It’s not every day I receive an email from a CEO. I used to get messages from Roger Goodell updating me on the progress (or lack-there-of) of the NFL labor talks. Before Roger was texting me on the reg, the last “contact” I had with any CEO’s was when I randomly crashed into this article: The Sexiest CEOs Alive. The only face I find sexy on that list is Greg Norman. The man is a shark.
The CEO that emailed me today didn’t make the list. The way he has recently run his company (into the ground?) has actually been the opposite of sexy. He’s turning a lot of people off.
Can you guess who?
The email was from Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix. For a split second I thought he was writing me directly because of the informal nature of it.
He began, “I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation.” You can read the full message here.
If you’re too busy to read yourself, he announces that Netflix is actually dividing into 2 companies. Its DVD mailing will operate under the name Qwikster while Netflix will continue to stream. (I would’ve preferred “The Stream Team” or “I Streamed a Stream”).
I wasn’t as upset as those that commented on the blog post (some actually funny). Sidenote: Go to any Rap video on youtube and try to comprehend what’s being said in the comments.
In a day where most companies are acquiring other companies, I found it odd that this one was splitting in half. (In other news: there will be four mega-conferences coming soon in college sports). A big welcome to Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
Who knew that SNAFU was actually a dirty acronym?