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Help Me Interview Reid Hoffman, Founder, LinkedIn (And Win Free Tix to Web 2)

By - October 12, 2011

hoffman.jpegOur final interview at Web 2 is Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and legendary Valley investor. Hoffman is now at Greylock Partners, but his investment roots go way back. A founding board member of PayPal, Hoffman has invested in Facebook, Flickr, Ning, Zynga, and many more.

As he wears (at least) two hats, I’ll be asking Reid to not only discuss LinkedIn’s business and industry (think jobs), but also ask him to ponder the culture of our industry, and the current economic and investment client.

Given Hoffman is my final interview at Web 2 this year, this post is your final chance to give me input before we get rolling next week. I appreciate all the comments so far (more than 100!).

As an extra incentive, I’ll be picking the best three questions from these series of posts. The authors of those questions will get complimentary passes to Web 2 – a more than $4000 value. So get to commenting, and thank you!

Previously: Mark Pincus, John Donahoe, Marc Benioff, Dick Costolo, Michael Dell, Mary Meeker, Michael Roth, Steve Ballmer, James Gleick, Vic Gundotra, Ross Levinsohn, the Quora founders.

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  • http://tarathetiger.com Tara Tiger Brown

    Reid is a big gamer. What does he think of the gamification being used for engagement and a reward system for participating with brands? Does he think businesses should adopt this method as part of their strategy?

  • http://www.semilshah.com Semil Shah
  • http://www.mercury11.com Chance

    Question for Mr. Hoffman:

    What role does the common ground between startups and corporations play in improving our economy and increasing the number of jobs available in the US?

  • http://www.hornallanderson.com Angela Gamba

    What is more important and why… Passion or talent?

  • Vic Kley

    How is it that inherent nature of a software idea like linked-in (actually not the first instance), and facebook both inherently susceptible to competing apps on same or new platforms are so attractive to VCs.

    On the other hand truly compelling or critical hardware ideas are being actively ignored by the investment community.

    The end of Moore’s Law hardware improvements will be a major blow to any long term growth and improvements of the apps that depend on the hardware.

  • http://www.novegume.si/ Gume

    Where did he get the idea of the company name, LinkedIn. Sublime!

  • Joesandie123

    articles of interest to read …:) and please visit Universitas Islam Indonesia

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  • Abbie Lee

    Hoffman is a great angel investor. Those who don’t know of his success can read about it here http://interviewsummary.com/2013/05/21/reid-hoffman-of-linkedin/.UaTC6kDVDoM . It summarizes his success and you’ll understand him and how LinkedIn came to be