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Reid Hoffman’s Big Dreams for LinkedIn - The New Yorker

Reid Hoffman’s Big Dreams for LinkedIn - The New Yorker | Maximizing Business Value |
Reid Hoffman believes that LinkedIn will determine everyone’s economic future. Is he right? Nicholas Lemann investigates.

Early on a Monday evening in June, Reid Hoffman, the founder and executive chairman of the business-oriented networking site LinkedIn, met Mark Pincus, the founder and chief executive of the gaming site Zynga, for dinner at a casual restaurant in Portola Valley, California, a wealthy residential town at the western edge of Silicon Valley. Breakfasts and dinners are a big part of Hoffman’s life. He recently published two books on how to be successful in business, and is finishing a third, whose working title is “Blitzscaling.” His business is based on the idea of managing your career through relentless networking, which is something he enjoys.

If someone told you that Hoffman was the equipment manager for a Pearl Jam tour, it wouldn’t seem like a casting error. He is a big, broad-faced man with tousled brown hair, who typically dresses for work in black shorts, a black T-shirt, running shoes, and white socks. He befriended Pincus about twenty years ago, when the two met in the Bay Area to discuss business ideas, and discovered that they both believed that social media would be the next big thing in Silicon Valley. At dinner, Hoffman was wearing two watches, one on each wrist—an Apple Watch and a competing product—so he could see which one he liked better. He bustled in a few minutes late, sat down, and pulled out a small notebook filled with an indecipherable scrawl.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 7, 2015 10:24 AM

What kind of influence do people like Reid Hoffman have? Reading this article may inform you better as to what happens in places like #SiliconValley. Amazing article.

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The Power of Curation - The Wave of the Future

The Power of Curation - The Wave of the Future | Maximizing Business Value |

This is a Guest post by Paula Goldman, who is a marketing strategist, anthropologist, contributor to Huffington Post and much more. Great observations and I definitely agree with what she's saying.


I found this article in Google Alerts but noticed it was also posted by Beth Kanter on her blog, and I wanted to acknowledge her as well. As Beth just informed me below:


"The post is from a series of guest posts covering a conference - Growing Social Impact in a Networked World."


Here are some highlights......


"The wisdom of crowds, the insanity of crowds.


Mention the word “network” to most people and their reactions tend to sway between these two polar extremes.


****It’s either “crowdsourcing is the answer to everything” –


****or it’s a complaint that social networks like Facebook and Twitter are just “too full of chatter.”


If I have one takeaway from the GEO/Monitor Group conference on Networks earlier this week, it’s about how crucial the curator is in determining the difference between a successful network and one that simply makes lots of noise."


Disrupting Business as Usual


This insight hit home for me when serial entrepreneur Lisa Gansky talked about innovative businesses like CouchSurfing (, Zipcar, and AirBnB.


Gansky calls these “Mesh” businesses (—enterprises


****that leverage data and social networks to allow people to share resources conveniently (a car sitting idle, an extra room in your house).


****And she argues that they represent the future of our economy.


****In other words, the secret to thriving networks boils down to one thing: good curation.


Curated by JanLGordon covering  "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

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Beth Kanter's comment, October 22, 2011 6:44 PM
Thanks so much for including this in your collection! The post is from a series of guest posts covering a conference - Growing Social Impact in a Networked World.
janlgordon's comment, October 22, 2011 9:22 PM
@Beth Kanter - I found the post, went to dinner, came back and put the final touches on it to tweet tomorrow. I can't believe I never saw this when you originally posted it. That just goes to show you how important it is that we have each other. It's impossible to see everything. Thanks for your kind words and your amazing curation!