Reid Hoffman’s Social Connection

Posted on December 12, 2011


Before Mark Zuckerberg started high school, Reid Hoffman was already a known figure in the social-media movement. He founded his first social site named SocialNet more than a few years before anyone had even heard of Facebook, and has been a part of the success of over 144 tech start-ups by being an angel investor.

With his foray into the world of social media and investing, Hoffman is dubbed the “most connected person in Silicon Valley.” Some of the recipients of his angel investments include Flickr, Groupon, Zynga, and yes, even Facebook. But of all his ventures, LinkedIn is the most popular and successful. The business-related social networking site boasts a  a total membership of 100 million members in about 200 countries. Hoffman started this venture in 2002, built with money he made out of PayPal – which he also helped create.

In addition to being LinkedIn’s CEO, Hoffman also admits he is a “CrackBerry” addict with quite an extensive collection of gadgets:  five smartphones, two Macs, an iPad, an Adroid Tablet and a personal computer. It takes all these gadgets to help him organize his busy life as an entrepreneur and angel investor. Men of his status rarely go on vacations, and that’s fine for him – as long as he gets his weekends off to talk to young entrepreneurs about the “next big thing.”

For all his expertise, money and willingness to help, the king of connections is tech’s go-to guy.  He is the man most aspiring entrepreneurs dream of becoming, but few can ever match. True to his business, Hoffman is sincerely a linked-in guy.

Reid Hoffman. Image via Robert Scoble

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