Reed's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Gatos, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

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:

Film Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Dedication Determination Self-Reflection Experience Chance Exploration Passion

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He was a math major in college, but he viewed it more as a general skill set-he never wanted to go on to teach math.
  • After college, he joined the Peace Corps and taught at a high school in rural Swaziland.
  • He says that more than anything, his stint in Africa gave him time to grow up and see a new part of the world.
  • When he returned to America, computer programming was just picking up speed, and he decided to jump into the field.
  • He got a job serving coffee in a computer company, and they'd let him take classes in their lab.
  • The first product he came up with was a tool that could debug software; from there, he started his first company.
  • Calls his current job as CEO of Netflix "a complete joy"; he loves that his company's service has the power to bring people happiness.
  • Says that following through on your dream is much like deciding to get married-it's not a rational decision, it's an emotional love.

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