LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Netflix just got its highest consumer satisfaction rating in three years and this is for a company that skeptics predicted would go under years ago.
He is the man who started it all, Netflix CEO and Cofounder Reed Hastings. But Hastings hasn't always been a successful tech entrepreneur.
He did a stint in the Peace Corps.
"I was in Swaziland teaching high school math. And I loved it." Hastings said.
At age 30, he started his first company, Pure Software, which made a debugging tool. He sold that for $750 million and Hastings left a rich man.
Then an overdue movie from Blockbuster gave him a brilliant idea. "It was a $40 late fee. There's clearly got to be a better way," Hastings said.
In 1997 he founded Netflix, a DVD by mail company. The little red envelopes would eventually contribute to Blockbuster's downfall.
And in a move that changed how we watch television Netflix began offering on-demand streaming.
But Hasting's journey isn't without missteps. In 2011, Netflix announced price hikes, and plans to spin off its DVD business.
That caused a flood of cancellations and sent the stock price tumbling. But Hastings backtracked and apologized to customers. Now Netflix stock is at an all-time high. The company has $44 million subscribers and counting.
A lot of that growth is thanks to the popularity of its original series with a huge chunk of subscribers binge-watching House of Cards Season Two.
And the company's fearless leader is getting rewarded with a 50 percent bump in 2014. He earned a $3 million salary, plus $3 million in stock.
"Its wanting to push the edge, to create something people are proud of and that they enjoy," explained Hastings.
He's a board member at Facebook and a huge education advocate, serving for a time as president of the California State Board of Education.
He's donated millions to help charter schools, to reform schools, and to push education technology.
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