Reed Hastings’ New Book And Interviews

Whitney Tilson’s email to investors discussing Reed Hastings’ new book and interviews; Winning championships by having only stars on your team; Hastings Deems Remote Work ‘a Pure Negative’; Silicon Valley’s Culture Clash; Doug Kass: What Does Etsy Tell You About Tesla?; Insider trading at Tesla?

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Reed Hastings' New Book And Interviews

1) Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings and business school professor Erin Meyer released their new book yesterday, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. I'm really enjoying listening to it on Audible and I'm almost finished (it's nine hours and 43 minutes, but at my usual 2.75x speed it's only three and a half hours!).

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I've had the pleasure of meeting Hastings a few times. He's on the national board of KIPP charter schools and I'm on the New York board. He's a stellar human being – like my parents, a former Peace Corps volunteer – and an extraordinary business leader.

Concurrent with the book's release, Hastings is doing many interviews about it. My favorite is this in-depth one with New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd: Reed Hastings Had Us All Staying Home Before We Had To.

Hastings Deems Remote Work 'a Pure Negative'

2) Here's an interview Hastings did with the Wall Street Journal: Netflix's Reed Hastings Deems Remote Work 'a Pure Negative'

3) And here's some interesting commentary by Columbia Business School Professor Jonathan Knee about Netflix, Hastings, and his book: Silicon Valley's Culture Clash.

Doug Kass: What Does Etsy Tell You About Tesla?; Insider trading at Tesla?

4) My friend Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners has some interesting comments on Tesla (TSLA), whose stock had its worst day ever yesterday – falling 21%. First, this essay:

What Does Etsy Tell You About Tesla?

Etsy (ETSY) has about 1,250 employees and $1 billion in sales.

And this is now an S&P 500 company?

...........

In summary:

    • Feckless S&P committee that could care less about anything (price, valuation, fundamentals) not only deemed TSLA unworthy, they deemed TSLA so unworthy that ETSY, a tchotchke broker with 1,250 employees got in ahead of them.
    • No institutional demand at these prices and potentially no underwriters willing to put their name on an offering document here.

Second, Kass raised questions on Twitter about whether Tesla engaged in insider trading when it sold $5 billion in stock on Friday when it presumably knew it wasn't going to be added to the S&P 500 Index (and thus the stock was likely to tank):

Tesla

Tesla

Best regards,

Whitney