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No Rules Rules

No Rules Rules

by Reed Hastings

Netflix In 2000

In 2000, Netflix co-founders Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph tried to sell their company to Blockbuster for $50 million.

“Of course, [Blockbuster] wasn’t interested. What did we possibly have to offer that they couldn’t do more effectively themselves?”

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Netflix Was A Game changer

But as the world changed, it became clear that Netflix did have something different.

In 2010, Blockbuster declared bankruptcy — they’d been unable to transition from DVD rentals to streaming.

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By 2019, Netflix had over 167 million subscribers in 190 countries and its original film Roma won three Oscars. Why did it, and not Blockbuster, succeed?

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Netflix Work Culture

NETFLIX’S CULTURE PROMOTES FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY AND HELPS EMPLOYEES INNOVATE AND ADAPT

Netflix has what Hastings calls a “no rules rules” culture. They value “innovation over efficiency” and “people over process.”

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Freedom To Explore

This means employees are given free rein to pursue new ideas that they see as in the best interest of the company. 

This flexibility leads to new discoveries and allows Netflix to consistently reinvent itself in a rapidly changing world. 

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Netflix Culture Of Freedom

It’s important to note that Netflix’s culture of freedom is made up of three elements:

  • building up talent density,
  • increasing candor, and
  • reducing controls.

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Talented people make one another more effective.

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Consistent feedback helps turn good employees into great ones.

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Highly successful and creative people can innovate better with more freedom.

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