Starting from Scratch: Strategies for Success from Netflix and Spotify, for CEOs and CFOs Everywhere

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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Congratulations to the entire Avalara team on their IPO!

Avalara Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on June 15, 2018, under the symbol “AVLR,” and the offering is expected to close on June 19, 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. Avalara has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,125,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan, and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as book-running managers for the offering. JMP Securities, KeyBanc Capital Markets, and Stifel are acting as co-managers.

The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the final prospectus related to the offering, when available, may be obtained from Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, or by telephone at 866-471-2526, or by email at, or from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by telephone at 866-803-9204, or email at A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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Source: Avalara, Inc.