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Reed Hastings '83 Profiled on "60 Minutes"

Story posted December 19, 2006

Reed Hastings '83, founder of the online DVD subscription service Netflix, was profiled on the Sunday, December 10, 2006, episode of the CBS program "60 Minutes."

Lesley Stahl interviewed Hastings about launching Netflix in 1997, and the way the company is "revolutionizing the way people watch movies."

Hastings and Stahl toured one of Netflix's 40 distribution centers, each of which processes about 100,000 discs per day. Nationally, Netflix moves 1.5 million discs daily, making the company one of the U.S. Postal Service's top ten customers. Click here to watch a portion of the interview.

Hastings graduated from Bowdoin cum laude with a degree in mathematics. After spending two years in the Peace Corps teaching high school math in Swaziland, he enrolled in Stanford University's master's program in computer science, earning his M.S. degree in 1988.

Hastings was also featured in the Sunday Business Section of the December 17, 2006, New York Times. Click here to read the article (registration required).

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