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Marc Randolph knows how to put ideas into plans that result in reality. The co-founder of Netflix, and numerous other entrepreneurial endeavors gives this advice to people with bright ideas: Run with them. Don’t try to be perfect. Change things along the way.

Randolph, a popular culture game-changer, will be the second speaker in the Muma College of Business Thought Leader Series. His presentation is scheduled for Feb. 21 at the USF Oval Theater inside the Marshall Center. The inaugural guest of the series, Steve Wozniak, founder of the Apple computer, drew about 2,400 to the Yuengling Center this past February. Similarly, Randolph is expected to draw a capacity crowd.

The Muma College of Business Thought Leader Series was established to draw nationally recognized speakers, innovators, idea generators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, authors and "turn-around artists" in business and industry for informal talks that include questions from the audience. And Randolph fits all the qualifications.

He and Reed Hastings came up with the idea for Netflix in the late 1990s and melded new technology with an old standby. The initial plan was to mail, via the U.S. Postal Service, movie DVDs to members, who would watch them and mail them back. It would be years before the forward-thinking company would evolve into streaming movies, television shows, documentaries and award winning original programming into homes via modems and cable boxes. Netflix is widely credited for forging the path into this new realm that has revolutionized television viewing.

At the conclusion of the event, Randolph will respond to a limited number of audience questions submitted via Twitter using the event hashtag: #USFMumaTLS.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. This event is expected to sell out, so tickets are limited to two tickets per guest.


Is this event limited to business majors at the University of South Florida?No. This event is free and open to the public but reservations are REQUIRED and guests may only reserve two seats per guest (names and email addresses are REQUIRED for each attendee).

Where do I park for this event? Guests with USF parking permits should park in the lots available for their designated permit. Guests without USF parking permits will receive parking details via email as the event draws near. This is one reason why it is essential that email addresses are provided for each guest, including "plus one" guests.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? It is preferred. For speedier check-in, please bring a copy of your printed ticket or have your emailed ticket open on your phone and ready for scanning.

Will there be any opportunities for photos or other interaction with Marc Randolph? Guests will not be permitted to take photos with the speaker. However, photos during the event will be permitted. Questions for the Q&A session must be submitted via Twitter using the event hashtag: #USFMumaTLS. Questions will be selected at random during the conversation.

What is the dress code for this event? Guests are encouraged to wear business attire but we expect many students will be in student attire as they are coming from class.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Email lbriggs@usf.edu.

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Feb 21 2019

Thought Leader Series Speaker: Marc Randolph, founder of Netflix

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