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Reed Hastings

Wilmot Reed Hastings, Jr. (born October 8, 1960) is an entrepreneur and education philanthropist. He is the CEO of Netflix, and on the boards of ... More »Wilmot Reed Hastings, Jr. (born October 8, 1960) is an entrepreneur and education philanthropist. He is the CEO of Netflix, and on the boards of Microsoft, Facebook, and numerous non-profit organizations. Hastings was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from high school in 1978 from the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father was a lawyer who once served in the Nixon administration, serving as general counsel in the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. After high school, he spent a year selling Rainbow vacuum cleaners door to door. Hastings majored in mathematics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and won its mathematics department's Smyth Prize in 1981, and its Hammond Prize in 1983. Hastings received his bachelor's degree from the college in 1983. Hastings entered Marine Corps officer training through their Platoon Leader Class and spent the summer of 1981 in Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. "I... [ Wikipedia ]

OpenTV, Nagra Pile Another Patent Suit On Netflix As They Gear Up For Apple Fight

“On December 15, 2011, OpenTV wrote to Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, and notified him of the existence of The Kudelski Group patent portfolio generally. OpenTV explained that its technology may be relevant to several aspects of Netflix’s services, and invited Mr. Hastings to ...

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Netflix speeds surge for Comcast users following connection deal

In a blog post last month, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings blasted Comcast and other large ISPs, saying the payment demands were an abuse of market power and a threat to net neutrality, the principle that ISPs should keep all online content equally accessible. Comcast responded that companies ...

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Even After Falling $100 per Share, Is Netflix a Buy? (NFLX)

Founder and CEO Reed Hastings was lambasted by the financial media over the Qwikster debacle, named worst CEO by many in 2011. Frankly, in many ways he earned the title, considering that the share price fell from $300 to $65 in less than six months. However, the speed with which the ...

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A new era dawns as Netflix begins 4K/UHD streaming

When Netflix announced plans to push for 4K streaming last November, it was criticized by many, deriding both the limits of compression capabilities, as well as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ claims that an average speed of 15 Mbps would be required to access the content. Netflix has ...

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Ex-Googler: Startup First, Google Second

Na, who spent over six years at Google, writes on Quora : At my first startup I met Reed Hastings (who was the CEO) [via Pure Software]. The folks at that startup taught me how to negotiate, how to run an engineering team, and most of all, how to respond when engineering management ...

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Netflix, Comcast, AT&T and the War Over ISP Fees

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was ultimately criticized for the move. These criticisms prompted the executive to write a blog post that touted Netflix's ultimate desire for net neutrality while essentially explaining why the company had no choice but to pay for better connection if it was ...

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Comcast says Time Warner deal won't hurt competition

Consumers face poor service if online video providers don't pay Web providers such as Comcast and Verizon Communications Inc. for priority connections, Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said in a March 20 blog posting. The acquisition announced Feb. 13 needs clearance ...

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Al Franken Presses Comcast On Time Warner Cable Merger: 'I'm Against This Deal'

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Amazon Fire TV Threat To Netflix

Do not expect CEO Reed Hastings to tolerate that for long, if it turns out that Fire TV hurts Netflix more than it helps it. Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions...

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Rebranding Disasters And What You Can Learn From Them

At a time when Netflix should have been flying high, due to the exploding popularity of its streaming service, CEO Reed Hastings was apologizing to customers for the way that the company handled the separation of its core-DVD business and new streaming service. Instead of learning from ...

European lawmakers breathe new life into the free Internet

It’s created a system through which it is able to convince even net neutrality supporters like Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to pay for improved performance, to get Apple to pay for the ability to reach consumers at a decent speed, to become even larger in the ISP market, and to make ...

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Opinion: Say NO to the Comcast takeover

As Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote, "Some big ISPs are extracting a toll because they can -- they effectively control access to millions of consumers and are willing to sacrifice the interests of their own customers to press Netflix and others to pay. " "Extracting a toll" is a polite ...

Citi may be in more legal hot water The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

Recently, the rule nearly ensnared Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for a tweet. The SEC eventually let Hastings off the hook. "Sounds like the kind of thing that Reg FD was specifically trying to correct," says Duke Law professor Jim Cox, who specializes in corporate and securities law. "Citi ...

Jerry Kowal Sues Amazon And Netflix

In front of 200 Netflix employees and board members, Sarandos and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings allegedly said the company was investigating Kowal for using stolen trade secrets to compete against his former employer. Kowal says Amazon fired him even though he was ultimately cleared of any ...

Once-Soaring Tech Stocks Sink in Sobering Comedown

Even Netflix CEO Reed Hastings cited the "euphoria" surrounding the stock as he discussed the company's quarterly earnings last October. "We have a sense of momentum, investors driving the stock price more than we might normally," Hastings said in a video presentation. "There's ...

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Media Pioneer Donald Graham Keynote On Accessing The American Dream And Digital...

In addition to Graham, other notables headlining this year's event are former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush; NBA legend and global social entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Netflix co-founder and CEO, investor and philanthropist Reed Hastings...

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