Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider

Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider

by Stacy Spikes
Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider

Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider

by Stacy Spikes


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At the intersection of power, technology, and race, Stacy Spikes, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of MoviePass, reveals the tools he’s used to persevere in the face of adversity, defy stereotypes, and shatter glass ceilings. BLACK FOUNDER is both an empowering memoir of a trailblazing business leader and an unflinching look at what it means to be Black and ambitious in the upper echelons of record labels, movie studios and tech startups – with practical steps on how to overcome prejudice and build your own success.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496739568
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/24/2023
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 507,708
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stacy Spikes is an award-winning entrepreneur, co-founder and co-chairman of MoviePass, founder of the Urbanworld Film Festival, and a former film marketing executive and producer. Named by USA Today as one of the 21 most influential Blacks in technology, Spikes is also the founder and CEO of PreShow Interactive, a branded content app that rewards gamers for watching long-form video content. In his senior executive roles at Motown Records, Sony Music Entertainment, and Miramax, he worked some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Queen Latifah, and Eddie Murphy. Spikes is originally from Houston, Texas and now lives New York City with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

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

Acknowledgments 227

Index 231

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