I've been thinking...

…and every so often I jot a few of these thoughts down to share. I’m a little scattered, but generally my essays focus on that magical process by which crazy ideas turn into companies. Sometimes that will be stories from Netflix or one of my other companies. Other times I’ll talk about more general entrepreneurial topics. And sometimes I just want to riff on something random that popped into my head. Regardless, I’m eager to hear what you think. I love your comments and read every word.

Don’t pass the torch, pass the flame.

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”.

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Make it easier to succeed, rather than harder to fail (AKA – Trust your customers)

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.

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Never Put the Milk in the Back

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.

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Why I Never Run for Airplanes

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…

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With 1,750,000 podcasts in the world, why am I launching another one?

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.

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Everything I Learned About Startups I Learned from Ernest Shackleton

Everything I Learned About Startups I Learned from Ernest Shackleton

It’s hard being a leader. Especially in an early stage company.

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My 2021 resolution: Don’t be a Frog.

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.

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There’s A Pony in Here Somewhere

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.

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One More Lap, Then I’ll Stop

One More Lap, Then I’ll Stop

Like summiting Mt. Everest, succeeding as an entrepreneur is an overwhelming task.

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The Courage of the Early-Stage Entrepreneur

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.

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Why I Waited Sixteen Years to Write My Book About Netflix

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?

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Why We Kept the Original Netflix DVDs in a Safe

Why We Kept the Original Netflix DVDs in a Safe

Don’t just automate. Innovate.

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Your Idea Sucks. But guess What? It Doesn’t Matter.

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.

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Want to Get Your Foot in the Door?

Want to Get Your Foot in the Door?

Start gutting chickens.

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Looker, Netflix, and Fruit Trees: A Few Thoughts on the Meaning of Success

Looker, Netflix, and Fruit Trees: A Few Thoughts on the Meaning of Success

Last week, Google announced that it was acquiring Looker.

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My new book, That Will Never Work, comes out September 17th

My new book, That Will Never Work, comes out September 17th

That Will Never Work arrived in bookstores this fall

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Survivor Bias is a Bitch

Survivor Bias is a Bitch

Winston Churchill famously said “history is written by the victors” and nowhere is this more true than in startupville.

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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

My first real job lasted for three years. It ended the day I was unceremoniously fired.

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Fathers & Sons (and Daughters)

Fathers & Sons (and Daughters)

My oldest son graduated from college in June. He’s already started his own company.

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