“What? You ask? Reed Hastings wasn’t the first CEO of Netflix?” (I didn’t know that either). It was the author, Marc Randolph. And his story of the birth of Netflix is interesting, compelling, and relatable even if you’re not interested in doing a start-up.
Lots of ups-and-downs from concept to execution which any entrepreneur understands; as a Workforce Strategist, of course I wanted to read much more about how Patty McCord impacted the company, but I can’t always get everything I want.
Yet there are lots of great stories and anecdotes.
Take the time Randoph and Hastings tried to sell Netflix to Blockbuster. They borrowed Vanna White’s jet (who knew) and offered Netflix for $50 million.
I wonder if Blockbuster might still be in business if they took the offer.