Founded in 2002 and launched in 2003, LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service created by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly and Jean-Luc Vaillant. LinkedIn is intended primarily for professional use and allows users to create profiles and connections in an online social network that can facilitate real-world professional relationships. As of June 2013, the service reported more than 259 million users in more than 200 countries.