Reed's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Gatos, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 5

REED HASTINGS

CEO
Netflix

“When you have an idea for a product or a company and you just can't let go… then it makes sense to do.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Film Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Dedication Determination Self-Reflection Experience Chance

TAGS:

Africa, analytic process, computers, emotional, follow through, general skills, human behavior, idea, Instinct, love, math, mathematics, movies, peace core, peace corps, rational, satisfaction, serendipity, teacher, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

While Reed Hastings was a math major, his college education taught him more than mathematics—he learned a general skill set and was a student of human behavior, culture and success. Following college, Reed spent two years as a high school Peace Corps teacher in Swaziland, Africa. When he returned home at age 24, he decided to get involved in the computer field with very little knowledge of it. He took a job serving coffee in a computer company, which held a teaching lab for all employees. Reed came up with a niche product idea that ended up being a great success and eventually, he helped start a company selling this product. Ten years ago, Reed started Netflix—a booming company that now has nearly seven million subscribers. For Reed, this is a satisfying business, as people love what he's created.

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