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BirthplaceStanford, CA


Stanford University, BS 1990
Symbolic Systems
University of Oxford, MA 1993
Oxford University, MS 1933
Stanford University, MS

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Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn.

Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects.

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, Hoffman has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth.

Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 160 million members in 200 countries around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising and software licensing. Hoffman led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer,

Prior to LinkedIn Hoffman served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. At PayPal he was responsible for all external relationships, including payments infrastructure, business development, international, government and legal. Reid was instrumental to PayPal’s acquisition by Ebay and responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells Fargo.

Reid is a board observer at Airbnb, Gowalla, and Swipely, an advisor to Groupon and a director at Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Six Apart, Shopkick, and He is an angel investor in numerous influential Internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr,, 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 Reid was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Swipely 5/2013Series B$12M7
Jelly HQ 5/2013Series A9
Kiva 3/2012Angel$1M1
Treehouse 10/2011Seed$600k7
Gobble 5/2011Venture Round$1.2M14
One Kings Lane 2/2011Series B$23M6
LiquidSpace 12/2010Seed$1.3M2
Buysight 9/2010Series A$10M4
Knewton 4/2010Series C$12.5M6
TellApart 4/2010Series A$4.75M6
shopkick 1/2010Series A$2.5M2
One Kings Lane 12/2009Venture Round3
Sofa Labs 9/2009Series A$1.2M11
shopkick 7/2009Series A$2.5M4
Mixer Labs 6/2009Series A6
Britely 6/2009Seed$500k4
VigLink 6/2009Seed$800k8
Knewton 4/2009Series B$6M6 12/2008Angel2
Buysight 11/2008Series A$6.03M5
SweetLabs 9/2008Series A$3.5M6
Knewton 5/2008Series A$2.5M10
Lookery 2/2008Seed$900k21
Flowgram 1/2008Seed$1.3M8
Grouply 1/2008Series A$1.3M4
Zynga 1/2008Series A$10M11
Chirp Interactive 1/2008Seed5
Grouply 1/2008Angel$365k4
Seesmic 11/2007Series A$6M13
Dopplr 9/2007Seed4
Kongregate 8/2007Series B$5M4
Rupture 7/2007Angel$3M6
Jaxtr 7/2007Angel$1.5M4
Powerset 6/2007Series A$12.5M5
Grouply 6/2007Angel$935k3
Funny Or Die 4/2007Series A2
Flixster 2/2007Series A$2M3
Zynga 1/2007Angel1
Ning by Glam Media 1/2007Series A3
Aviary 1/2007Venture Round$4M6
Grockit 1/2007Angel$400k5 11/2006Series A$3.8M2
Friendster 8/2006Series C$10M4
Wikia 3/2006Series A$4M10
RealTravel 11/2005Seed$1M1
Digg 10/2005Series A$2.8M8
Tagged 9/2005Angel$1.5M1
Tiny Pictures 5/2005Seed2
Facebook 5/2005Series A$12.7M3
Facebook 9/2004Angel$500k2
Flickr 6/2004Venture Round2
Wikia 1/2004Angel2
Socialtext 1/2004Angel$300k2
Naseeb Networks 12/2003Angel2
Friendster 10/2003Series B$13M4
Advent Solar 1/2003Angel3
Friendster 12/2002Series A$2.4M3
Technorati 9/2002Series A$4.58M1
IronPort Systems 6/2002Series B$16.5M7



TechCrunch Interview With Reid Hoffman, January 2009

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  1. Swipely Raises $12M To Plug Marketing Tools Into Retail Payment Systems ( [edit]
  2. Jelly, Biz Stone’s Startup, Raises a Round (With a Little Help From Friends) ( [edit]
  3. LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Gives Kiva $1 Million To “Empower Everyone” ( [edit]
  4. Web Design Community Treehouse Raises $600K From Reid Hoffman, Kevin Rose, And Others ( [edit]
  5. Marketplace For Home-Cooked Food Gobble Raises $1.2M From Founder Collective, Greylock And Other Angels ( [edit]
  6. One Kings Lane Grows 500% In 2010, Takes $23 Million Investment ( [edit]
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  15. Looks Like Twitter Paid Mixer Labs $5.17M in Stock ( [edit]
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  17. VigLink Raises $800K To Take Hassle Out Of Affiliate Programs ( [edit]
  18. Knewton Bags $6 Million Series B Round For Adaptive Learning Platform ( [edit]
  19. Secures Angel Funding From Joi Ito And Reid Hoffman ( [edit]
  20. Site Promotion's Permuto Raises A $6M First Round ( [edit]
  21. OpenCandy Downloads $3.5 Million From Bessemer Venture Partners and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures ( [edit]
  22. Knewton Raises $2.5 Million ( [edit]
  23. Reed Hundt Invests in Facebook Ad-Platform Lookery ( [edit]
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