Yet Wood has every reason to be constantly looking over his shoulder. The company is the primary adversary to Apple in the burgeoning Internet TV business -- an area where Apple may be planning to make a big, bold, game-changing move in coming years. "There is a very grand vision for TV," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said at an industry conference in May 2013. "I have nothing to announce, but it is an area of incredible interest." Add to that the knowledge that one of Roku's highest-profile partners, Netflix, is in talks with cable operators to bundle its content library with a cable service -- an action that would potentially diminish consumer interest in Wood's company -- and it's easy to wonder how the serial founder (AW Software, SunRize, iband, ReplayTV, BrightSign) gets a good night's sleep.
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