78: Anthony Wood, Roku founder & CEO: Continual Reinvention

 
 Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood started the broadband streaming powerhouse before broadband and streaming existed. So how did he build Roku into what it is? And what's the history with Netflix? He tells his story.

Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood started the broadband streaming powerhouse before broadband and streaming existed. So how did he build Roku into what it is? And what's the history with Netflix? He tells his story.

Today it's a $4-billion publicly-traded company. It's synonymous with streaming video, going head-to-head with Apple, Amazon, Google and lately Netflix, in the cord-cutting era. But Roku's been around for more than 15 years. That means it's older than YouTube. 

Anthony Wood, the founder and CEO, hasn't followed a straight line to get Roku where it is. He's gone through a few different business models. He got some help from Netflix. Now he's defying the odds and talking about Roku's latest strategic moves.

I met Anthony Wood at Roku's New York office in Midtown Manhattan. We talked about his journey as an entrepreneur – from selling used golf balls as a kid to his big move to Silicon Valley. He also gives his take on what's next in this golden age of TV.