marketing, Marc quickly embraced technology as a means to market better, understand consumers more accurately, and provide the right information to those most receptive. He established a company which was taken over by a company that also acquired Reed Hasting’s business. The two colleagues lived near to each other and car pooled. On their daily commute their brainstormed ideas, with Marc spending the day researching the viability of their concepts.

The idea of sending VHS tapes of films by post was quickly dismissed, but then the new DVD format was announced. Whilst it wasn’t readily available at the time, the pair experimented by sending a CD in the post. It arrived at Reed’s house a day later in perfect condition and Netflix was born.

With a new way to enable people to browse and select films to rent, access to the internet and an efficient postal service meant Netflix reinvented a business dominated by video stores. On starting out, Netflix had a catalogue of 925 titles (most of which were old). Within seven years they’d shipped 1 million DVDs and had deals with most of the major studios. Two years after that, they’d shipped a billion discs. With the spread of domestic high-speed broadband the company adapted, embracing streaming and moving with consumers’ demands and the nature of the technology.

Marc tells the Netflix story and highlights the lessons for entrepreneurs and businesses trying to keep up with disruption. He recounts how they went though many ideas and tests of business models before getting it right. Now working with a range of startups covering everything from clothing to tool hire to education, Marc also considers broader lessons from a career in Silicon Valley.

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