Marc Randolph: Biography highlights
During his 40+ year career, co-founder and former CEO of Netflix, Marc Randolph has established himself as an authority on business, strategy and innovation.
Full biography of Marc Randolph
About Marc Randolph
His insight on fostering creativity and effectively transforming ideas into realities has resulted in numerous successful business ventures, including many that he founded.
- Founder of more than half a dozen successful start-ups
- Currently advising five startups in roles ranging from mentor to CEO coach to board member
- Talks about where ideas come from and how to get your company thinking like a startup
Prior to founding Netflix in 1996, Marc was on the founding team of more than half a dozen successful startups in various industries – all of which went on to IPOs or other liquidity events.
At Netflix, he served as CEO, executive web producer and board member, until his retirement from the company.
Since then, he has served as an advisor, mentor, board member and investor for businesses and executives in a variety of industries. Most recently, he co-founded analytics software company, Looker Data Sciences and serves as an operational advisor.
With knowledge and experience that applies to any business or industry, Randolph seamlessly translates his wisdom into meaningful acumen and inspiration to all types of audiences.
In narratives that highlight idea generation, transforming challenges into advantages, lessons learned from Netflix and insight into how to validate ideas, Marc Randolph motivates audiences to think differently to achieve their definition of success.
Watch Marc in action
Our firm hired Marc to be a keynote speaker at Accenture's very important event in Spain. His story was very engaging and we all enjoyed his discussion about disruption, innovation and the Netflix story.'
'Marc is a great storyteller with lessons that can be applied to all business; from startups to legacy brands. He is logical, down-to-earth and entertaining. His personal stories demonstrate a unique perspective on transforming mindsets on behalf of companies and brands in an ever-evolving digital age.'
'Marc Randolph spoke at many CIOsynergy conferences through North America and he was an outstanding speaker. His thought provoking keynotes have underlined Marc as one of our most demanded keynotes. His new book about Netflix will surely be a must read and we're looking forward to reading it and sharing it with our community of enterprise leaders. We need more inspiring books about how entrepreneurs take a dream and make it reality for our C-suite audiences who are themselves on the edge of inspiring innovation'
High Point University
'While Marc Randolph is certainly a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Netflix, his most significant role may be that of mentor. I've seen it first hand on the campus of High Point University where Marc serves as Entrepreneur in Residence. Our students listen intensely to his advice and counsel, and they line up to receive feedback on their entrepreneurial endeavors and in general, their life path. In Nobody Knows Anything, Marc puts to paper a lifetime of learnings, trial and error, and a system to ensure the reader can embrace the type of growth mindset that creates success and significance.'
'Marc Randolph leverages his decades of experience in Silicon Valley to encourage everyone, anyone and nobody to follow their dreams. Adopting his strategies to reduce time to insight, embrace risk, and simply take action, the reader will start to think like a start-up, develop as a leader and innovate.'
Price Waterhouse Coopers
'Everything turned out great for our program! Marc was amazing and we've heard nothing but positive feedback on his session.'
Marc's speaking topics
How to get your company thinking like a startup
What Silicon Valley has to teach us about innovation. 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. Netflix founder and startup CEO Marc Randolph will share dozens of effective tips, tricks and stories drawn from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur that will help you make your company more responsive to changing conditions – regardless of your company’s size or industry.
Where do ideas come from
Learn how Silicon Valley’s most exciting startups come up with their ideas and how they turn those ideas into reality.
Anyone who has taken a shower has had an idea, but how do you turn those ideas into reality? Netflix Founder and startup CEO Marc Randolph will share dozens of tips, tricks and stories drawn from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur that will help you more easily come up with innovative ideas, validate them, and get your new venture off the ground. Equal parts inspiration, start up stories, and practical tips, it’s a message that resonates equally well with students, early stage entrepreneurs, and any businessperson looking to bring innovation to their business.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder who the hell comes up with this crap!
How a scrappy Silicon Valley startup brought down Blockbuster and built one of the world’s best known brands.
Netflix Founder and startup CEO 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 believe made Netflix successful, including a focus on analytics and testing, its novel corporate culture, and it’s 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.