Reid Hoffman is not only the billionaire cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn, he's one of Silicon Valley's top angel investors and sits on the board of several companies, including Kiva and Mozilla. He's also the co-author of two business books and renowned as one of the savviest business minds in the tech industry.
LinkedIn executive chairman and co-founder Reid Hoffman is one of the most successful people in tech. He's also one of the hardest working. In addition to his role at LinkedIn, he's a partner with Greylock Ventures, sits on countless boards (including Mozilla), and is an active angel investor in dozens more companies. A few of his most famous investments include Airbnb, Coupons.com, Facebook, Zynga.
Business InsiderWay back before Reid Hoffman became the wealthy cofounder of LinkedIn, a venture investor extraordinaire and author of many books, he studied philosophy at Oxford.
He was about to go for his PhD when he had an aha moment.
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This week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, we caught up with Reid Hoffman, the billionaire venture capitalist and co-founder of LinkedIn, a $28 billion public company. For the past couple years, Hoffman has been on a quest to teach the workers of the world that they need to think about their careers differently. "The notion of a career ladder is broken," says Hoffman.
After getting a master's degree in philosophy from Oxford in 1993, Reid Hoffman was ready to enter the world of academia. But a job at Apple started a career in tech that eventually led him to cofound LinkedIn in 2002.