Don’t pass the torch, pass the flame.
A few weeks ago, one of the organizations I work with started its board meeting with the icebreaker, “tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know”.Read
Make it easier to succeed, rather than harder to fail (AKA – Trust your customers)
A few weeks ago, tens of thousands of Netflix users were greeted with an unexpected screen message.Read
Never Put the Milk in the Back
I’ll make you a bet. Put me in any supermarket in the world – even one I’ve never been to before – and I’ll bet you I can walk straight to the milk.Read
Why I Never Run for Airplanes
Before Covid, I used to spend a lot of time in airports. And no matter what city I was in, no matter what time of day, I saw it at least once: a harried traveler sprinting through the terminal…Read
With 1,750,000 podcasts in the world, why am I launching another one?
Hint: It’s Richard Branson’s fault.
Five Years Ago, Richard Branson invited me and my wife to spend 4 days on his private island.
Everything I Learned About Startups I Learned from Ernest Shackleton
It’s hard being a leader. Especially in an early stage company.Read
My 2021 resolution: Don’t be a Frog.
In 2002, after six years thinking of little other than Netflix, I decided it was time to think a little differently. And so I left.Read
There’s A Pony in Here Somewhere
I’ve always been an optimist. And over a forty-year career as an entrepreneur that glass-half-full attitude has been an occupational necessity.Read
One More Lap, Then I’ll Stop
Like summiting Mt. Everest, succeeding as an entrepreneur is an overwhelming task.Read
The Courage of the Early-Stage Entrepreneur
I’ve been talking a lot about courage recently. I’m starting to conclude that it’s one of the most important characteristics for any entrepreneur.Read
Why I Waited Sixteen Years to Write My Book About Netflix
Ever since I left Netflix in 2003, people have been telling me the same thing: You should write a book. And I always have said the same thing in response: Why the hell would I want to do that?Read
Want to be a Songwriter? Don’t Move to Nashville. (Yet.)
You can start your business anywhere.Read
Your Idea Sucks. But guess What? It Doesn’t Matter.
When it comes to ideas, you have to get used to having your perfect sculptures squished.Read
Looker, Netflix, and Fruit Trees: A Few Thoughts on the Meaning of Success
Last week, Google announced that it was acquiring Looker.Read
My new book, That Will Never Work, comes out September 17th
That Will Never Work arrived in bookstores this fallRead
Survivor Bias is a Bitch
Winston Churchill famously said “history is written by the victors” and nowhere is this more true than in startupville.Read
The Elephant in the Room
My first real job lasted for three years. It ended the day I was unceremoniously fired.Read