What was it like working at Netflix before it became a game-changing giant? And what can people and businesses do to ensure technology makes the most lives better in the future? Hear that and more from this week’s podcast guest, Kate O’Neill! Episode #35 of the Wild Business Growth Podcast is LIVE and features the Founder of KO Insights and Author of Tech Humanist, who was one of the first 100 employees of Netflix. Listen to the episode on iTunes / Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, and your other favorite audio platforms – subscribe and leave a 5-star review if Kate blew your mind!

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Episode #35: Kate O’Neill – Tech Humanist, Netflix to the UN

Kate O’Neill, the Futurist, Author, Keynote Speaker, Fortune 500 Advisor, and Founder of KO Insights joins the show to share her journey from being one of the first 100 employees of Netflix to writing Tech Humanist and speaking at the UN. Kate and I originally connected over social media after I heard so much buzz about her latest book. The more I learned about her “Tech Humanist” concept and impressive background, the more I was certain she’d be a fascinating podcast guest! We were able to lock down a super cool Peerspace conference room for the interview near Columbus Circle in NYC, and all worked out swimmingly despite the blizzard conditions (see pictures below). Kate is an incredibly bright, generous, and funny leader who has started a powerful movement anyone can relate to. This episode covers everything from what Netflix was like in the early days to whether privacy even exists anymore. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What it was like being one of the first 100 employees of Netflix
  • Why it’s important to define your company’s purpose in 7 words or less
  • How to align your company to make lives better
  • Kate’s experiences going viral and speaking at the UN in back-to-back months
  • Why completely unplugging isn’t necessary
  • The creative power of face-to-face conversations
  • Why you shouldn’t learn 5 languages at the same time
  • Kate’s favorite instrument to play of the endless she’s tried

Connect with Kate on Twitter at @KateO and at KOinsights.com.

Enjoy the show and be the best human you can be! Check out the show notes and pictures below for much more detail.

Show Notes

  • Intro and the Early Days of Netflix
    • [0:29] Email me at max@hippodirect.com for help starting and building your own podcast or with digital marketing
    • [0:41] Connect with Kate on Twitter at @KateO and at KOinsights.com
    • [0:43] Kate’s newest book Tech Humanist, KO Insights
    • [0:49] Netflix
    • [0:56] The UN (United Nations)
    • [1:20] See pictures below of our interview at a Peerspace meeting room in the blizzard
    • [1:43] How Kate opens her keynotes
    • [2:35] How she introduces herself
    • [3:51] Kate’s background
    • [4:54] University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
    • [5:04] What the web looked like in 1994
    • [5:10] Toshiba, intranet
    • [5:41] Silicon Valley
    • [5:51] What it was like being one of the first 100 employees of Netflix
    • [6:44] The person who knew Netflix would become the beast it is
    • [6:57] Reed Hastings
    • [7:17] Roku
    • [7:31] Blockbuster
    • [8:39] How much Netflix spends on R&D
    • [9:21] The power of pivoting
    • [10:02] Qwikster
    • [11:03] What got Kate into consulting, speaking, and writing
    • [11:21] [meta]marketer
    • [13:03] Kate’s purpose with KO Insights

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