That will never work : the birth of Netflix and the amazing life of an idea by Marc RandolphMaterial type: TextPublisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: ix, 325 p.ISBN: 9780316530200.Subject(s): Netflix (Firm) -- History | Netflix (Firm) | Entrepreneurship | Internet videos -- United States | Streaming technology (Telecommunications) | Entrepreneurship | Internet videos | Streaming technology (Telecommunications) | United StatesDDC classification: 338.04
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Against epiphanies -- "That will never work" -- Please, Mr. postman -- Getting the band together -- Show me the money -- How it feels to deposit a check for almost $2 million -- We were almost CinemaCenter -- Ready for launch -- A day in the post-launch life -- Halcyon days -- Two cents for Bill Clinton -- "I'm losing faith in you" -- Over the hill -- Nobody knows anything -- Drowning in our own success -- Crash -- The belt tightens -- Going public -- Epilogue: Randolph's rules for success.
"Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king. Late fees were ubiquitous, video-streaming unheard was of, and widespread DVD adoption seemed about as imminent as flying cars. Indeed, these were the widely accepted laws of the land in 1997, when Marc Randolph had an idea. It was a simple thought-leveraging the internet to rent movies-and was just one of many more and far worse proposals, like personalized baseball bats and a shampoo delivery service, that Randolph would pitch to his business partner, Reed Hastings, on their commute to work each morning. But Hastings was intrigued, and the pair-with Hastings as the primary investor and Randolph as the CEO-founded a company. Now with over 150 million subscribers, Netflix's triumph feels inevitable, but the twenty first century's most disruptive start up began with few believers and calamity at every turn. From having to pitch his own mother on being an early investor, to the motel conference room that served as a first office, to server crashes on launch day, to the now-infamous meeting when Netflix brass pitched Blockbuster to acquire them, Marc Randolph's transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit, gut instincts and determination can change the world-even with an idea that many think will never work."--Amazon.com.