Reid Hoffman is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. He is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, which launched in 2003 as one of the first business-oriented online social networks. Hoffman served as LinkedIn’s CEO for four years before becoming chairman and president.
Hoffman worked at Apple and Fukitsu before founding his first company, SocialNet.com in 1997. Hoffman also was a member of the board of directors at the founding of PayPal. He left SocialNet.com for PayPal in 2000 as the company’s COO.