TimeWarner CEO Jeff Bewkes haughty dismissal of Netflix is still reverberating through the tech world, dominating Holiday party chatter and jokes around the metaphorical water cooler. (At least the nerdy parties I go to.)
This would be Netflix, the company that already makes up 20% of peak Internet broadband. Netflix, the company that helped kill Blockbuster and the DVD purchase market. Netflix, the company that shrugged when Hollywood refused to cut them deals, bought DVDs wholesale and still won. Netflix the company led by Fortune’s top businessperson of the year Reed Hastings.
Techies I’ve spoken with aren’t so much offended as much as they are confused. Really, Bewkes, you think Netflix is done? Is it April Fool’s Day already?
Joining me to discuss why Netflix pulled off the seemingly impossible — building a subscription digital media company the world increasingly can’t live without — and why it will continue to is David Pakman of Venrock who has been around the digital music block and has a few words for Mr. Bewkes. Video below.