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Reid Hoffman

Executive Chairman and Co-founder of LinkedIn Corporation

Reid Hoffman is a co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn and a partner at Greylock. Prior to that, he was the executive vice president at PayPal. He publishes essays related to entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, civics, politics, and philosophical topics on his official website.

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age and The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career are two books co-authored by Hoffman.

Hoffman is a board observer at Airbnb, Gowalla, and Swipely; an advisor to Groupon; and a director at Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Six Apart, Shopkick, and Kiva.org. He is an angel investor in several internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Six Apart, and Zynga.

Hoffman earned a Master's degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor's degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. In 2010 he received an SD Forum Visionary Award and was named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.

Reid Hoffman was born on August 5, 1967, and he lives in San Francisco, United States.