Reid Hoffman

Reid Garrett Hoffman (born August 5, 1967) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, a social network used primarily for business connections and job searching.

Hoffman was born in Stanford, California, the son of Deanna Ruth Rutter and William Parker Hoffman, Jr. and grew up in Berkeley, California. His paternal great-great-great-grandfather was Christian Presbyterian minister and Indiana University president pro tempore Theophilus Adam Wylie. He attended high school at The Putney School, where he farmed maple syrup, drove oxen and studied epistemology. He graduated from Stanford University in 1990 (where he won both a Marshall Scholarship and a Dinkelspiel Award) with a BS in Symbolic Systems and Cognitive Science. He went on to earn an M.A. in philosophy from Wolfson College, Oxford University in 1993.

Hoffman says that in college he formed a conviction that he wanted to try to influence the state of the world on a large scale. He saw academia as an opportunity to make an "impact", but later realized that an entrepreneurial career would provide him with a larger platform. "When I graduated from Stanford my plan was to become a professor and public intellectual. That is not about quoting Kant. It's about holding up a lens to society and asking 'who are we?' and 'who should we be, as individuals and a society?' But I realised academics write books that 50 or 60 people read and I wanted more impact."

Reid Hoffman

Born
Reid Garrett Hoffman, August 5, 1967 (1967-08-05) (age 46), Stanford, California, USA
 
Alma mater
Stanford University, Oxford University
 
Occupation
Entrepreneur and investor
 
Known for
Executive VP of PayPal, Founder of LinkedIn, Partner at Greylock
 
Net worth
4.4 billion USD (September 2013)