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

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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Collaborative Consumption

I was interviewed yesterday by Fast Company for an upcoming article they are doing on collaborative consumption, the broad category of companies that facilitate multiple users sharing an item.  I’ve realised that pretty much every company in the category can … Continue reading

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Bait & Switch from Tivo

How did this happen?  How did a high tech entrepreneur with more than 20 years in the trenches get taken in by a classic bait and switch? It’s a sordid tale: Tivo’s home page boldly tells me I’m eligible for … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Perfect Landing Page

Great info-graphic with some interesting ideas for landing pages.  Gotta love the “completeness” but if I saw one of my early stage CEOs worrying about what color theme would be most effective, I would know he had way too much … Continue reading

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I Hate Math! (Not After This, You Won’t)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2010/12/16/132050207/this-is-for-the-i-hate…

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If Richard Feynman applied for a job at Microsoft

Way back when I was running Direct Marketing for Borland and busy blanketing the earth in direct mail letters for Quattro Pro, my friend Paul jumped ship and went to Microsoft. Being the pal he was, one of his first … Continue reading

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Intensifiers

via imgs.xkcd.com

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