Barry McCarthy was CFO at Netflix and Spotify during periods of explosive growth, and he took both companies public – in different ways. Our latest episode of Growth Journeys pairs exceptional operator Barry McCarthy with veteran investor Woody Marshall, a Spotify board member and TCV General partner. Together they explore how “visionary” founders and CEOs need to be able to see the future while staying grounded in the present, and how strategic CFOs develop their own ability to see around corners and help the team navigate both choppy waters and growth opportunities in finance and operations. McCarthy and Marshall then apply these lessons to the timely topic of managing in a crisis, and the critically important relationship between CEOs and their boards of directors. Take-aways include:

  • Three fundamental leadership qualities exemplified by Reed Hastings and Daniel Ek.
  • How McCarthy learned to staff and task his team for challenges that were still months in the future.
  • How taking risks separates industry leaders from the pack.
  • Why Spotify went public with a direct listing – and why others are following its lead.
  • The single most important adjustment that leaders must make in a crisis.
  • The invisible but essential quality that binds CEOs and their boards of directors

For all this and more, settle back and press play.


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