To LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, it's personal
September 18, 2019
September 18, 2019
During a recent "Pivot to the Future" podcast, my co-host will.i.am and I were enlightened by one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley – Reid Hoffman – co-founder of LinkedIn, partner at Greylock, bestselling author, and host of Masters of Scale – as he candidly shared insights on a wide range of topics. We covered career building, selling LinkedIn to Microsoft for $26 billion, and his next big pivot
Reid Hoffman’s career has been full of wise pivots. While earning a master’s degree in philosophy at Oxford University, he revised his vision from becoming a philosophy professor to embarking on a journey where he could help massive amounts of people understand three important things: who we are as individuals, who we are as a society – and reinventing themselves to become what they could be.
They are quite rare, these leaders who can envision the bright futures that people, organizations and societies are capable. These leaders are the ones that don’t get so caught up in the challenges of each day, and of each quarter – enabling them to stay focused on "what’s possible."
Reid has always had a keen eye for infinite opportunities, a talent that has made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. From pioneering ahead-of their-time social networks, helping create PayPal, and founding and then selling LinkedIn to Microsoft for $26 billion, to his current role as a partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, Reid has succeeded by making things "personal." Reid’s perspective is that all businesses play roles in human society, and that we should steer into the positive by shaping society for the better.
There are no two ways about it: Reid is a wonderfully authentic leader who is guided by his heart and he's on a mission to map people to their futures. Here's a glimpse of some of the ground we covered during the podcast:
Indeed, it is always personal … or it should be. Give this eye-opening episode a listen and you’ll think of your role – and your future – differently.
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