Author Archives: Marc Randolph

About Marc Randolph

Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, high tech executive, and start-up consultant. Most recently Marc was co-founder of Netflix. Follow him on Twitter: @mbrandolph

It Isn’t Bullshit if you Believe it Yourself.

I’ve been outed. Last week, a friend of mine publically called me out as a Huckster.  I think the exact term he used was “world class bullshitter”. Well, he was right.   In fact, I’m happy to go on record as … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For

So you want to do a startup! Sure sounds like fun doesn’t it?  Starting and ending your day devouring the latest articles on Hacker News. Posting questions and answers on Quora.  Working the party circuit at SXSW. Snarfing pizza with … Continue reading

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Why Entrepreneurs make Bad Angel investors

I came to the sad realization today that I was never going to be a great angel investor.  And for a simple reason: I like every idea I hear. Obviously it’s not that my deal flow is so spectacular – … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Netflix

EXACTLY THIRTEEN YEARS AGO today, sometime in the early morning hours of April 14th, 1998, the Netflix site went live for the first time.   We lasted about 6 hours before the site crashed for the first of many (many!) times … Continue reading

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Founding Relics

I love “founding relics” – those old documents, sketchs and pitch decks from a company’s earliest days that make it clear that even some of Silicon Valley’s biggest success stories all started out just like you – a couple of … Continue reading

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The World is (not really) Flat

I finally took the plunge and bought one of those “great courses” to listen to on my weekly drives up to the Valley. The “Great Courses” (of course) are those ubiquitously promoted university level courses taught by “some of the … Continue reading

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The essential presentation primer

Looking back on my years as a student, I have no problem determining which three classes were the best I ever took. The first two were public speaking and basic composition – both of which I took my Freshman year … Continue reading

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