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.
Last week, Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes, was publicly slammed by the media elite for his decision to hire Gabriel Snyder, formerly of Gawker and the Atlantic Wire, to replace Franklin Foer as editor of the 100-year-old magazine The New Republic.
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.
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.
Reid Hoffman is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He’s the founder of Linkedin, the largest professional social network worth around $28 billion, and a partner at the VC firm Greylock Partners.
Who does someone who's already incredibly successful call when they want to dream up new, successful ideas? Billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman has three go-to people he calls when he wants to be inspired: Tesla founder Elon Musk, former PayPal CTO Max Levchin, and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel.