Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix Inc.
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By Anne VanderMey
December 23, 2015

The staff of Fortune recently assembled the best business moments of 2015. Here’s one of our picks.

Remember Qwikster? Netflix’s (nflx) 2011 attempt to ditch its rental-by-mail business and focus on streaming? Neither does anyone else. At the time, the move ignited mass outrage and prompted many to wonder if the company could survive. Four years later, streaming is ascendant, and so is Netflix. Its shows like “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Master of None” have won critical acclaim, and its stock more than doubled in 2015 (so far).

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Amazon, too, was up more than 100%, amid allegations of a grueling work environment at the e-commerce giant. Also big winners: budget airline JetBlue (jblu) and financial services company INTL FCStone.

This article is part of Fortune’s Best in Business 2015 package of highlights and lowlights of the year in business, politics and the economy by the writers and editors of Fortune. To see the entire package, click here.

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