5/17/13: Stories and Strategies from Real Life

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Some of the best learning happens when you read stories real people and real companies. Read them for ideas, for lessons, and inspiration. This week's stories and strategies from real life are about Warby Parker and Reed Hastings

From Wharton: What Eyeware Startup Warby Parker Sees That Others Don't
"Shortly after Neil Blumenthal launched Warby Parker, the e-commerce eyeware startup known for its $95 retro-cool frames, customers emailed asking if they could "stop by" the company's Philadelphia headquarters and check out the glasses for themselves. There was just one problem: Warby Parker -- the brainchild of Blumenthal and three Wharton classmates, Andrew Hunt, Jeffrey Raider and David Gilboa -- didn't have a showroom. So they improvised."

From Business Week: Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite
"On a normal weeknight, Netflix (NFLX) accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That’s more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com (AMZN), HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined. Traffic to Netflix usually peaks at around 10 p.m. in each time zone, at which point a chart of Internet consumption looks like a python that swallowed a cow. By midnight Pacific time, streaming volume falls off dramatically"

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