About ten years ago, Reed Hastings co-founded a small company in Los Gatos, CA (Silicon Valley) that would mail you DVDs. Ten years later, they are a force to be reckoned with and are disrupting how you watch TV and movies! With an IPO price of $15 (May, 2002), today their stock is trading at over $240/share and the company has a market cap of over $12B!
One reason for Netflix’s ongoing success is the company’s culture, which emphasizes performance, freedom, and responsibility. If you want an example of Employees First and Customer’s Second, search no more!
In business, never underestimate the value of true first mover advantage. True first mover advantage reflects not the first actual mover, but the first mover to garner significant market share. In fact, the gains can be tremendous – become recognized as the leader in the space (whereas everyone else becomes the “me too”), get customers (and revenue) before any competitor can arrive on the scene, and reap great profits and possibly gain monopoly-like status. An entrepreneur’s (and the VC who backed the company) dream come true! Read the rest of this entry