Reid Hoffman is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He co-founded LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking service, and was an executive at PayPal, an online payment company. Hoffman is also a partner at Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm. In addition, he is a board member or advisor to several technology companies and is the host of the podcast "Masters of Scale."
Reid Hoffman is also an author; he has written two books, The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career and Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies. In "The Startup of You," Hoffman writes about how to create a career and life adaptable to change and position oneself to take advantage of new opportunities.
In "Blitzscaling," Hoffman shares his experiences as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist and provides insights on how to scale a business quickly while maintaining a solid company culture and sustainable growth. Both books have been well-received by critics and praised for giving practical advice for entrepreneurs and career-minded individuals.
Reid Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn in 2002 and served as its Executive Chairman until Microsoft acquired the company in 2016. Under Hoffman's leadership, LinkedIn became one of the most popular social media platforms for professionals, with over 700 million members as of 2021.
He was also instrumental in the company's initial public offering (IPO) in 2011 and its growth and expansion in the following years. He has also been recognized for his role in developing LinkedIn as a pioneer in social networking for professionals and for his contributions to the technology industry as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.