Mr. J. Mitchell Lowe, also known as Mitch, has been the Chief Executive Officer of MoviePass, Inc. since June 28, 2016. Mr. Lowe is a Partner at Crestlight Venture Partners, LLC. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Quarterly, Inc. since June 18, 2013. Since late 2011, he has been an Independent Consultant for entrepreneurs and startups. He has more than 25 years in the video and rental industry, including Executive positions at two of the most groundbreaking and influential companies in the home entertainment business since the 1980s.
Mr. Lowe’s career in the video business started in the 1980s with Video Droid. He opened a successful chain of video rental stores, further increasing his knowledge about the video rental customer experience. Leveraging that experience, he created a business that built websites for video rental stores. Mr. Lowe served as the President of Redbox Automated Retail, LLC of Outerwall Inc. from April 2009 to October 2011 and served as its Chief Operating Officer since May 2005. He helped to build a strong management team at Redbox and was instrumental in developing the concept of $1 per night new release DVD rentals. Mr. Lowe consulted for McDonald’s business development group, focusing on automated vending machines. He served at Redbox until late 2011.
Mr. Lowe was a Founding Executive of Netflix, Inc. since 1998 and also served as its Entertainment Domain Expert and Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Alliances from 1998 to 2003. He has been Head of The Content Advisory Board of NanoTech Entertainment, Inc. since February 2014. He serves as a Director of Cantaloupe Systems, Inc. He is a Board Advisor to Alchemy Entertainment, Fandor, Moviepass, Spray, GoWatchit and SkywriterRX. He has been a Director of Our Alchemy, LLC since August 2015. He has been an Independent Director at Notis Global, Inc. (formerly Medbox, Inc.) since March 3, 2014. He has been a Member of The Content Advisory Board of NanoTech Entertainment, Inc. since February 2014. Mr. Lowe was Chairman of the Video Software Dealers Association since 1996 and was its Director from 1991 to 1996.
Disrupt or be Disrupted
If you want to be the leader of your industry, you need to disrupt your market. Mitch Lowe is an expert in disruption. As a chief executive officer of Netflix, Redbox, and MoviePass, Lowe has disrupted the movie industry three times: two times he disrupted how we rent movies (by mail and by kiosk) and is in the process of disrupting how we pay for our movie theater experience. In this exciting and informative talk, Lowe will share the behind-the-scenes secrets of how he built a culture that disrupted movie watching and how you can build your own culture to disrupt your own industry.
Facing Tough Leadership Decisions
Remember when Netflix decided to increase their monthly fee by 60% or when Redbox raised their rental prices higher than $1 per night? Drawing on instances from his time at Netflix and Redbox, Mitch explains decisions made when the companies faced existential and strategic crises, providing reasoning behind those decisions and their effects—for better and/or worse.
Mitch discusses the wrong ways to make a decision and which factors are actually not helpful in the decision making process. He then details how to make a well informed decision by looking holistically at the pros and cons, the processes and resources through which a decision is implemented, and the likelihood of success.
This, along with Mitch’s other presentations, can be tailored to the audience, whether they be marketing, sales, operations, or strategic based.
Creating a Winning Culture
Theory and strategy are important, but execution is absolutely crucial. Sharing stories from his experiences at Netflix and Redbox, Mitch reveals the framework for designing and implementing a positive and winning culture.
The culture that developed in the early days of Netflix played a large role in the success of the company, and when Mitch took over as Redbox President he brought that culture with him. While, Redbox—a Chicago based company with midwest values–was a very different company than the Silicon Valley based Netflix, Mitch was able to implement the framework of the successful Netflix culture and customize it to fit Redbox’s goals and company values.
In this presentation, Mitch shows how a winning culture can be customized to align with any company’s unique philosophy to create an exceptional working environment that you and your employees will be proud of.
Building Teamwork to Achieve Innovative Results
Innovation requires unwavering commitment and support throughout the entire organization, which is often difficult to achieve for two reasons: one, the financial commitment and, two, getting everyone onboard for disruptive work. In this presentation, Mitch details the processes to get the whole team on board to work together towards innovative results.
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