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Reed Hastings

Co-Founder and CEO
Netflix, Inc.

Hastings co-founded Netflix as a DVD rental-by-mail company in 1997. In 2002, Netflix went public, and in 2003, Netflix reached 1 million subscribers. Thanks to streaming content over the Internet, Netflix now has over 20 million subscribers. Earlier in his career, in 1991, he founded Pure Software, which made tools for Unix software developers. He built Pure into one of the world's 50 largest public software companies before selling it to Rational Software in 1997. Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College and an MSCS in AI degree from Stanford University. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. That may have been an easier task than his current one: dealing with media and cable companies who fear disruptive change.

Posts With Reed Hastings

Netflix Won’t Let Your Kids Binge (Quite as Much) With “Turbo,” Its Newest Original

The animated show is no “House of Cards.”
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Reed Hastings Has a Long Memory, Sharp Wit

Oh well. No one is right all the time.

— Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, on Facebook, linking to a 2005 MarketWatch story in which analyst Michael Pachter put a $3 price target on Netflix and said the company “continues to underestimate Blockbuster’s market position.”

Icahn Cashes Out — And Cashes In — On Netflix Stake

Total return: About 457 percent.
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Netflix Hits Its Numbers, Investors Go Nuts, Reed Hastings Tells Them to Chill Out

$55 a year ago. $390 today.
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Power Listicle: Disruptive Bezos Displaces Apple Execs as No. 1 on VF Annual Ranking

Who’s the bomb? (For this year, at least.)
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Your Poor Couch! Netflix Viewers Don’t Cut Back on Regular TV.

Are you watching Netflix? TiVo says you’re not cutting back on your regular TV habits. Which means you are spending a lot of time watching TV, period.
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Netflix’s No-Name Show Beating “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development”

Which is good news for Reed Hastings.
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“Arrested Development” Helps Netflix Add More Than 600,000 Subscribers

And that’s probably not enough to satisfy Wall Street.
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Reed Hastings Has a (Polite) Message for Jeff Bewkes

Albania takes it up a notch.

— Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, via Facebook, sending a post-Emmy nomination message to his frenemies at Time Warner

Yahoo Q2 Earnings Call: The Marissa and Ken Show, Now in Living Color

Hiyo, if you will, for the Internet age.
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Amazon, Netflix Keep Chasing Your Kids

Netflix Nabs an HBO Engineer

Reed Hastings’s $300 Million Year