Stan Druckenmiller ’75 and Reed Hastings ’83 Share Insights at ‘New York Times’ DealBook Conference — And ‘Late Show’

Stan Druckenmiller '75 (left) and Reed Hastings '83

Stan Druckenmiller ’75 (left) and Reed Hastings ’83

Investor and philanthropist Stan Druckenmiller ’75 and Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83 were among the leading thinkers and visionaries invited to participate in DealBook, a conference hosted by Andrew Ross Sorkin and the editors of The New York Times. 

The Times has highlights from their talks; read “Stanley Druckenmiller Offers a Bearish Warning” and “Netflix’s Reed Hastings Sees Need for More Content.”

Hastings was then a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; interview begins at 28:30.

Netfilx co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings '83 on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Netfilx co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Click image to watch; Hastings interview begins at 28:30. (Image: CBS)

Luxury Shoe Designer Ruthie Davis ’84 Talks Design and Entrepreneurship (WCSH)

Ruthie Davis TV comp

High fashion shoe designer Ruthie Davis ’84 was on campus last month to participate in the Inaugural Symposium “The Power of the Liberal Arts, during which she spoke of entrepreneurship and the path that took her from producing watercolor paintings of L.L. Bean boots and boat shoes in an art class at Bowdoin to the high end of the luxury shoe world.

“It comes back to Bowdoin,” she told the WCSH newsmagazine 207. “They taught us to think big. They taught us to analyze, to dream; create something new.” 

Davis, who has outfitted the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Zendaya, is quick to point out that designing is only part of the work she does. “I love the marketing, the branding, the sales, the merchandising,” she says. “I like entrepreneurship.” Watch the 207 segment.

Getting the Boot: A Visit to Brunswick’s L.L. Bean Factory (The Atlantic)

Bean Boot

It’s not just a Maine thing: L.L. Bean boots have become a signature outdoors aesthetic for any fashion-conscious consumer.

Bourree Lam from The Atlantic visits L.L. Bean’s factory in Brunswick to understand how The Bean Boot is handmade — and why duck boots keep selling out, bringing on an epidemic of what’s been called “Bean Boot heartbreak.” Read the article here.

Jes Staley ’79, P’11 Named Barclays CEO (New York Times)

Jes Staley '79

Jes Staley ’79, P’11

British bank Barclays has appointed former J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. banker James “Jes” Staley ’79, P’11 its new chief executive.

Staley was most recently managing partner at the hedge fund BlueMountain Capital and chaired Bowdoin’s Presidential Search Committee. The New York Times has more on the Barclays announcement.