Born in 1967, Reid Hoffman is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. He is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, a social network intended for forging business connections and job searching.
Hoffman worked at Apple and Fukitsu as a junior product manager before founding his first company, SocialNet.com in 1997. Hoffman was also a member of the board of directors at the founding of PayPal, an electronic money transmission service. He left SocialNet for PayPal in 2000 as the company’s COO.
In 2002, Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, which launched in 2003 as one of the first business-oriented online social networks. As of November 2012, Linked had more than 187 million registered users in 200 countries and territories. Hoffman served as LinkedIn’s founding CEO for four years before becoming chairman and president.
After the sale of PayPal to eBay, Hoffman became one of Silicon Valley’s most successful angel investors, investing in Facebook, Zynga, Flickr, Wikia, SixApart, Tagged, Digg, Nanosolar, and others. Hoffman holds a B.S. in symbolic systems and cognitive science from Stanford University and an M.A. in philosophy from Oxford University.