Ray Kroc is a 52 year old multi-milkshake machine salesperson. Business sucks, but, he is living on optimism, enthusiasm, and sheer determination.
You can tell something is brewing deep in his mind.
One day he gets an order for 6 milkshake machines in San Bernadino, CA, at a restaurant named McDonald’s that is owned and operated by brothers, Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald.
Pulling up to McDonald’s, Ray is shocked to see a long line that actually moves really quickly. He is equally shocked that the food he ordered came in a paper bag with no plates or utensils….and it tastes great!
Fast food at it’s finest.
The brothers McDonald give him a tour and explain how they designed the most efficient system for turning out a meal in 30 seconds rather than 30 minutes.
Ray immediately sees the value and wants in. He wants to be the first franchise owner of a McDonald’s in his mid-west hometown.
They sign a contract and Ray is off to the races. You kinda know what happens…..:-)
“The Founder” is a fascinating look at how a small, technically advanced small business with limited business/ growth vision, can become, well…..McDonald’s in the hands of someone with just a bit of business savvy.
Business is not easy, and you really have to be a snake in the grass to succeed (from personal experience), but, Ray grows into that role with the help of the very resistant, shortsighted, yet technically visionary, McDonald brothers.
The first with a great idea are generally not the one’s who ultimately profit from that idea. Again, from personal experience. 🙂
Great movie! Must see if only because everyone knows McDonald’s.
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