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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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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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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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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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Regulators pave way for Internet "fast lane" with net neutrality rules

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has called for the FCC to implement "stronger" net neutrality rules that would also cover connections between networks...

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If a Bubble Bursts in Palo Alto, Does It Make a Sound?

For instance, Netflix’s chief executive, Reed Hastings, recently said he sensed some “euphoria” driving the firm’s stock price. “We have a sense of momentum, investors driving the stock price more than we might normally,” Hastings said. “There’s not a lot we can do about it.” But ...

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 ...

U.S. Senator Al Franken tells Netflix CEO to oppose Comcast-TWC deal

This week, he sent a strongly worded letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, urging the movie-streaming service to oppose the deal, The International Business Times reports. “My concern is that Comcast will be able to use its clout in the broadband distribution market to obtain an ...

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I, for One, Welcome Our New Robot Underlings

Smarter people than I have abandoned all hope of AI emerging in their lifetimes — such as Reed Hastings, who used to be an AI researcher before he gave up in frustration at the glacial progress of the field and founded Netflix instead, a rather more pernicious form of AI that has the ...

Comcast pushes back on Netflix; touts benefits of TW Cable deal

Another critic of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable combination, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) last week wrote Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings encouraging him to express any concerns about the sale. "Netflix is free to express its opinions. But they should be factually based," Comcast ...

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Cannes lineup unveiled. Warner Bros. taps Dee Dee Myers.

In a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Franken wrote, "as a popular provider of Internet content that competes directly with Comcast, Netflix is uniquely positioned to gauge the risks posed by this deal. I therefore write to invite you or your designee to share Netflix's views. " ...

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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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Amazon Fire TV's voice search is one of its best features...

That's about to change—last week it got support for Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime, and later this year Fire TV is going to work with Netflix, says CEO Reed Hastings...

Secretary Of Commerce Penny Pritzker To Keynote 2014 ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, April 21-2...

... this year's event are former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush; NBA legend and global social entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson; Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton III, former Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham, and Netflix co-founder and CEO, investor and philanthropist Reed Hastings...

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