Innovators: Great tech innovators: Reed Hastings

by Patrick Goss on May 26, 2015

Innovators: Great tech innovators: Reed Hastings

  • Age: 54
  • Company: Netflix
  • Best known for: Netflix, media streaming
  • Quote: "Most entrepreneurial ideas will sound crazy, stupid and uneconomic, and then they’ll turn out to be right."

From a company that posted you DVDs, Netflix has become a media giant producing some of the finest television on the planet, and a real trailblazer in changing how we consume our television. CEO Reed Hastings has been a key part in this.

With the admiral stand of putting Netflix on every available platform, putting the user’s needs above any rivalry, Hastings has made Netflix a powerful figure in the transformation of television.

A director of Facebook on top of his day job, Hastings’ managerial ideas have also been influential in the tech sector – with a focus on rewarding excellence with high wages and high severance packages to those deemed not up to speed at the company.

But it is in our changing TV consumption habits where Hastings is perhaps at his most innovative. Paying for exclusive TV content seemed high risk until the likes of Orange is the New Black, Better Call Saul and Daredevil became critical darlings and a primary reason to subscribe.

‘Content is king’ is a famous mantra, but Hastings – as much as anyone – made it clear that actually content may be king, but accessibility is the ace in the hole, and it is difficult to see a future path for our entertainment that doesn’t include – in some form – the Netflix model.

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Jony Ive anointed Apple’s first ever Chief Design Officer

by Stephen Lambrechts on May 26, 2015

Jony Ive anointed Apple's first ever Chief Design Officer

There’s no question that Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design and great tech innovator Jonathan Ive has become the company’s chief visionary since Steve Jobs’ passing, bringing the Apple Watch into existence and turning Mac OS X and iOS and the beautiful user experiences they are today.

Now, a promotion has recognised his immense design contribution, with Apple anointing Sir Jony Ive its first ever Chief Design Officer.

Ive revealed the news to Stephen Fry in an interview with The Telegraph.

Conceptually actually remarkable

The new role gives Ive the opportunity to focus more prominently on design, freeing him up from the administrative and management work that has taken up a lot of his time in the past.

Alan Dye will be put in charge of user interfaces, while Richard Howarth will be heading up industrial design, with Ive overseeing both.

According to a memo from Tim Cook, Ive will be handing off managerial duties to Dye and Howarth on July 1st.

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