Netflix CEO Applauds Hedge Fund Manager’s Call, Balls To Short Company, Would Still Appreciate If He’d Refrain From Doing So

Late last week, hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson sent out a detailed analysis of why his fund is short Netflix, which caught the eye of the company’s CEO, Reed Hastings. What’d Hastings think of the call? First off, he agrees you could make money shorting this thing.

“It is possible that one could make money shorting Netflix today,” CEO Reed Hastings, whose movie-rental company has moved to online delivery from DVDs, wrote in a posting on the Seeking Alpha website.

Having said that, and he doesn’t say this as the CEO of Netflix but as a friend and someone who loves kids, Reed would like to caution Tilson to back off before he or anyone else gets hurt.

“But shorting a market-leading firm as it is driving a huge new market is a very gutsy call,” Reed wrote…Hastings called Tilson “a great investor” and noted that they both provide financial support to the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, a nationwide network of charter schools. “I am writing this open letter for him to try to get him to cover his short now,” the CEO wrote. “My desire is to increase his odds of making money next year so he can donate even more.”

Think of the children, Whitney.

Netflix CEO Tells T2’s Tilson to Drop Bearish Bet: Chart of Day [Bloomberg]

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22 Responses to “Netflix CEO Applauds Hedge Fund Manager’s Call, Balls To Short Company, Would Still Appreciate If He’d Refrain From Doing So”

  1. Guest says:

    it’s fucking on, Tilson. don’t say hi to me at the charity ball unless you want your teeth knocked out.


    • Vinr29 says:

      If stock goes up.. reed wins and should donate more… if it falls tilson wins and should donate more.. either way kids win.. :D

  2. Lsjd says:

    bringing underprivileged children into defense of your company is the new killing it?

  3. The GM Buildling says:

    Perhaps Reed can do a presentation at the next Value Investing Congress entitled, “How to Bitch Slap a Short Seller in the Financial Press.”

  4. Pwn3r says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    At least he tried!

  6. T1 Partners says:

    Fact: In less than 2 months, Netflix will account for over 187% of all available Internet bandwidth. And that is without the addition of popular titles such as The Bounty Hunter and Clash of the Titans.

  7. AlHaynesworth says:

    I prefer Hollywood Video. They have the most delicious snacks.

  8. Shia Feva says:

    Wit-ney’s a girrrrl’s name!!

    -Reed [Last ditch effort heckle after the Seeking Alpha letter was only read by 4 people, 1 that was out of college]

  9. Observer55 says:

    Reed joins the SS Haters Hall of Fame; prior inductees are Richard Severin “I will burn the shorts” Fuld Jr. of Lehman Brothers Holdings and Patrick M. “Sith Lord and naked shorts” Byrne of

  10. Ping Jiang says:

    I may suggest a more direct way to deal with short sellers to Reed. But I digress.

    – P. Jiang

  11. Andrew Ross Sorkin says:

    I was planning to break this news in 28 days.

  12. Guest says:

    tilson a great investor? he is ackman’s little bitch, he just copies whatever ackman does