Stacy Spikes knows what’s it like to be an outsider. He certainly knew he didn’t fit the mold of a successful future tech entrepreneur. But he marshaled his resilience and ultimately set out to shatter that mold—along with the glass ceiling that came with it. Finding his footing in the tech world was an education in the complexities of being an outsider—but as Stacy came to see, rather than a hindrance, it afforded him a unique position of power.
Beginning as a film studio gopher, Spikes quickly rose through the industry ranks, being named one of the Hollywood Reporter’s 30 Under 30. Still, he was an outsider looking in. So he set out to make his own dreams a reality. Defying expectations, Spikes effectively disrupted the status quo and reinvented himself from junior executive to CEO Tech Founder. What ensued was an escalating adventure with bigger stages, bigger risks, and a roller-coaster ride of exhilarating ascent—unpredictable collapse—and a story book return.
Now Spikes shares his challenges, pitfalls, and keys to personal and professional fulfillment. He shows how the seemingly impossible can be overcome by having faith in oneself and creating from a place of confidence. Taking readers inside the battles of the boardroom and beyond, Black Founder is a business memoir that will inspire every outsider who has a dream.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Out There 5
Chapter 2 All That Glitters 15
Chapter 3 Mentors of Motown 27
Chapter 4 Apprentice Rising 41
Chapter 5 The Machine of Music: Sony 53
Chapter 6 Miramax and Madmen 61
Chapter 7 Baptism by Fire: Urbanworld 79
Chapter 8 Ownership Matters 95
Chapter 9 Urbanworld to the World 109
Chapter 10 Outsider's Advantage 123
Chapter 11 "What if …" MoviePass 135
Chapter 12 Developers and Deadlines 149
Chapter 13 Defending the Castle 165
Chapter 14 When the Walls Come Tumbling Down 179
Chapter 15 Wakanda 197
Chapter 16 Phoenix Rising 211