Reed Hastings quotes

Why should I know Reed Hastings?

Reed Hastings is the chill CEO of Netflix.

Reed Hastings quotes

“Be brutally honest about the short term and optimistic and confident about the long term.”

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“Broadcast TV is like the landline of 20 years ago.”

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“Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.”

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“Comparing Apple to Netflix is like comparing apples to oranges, especially if the oranges made so many mistakes that people stopped eating oranges and just went back to Blockbuster.”

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“Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high.”

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“I don't know of any Internet service that opens on a regional basis.”

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“I got the idea for Netflix after my company was acquired. I had a big late fee for Apollo 13. It was six weeks late and I owed the video store $40. I had misplaced the cassette. It was all my fault.”

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“I learned the value of focus. I learned it is better to do one product well than two products in a mediocre way.”

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“I'm on the Facebook board now. Little did they know that I thought Facebook was really stupid when I first heard about it back in 2005.”

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“I've worked very hard, but my life's always been fun.”

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“If the Starbucks secret is a smile when you get your latte... ours is that the Web site adapts to the individual's taste.”

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“Most entrepreneurial ideas will sound crazy, stupid and uneconomic, and then they’ll turn out to be right.”

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“Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age. We define entire epics of humanity by the technology they use.”

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“Taking smart risks can be very gratifying.”

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“The best managers figure out how to get great outcomes by setting the appropriate context, rather than by trying to control their people.”

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“Truly brilliant marketing happens when you take something most people think of as a weakness and reposition it so people think of it as a strength.”

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“When there’s an ache, you want to be like aspirin, not vitamins. Aspirin solves a very particular problem someone has, whereas vitamins are a general ‘nice to have’ market.”

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