Reed Hastings
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United States



Founder / CEO

Hastings has built the most disruptive business Hollywood has ever seen: Netflix racked up more than 150 million paying customers around the globe for its binge-able TV and movie service. Now he’s got a target on his back, as the likes of Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal are entering the race to win streaming customers — and one by one, the media conglomerates are pulling their content off Netflix. Hastings, a software engineer by training, previously founded debugging-tool vendor Pure Software, which he sold in 1997 for $750 million and co-founded a little outfit called Netflix. The company was originally conceived and made its name as a DVD-by-mail service, but as its name suggests, Hastings had already envisioned a future in Internet-delivered entertainment.


  • Facebook
  • Netflix
  • Pure Software


  • Stanford University (CA, USA)
  • Bowdoin College (ME, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' New Book Title, Release Date Announced

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' New Book Title, Release Date Announced

Reed Hastings promises to share the untold story about how Netflix's culture helped it pivot from a DVD-by-mail company to a streaming giant more than a decade ago in a new book due out this spring."No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention," is set to be released May 12, 2020. The 320-page book is being published by Penguin Press and was originally targeted for 2019 release. Hastings, Netflix's chairman, CEO and co-founder, co-wrote the book with business professor...


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