Reid Hoffman

  • Reid Hoffman: "Good Internet Companies Never Ambush Their Users"

    Reid Hoffman: "Good Internet Companies Never Ambush Their Users"

    Today at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman took the stage for a chat with NetworkEffect’s Liz Gannes. The main point of the discussion was Hoffman’s belief that “Web 3.0″ is data. More specifically, the platform part of data. But that’s old news, Hoffman gave that talk at SXSW a few weeks ago. More interesting were his thoughts on… Read More

  • Tech Industry Giants on IPad's Contribution

    Zuckerberg, Doerr and More on How the iPad Has Changed Everything (TCTV)

    Paul Carr and my jokes aside, the Crunchies is pretty much an unabashed love-fest. We even get along with our arch-competitors GigaOm and VentureBeat long enough to co-host the event. But our annual love for Apple remains mostly unrequited. We shower them with awards and praise, and they don’t even send so much as an intern to accept their monkey statues. In the past, we’ve filled… Read More

  • ViKi Raises $4.3 Million from VC All-Stars to Translate the World's Video

    ViKi Raises $4.3 Million from VC All-Stars to Translate the World's Video

    First it was distribution. Then it was monetization. The next generation of Web entrepreneurs’ make-or-break challenge will be localization and a big part of that is language. The Web is so powerful today and the valuations are so high, because it is a billion-person-audience and growing. But more of them speak Chinese than English, and critical masses are developing around Spanish… Read More

  • Will the Real "eBay of Social" Please Stand Up? (TCTV)

    Will the Real "eBay of Social" Please Stand Up? (TCTV)

    In the venture business being ahead of your time can be almost as bad as being late to a market. But the other great thing about the venture business is there are exceptions to every rule. Craig Donato is hoping that Oodle is the exception to that one. He’s spent more than ten years building a social classified company, powering the marketplaces for Oodle.com, MySpace and Facebook… Read More

  • Reid Hoffman on Social Networks and Micropayments

    Reid Hoffman Bristles Being Called a VC, Answers Reader Questions Anyway [TCTV]

    Reid Hoffman was my guest on Ask a VC this week, although he still considers himself more of an entrepreneur than a VC and did the call from LinkedIn, not Greylock. Oh well at least the question asking and answering was as advertised. Among the questions he answered were who Facebook’s biggest competitive threat would be, why Google has failed in two attempts to build a social platform… Read More

  • I Got a Pony! I Mean, Reid Hoffman Is My Guest on Ask a VC this Week

    I Got a Pony! I Mean, Reid Hoffman Is My Guest on Ask a VC this Week

    File this under “ask and ye shall receive part two.” Reid Hoffman– uber angel turned Greylock partner– will be my guest on Ask a VC this week. There are plenty of things to ask Hoffman about. He was an angel investor in some of the most pivotal Web 2.0 companies, including Friendster, Facebook, Six Apart, Digg, Zynga and LinkedIn, which he co-founded. Hoffman was… Read More

  • David Sze: Not Investing In Twitter Was The Mistake On Our Wall Of Shame

    David Sze: Not Investing In Twitter Was The Mistake On Our Wall Of Shame

    Today, during our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Mike Arrington and Erick Schonfeld sat down with LinkedIn founder (and investor) Reid Hoffman and Greylock’s David Sze to talk a bit about investing. The big news was that Greylock was giving Hoffman a new $20 million seed fund. But the duo had some other interesting things to say. When Mike asked how both Sze and… Read More

  • Michael Moritz And Reid Hoffman To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    Michael Moritz And Reid Hoffman To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    The last few weeks have been insane here at TechCrunch as we put the finishing touches on our next Disrupt conference, which begins September 27 in San Francisco. We’ve gone through more than 500 applicants to select the best two dozen to launch in our Startup Battlefield. Only one of them will win the coveted Disrupt Cup. The main event will be preceded by an awesome Hacakthon (sign… Read More

  • Reid Hoffman on LinkedIn IPO

    Keen on… with Reid Hoffman: "You Need to be a Leader in Society" (TCTV)

    If there is a father of social media in Silicon Valley, it may be Reid Hoffman, the Stanford and Oxford educated entrepreneur best known for co-founding LinkedIn in December 2002. Hoffman, currently the executive chairman of LinkedIn and a partner in the venture firm of Greylock Partners, saw the future before almost anyone else. Grasping the Internet’s shift from a platform for data to… Read More

