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

In this episode, Darius and Stacy discuss Stacy’s entrepreneurial journey, including his experiences with MoviePass and his motivation to start Urbanworld Film Festival. Stacy shares some key takeaways from his book, Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider, offering guidance to fellow founders, and emphasizing the importance of overcoming mental barriers to success. They also recount MoviePass’ rise and fall, its acquisition, and its triumphant return with a sustainable model. 

In this episode, Stacy and I talked about:

  • What sparked Stacy’s passion for the entertainment industry that lead him to pursue a career in Hollywood
  • Stacy looks back at his experience and challenges working on soundtracks at Miramax
  • How the events of 9/11 have left a profound impact on Stacy’s perspective
  • How Urban World has helped launch the careers of notable filmmakers and actors
  • Stacy shares his take on embracing diversity
  •  What motivated Stacy to start a nonprofit festival called Urban World
  • Co-founding Urbanworld Films and what the company offers to moviegoers 
  • The challenges of co-founding MoviePass and what it took to fund the app
  • What the future looks like for MoviePass
  • What inspired Stacy to write Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider
  • And other topics…

Meet Stacy:

Co-founder and CEO of MoviePass, NYC’s Stacy Spikes – relaunches the company and his memoir just released BLACK FOUNDER. As you may know, MoviePass is a national subscription company that allows passionate movie fans to see movies in theaters for a monthly fee www.moviepass.com/faq Think the Uber or Airbnb of Movie ticket technology.

Meet David:

David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the largest platform for finding and building local community. He has over 20 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth, and digital traffic acceleration. Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia and before that, President of Seeking Alpha. David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University where he teaches strategic planning and entrepreneurship. He hosts the podcast Keep Connected, which is dedicated to the power of community. David’s book, Decide & Conquer, (HarperCollins) lays out the framework for decision-making that leaders can use to ensure organizational and personal success.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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