Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

“Partnering & Chill”: Netflix’s first CFO on Blockbuster FP&A

"I have been at the inception points of three companies-Intuit, Netflix and Mozilla Firefox. And now I’m just trying to give back as many lessons as possible” Jim Cook 

Jim Cook shares his front row experience as first finance hire at streaming giant Netflix. He reveals the finance business partnering lessons learned from supporting fellow co-founders Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings building the company from obscurity to one of the biggest brands in the world.

How did finance at Netflix contribute to the  design of  the first red envelopes? What are his lessons that can transform your FP&A?

In this episode:

  • Coping with unrealistic budgets experience at fast-growing startups
  • What it’s like as Finance Hire #1 at Netflix
  • Rebirthing the browser market at Mozilla Firefox
  • Lessons from M&A and IPO at Intuit  
  • Lessons to deliver blockbuster FP&A 
  • The FP&A as CEO 
  • The power of a “listening tour and finance partnership”
  • Using your voice in FP&A 
  • What storytelling really means for a finance professional
  • Two strategic finance moments that changed the game for Intuit and Mozilla

Links from the Show

Netflixed by Gina Keating (Amazon)

That Will Never Work, Mark Randolph (Amazon)

Netflix versus the World. (Full Documentary, YouTube)

Five lessons I learned from Netflix – Jim Cook

Contact Jim Cook on LinkedIn

Email jimCook@benchboard.com

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