  • Sean Parker: The Next Social Movement Is All About Live And Chatroulette Is There [Video]

    Sean Parker: The Next Social Movement Is All About Live And Chatroulette Is There [Video]

    Today at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA host David Kirkpatrick sat down with Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker to talk about what comes after the social revolution. Both Parker and Hoffman made it clear that they don’t think social is going anywhere anytime soon. So Kirkpatrick asked what the most interesting social opportunity is that Facebook isn’t directly involved… Read More

  • Sean Parker: Facebook Will Still Be The Vital Network 10 Years From Now

    Sean Parker: Facebook Will Still Be The Vital Network 10 Years From Now

    Today at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA host David Kirkpatrick sat down with Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker to talk about what follows social media. Specifically, Kirkpatrick asked the two what follows the social networks like Facebook? Parker was quick to answer. “If I had an answer to that, I’d probably already be working on it,” he half-joked. But he elaborated… Read More

  • Why VCs Should Take Their Own Advice

    Why VCs Should Take Their Own Advice

    The way venture capital firms are structured makes it almost impossible for outsiders to see what’s really going on inside those 1970s lodge-like Sand Hill Road offices. It’s an industry perfectly structured for sweeping problems under the rug, and as its fundamentals have declined over the last decade, that’s just what it’s been doing. But those big, lumpy problems… Read More

  • One Kings Lane Raises Funding From KPCB, First Round And Reid Hoffman

    One Kings Lane Raises Funding From KPCB, First Round And Reid Hoffman

    One Kings Lane, an e-commerce startup that operates a private sales website dedicated to home furnishings, decor, and related products, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with First Round Capital and angel investor Reid Hoffman participating. One Kings Lane was started by Susan Feldman and Alison Gelb Pincus, who took notice of… Read More

  • Memo to Start-ups: You’re Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?

    Memo to Start-ups: You’re Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?

    I did interviews with most of the TechCrunch50 experts backstage and there was a common gripe about the companies launching there: Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not enough trying to change the world. There were too many people building safe businesses, too many companies just trying to make existing things slightly better, and too many people wanting to be the… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Reid Hoffman on a LinkedIn IPO and What Startups May Beat Him Out

    TC50 Backstage: Reid Hoffman on a LinkedIn IPO and What Startups May Beat Him Out

    Here’s the thing I love about Reid Hoffman. There’s no “We-don’t-comment-on-rumors-and-speculation” BS with him. You ask him a question and he gives you an answer. So you don’t need a bunch of words from me, just go to the jump and watch our final backstage interview of the conference where Hoffman talks about whether LinkedIn will buy Xing and whether… Read More

  • Shutterfly Buys Tiny Pictures For A Tiny Price

    Shutterfly Buys Tiny Pictures For A Tiny Price

    After raising a total of $11.2 million since its founding in 2005, Tiny Pictures sold to Shutterfly on Friday for $1.3 million in cash and another $1.3 million in restricted stock to employees, which has some performance triggers. If you back out the earnout, investors only got back about a tenth of what they put in. Those investors include Mohr Davidow, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and angel… Read More

  • Knewton Bags $6 Million Series B Round For Adaptive Learning Platform

    Knewton Bags $6 Million Series B Round For Adaptive Learning Platform

    Online educational startup Knewton has raised $6 million in Series B financing from Bessemer Venture Partners and returning investors, which include VC firms Accel Partners and First Round Capital as well as several angel investors who had participated in the $2.5 million Series A round from May 2008, such as LinkedIn founder and CEO Reid Hoffman and Zenbe co-founder Peter Stern. The company… Read More

  • Reid Hoffman Tells Charlie Rose: "Every Individual Is Now An Entrepreneur."

    Reid Hoffman is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. He worked at Paypal, founded LinkedIn, and invested in dozens more. Last night, he appeared on Charlie Rose, where he talks about the rise of social networking in general, and LinkedIn’s success in particular (it is adding one million professionals every 17 days and is emerging as a “low cost provider of really good hiring… Read More

  • Stimulus 2.0: It’s The Startups, Stupid.

    Stimulus 2.0: It’s The Startups, Stupid.

    Editor’s note: The guest post below was written by Reid Hoffman, CEO and Founder of LinkedIn. Reid has some strong opinions about how startups can help right the economy, and he offers some suggestions below. (You can also catch him tonight on Charlie Rose, or check out our interview we did with him at Davos). Reid is an investor in over 60 web ventures including Digg, Facebook… Read More