Efe Cakarel

Meet the MUBI founder, who uses tastemakers around the world to create a better film streaming platform. 

"Nothing happens unless you focus all your energy on it, unless you jump with your entire body.”

It was in a beautiful cafe in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills in 2007 that Efe Cakarel first had the idea for MUBI, his curated online cinema platform that allows people in over 200 countries to watch extraordinary movies. He was in Japan—the nation with the world’s fastest broadband, which was then the world’s third biggest film market. And yet he couldn’t watch a film online.

Entrepreneurship is in Efe’s DNA—his first job as a tea-boy in his father’s company meant that, as a 10-year-old, he was already overhearing conversations about business strategy. So, not one to sit and wait for a gap in the market to be filled, he started writing a business plan on the flight back to San Francisco. “Nothing happens unless you focus all your energy on it,” he says, “unless you jump w...

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