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That Will Never Work

Lu par : Marc Randolph
Durée : 11 h
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In the tradition of Phil Knight's Shoe Dog comes the incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company - all revealed by cofounder and first CEO Marc Randolph. 

Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king. Late fees were ubiquitous, video streaming unheard of, and widespread DVD adoption seemed about as imminent as flying cars. 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 proposals, like personalised 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 21st 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 they 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. 

What emerges, however, isn't just the inside story of one of the world's most iconic companies. Full of counterintuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? How do you deal with success? What even is success? 

From idea generation to team building to knowing when it's time to let go, That Will Never Work is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time. 

©2019 Marc Randolph (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

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  • Annie Grigoryan
  • 03/02/2020

I even bought the book itself

I was expecting your typical business book written by a Silicon Valley-entrepreneur, but it was the total opposite. Marc Randolph is extremely down to earth and gives business tips you can apply at any stage of your career. And he's a great narrator as well with a funny Boston accent. After listening to the audiobook I went out and bought the actual book to highlights some quotes, tips and tricks. I will keep it at my desk for inspiration and motivation.

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  • michelle
  • 28/01/2020

I loved this.

it kept me sitting in my car long after I reached my destination. thank you.

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  • manasi
  • 03/11/2019

great memoir

Loved knowing about the journey of netflix which has become such integral part of our lives over time. The story is well told and keeps one highly engaged.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/08/2020

Fantastic engaging read!

Enjoyed this thoroughly from start to finish. inspiring and honest, with key lessons on how successful ideas form after multiple evolutions over time

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  • Gary
  • 10/08/2020

Great all round

Not the off the shelf story about Netflix
A humble version of events
Entertained the whole way through

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15/07/2020

Tech Giants!

Awesome read for anyone who’s interested in the birth of arguably one of the greatest tech start ups of our generation.

Mark goes into detail of the highs and lows of the company with a real life view of juggling investors, family and a concept company.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28/03/2020

My favorite memoir

Well written and very well narrated. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with great insight into the Netflix story as well as what it takes to build such a power house. Marc seems like the kind of guy that you want to sit down with and have a beer together!

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  • Karabo Moloko
  • 25/03/2020

What a timely book

What a appropriate and timely book for every entrepreneur finding their way through the challenges of a start-up. Every page holds gems on how to get it done. Inspiring, moving and fun to read.

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  • Dave
  • 30/09/2019

Be in love the problem, not the solution.

What an insightful journey through the birth of an idea, it's reiteration and evolution. This book could easily be a handbook for start-ups. Thank you for sharing your memoirs with us Marc. It's easy to tell the struggles. It's easy to tell the success. Thank you though for teaching us the switch.

As an Author myself, and a guy who helps leaders hack culture and strategy, my heart warmed every time you talked about staying true to the NETFLIX culture, specially in the tough times.

Highly recommended.

Cheers, Dave

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  • Hector
  • 25/09/2019

You will love it

I just couldn't let go. It is a great audiobook, I've never finished one so fast. You will love every chapter.

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  • Alejandro Sierra
  • 10/09/2020

Moved

Few books have managed to moved me so deeply as to laugh, worry, feel pain and go down to tears as this one.
Marc, everything you do is golden.

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  • Marcel Tibo
  • 30/05/2020

Eine der ehrlichsten Biografien

Der einzige Wermutstropfen ist, dass die Story nur bis zur IPO geht. Ansonsten super erzählt ohne Rückschläge und Fehler auszusparen.