FAST COMPANY: What quote, lyric, or line from a movie inspires you?
COL NEEDHAM: The movie quote which most inspires me was spoken by Steve Martin in Grand Canyon, and it is "all of life's riddles are answered in the movies." While this quote has always personally resonated with me, it was hearing Steve Martin say it which made me appreciate a sort of universal truth. This quote ultimately made me realize that IMDB had the potential to connect to the worldwide audience because we all look to movies to solve life's riddles.
What quote, lyric or line from a movie inspires you?
Col Needham is the founder and CEO IMDb. Born and living in the UK, Col has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. After starting a computer games software business at the age of 14, he went on to complete a computer science degree at Leeds University before commencing a career in technology research in Bristol, England. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Col created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Col published the first version of IMDb online in October 1990 and co-ordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort from 1990-1996. IMDb incorporated in January 1996 with the volunteers as shareholders and IMDb became a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in April 1998. Col continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world.