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Reid Hoffman

Co-founder & Chairman, LinkedIn

Last Edit: September 11, 2016

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8/5/1967

Reid Garrett Hoffman is born in Palo Alto, CA to lawyers Deanna Rutter & William Parker Hoffman Jr.

1980

Reid, tired of public school in Berkeley, CA, joins the private College Prep. School in Oakland, CA.

1981

Reid enrolls in a private boarding school--The Putney School in Vermont.

1985

Hoffman graduates from The Putney School.
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1985

Hoffman enrolls in Stanford University where he'll major in Symbolic Systems & befriend Peter Thiel.

1990

Reid graduates from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems.

1990

Reid enrolls at Oxford University (Wolfson College) in Britain, having won a Marshall Scholarship.

1993

Reid graduates from Oxford University w/ M.St. in Philosophy; gives up aim of becoming philosopher.

1994

Hoffman joins Apple Computer where he works on its eWorld online community service.

1996

After Apple's eWorld is shut down, Hoffman joins Fujitsu seeking product management experience.
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1997

Reid co-founds his first company, SocialNet.com, an online dating and social networking service.
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1998

Hoffman is a founding board member of Peter Thiel's Confinity, a predecessor of Paypal.

1999

Confinity, where Reid is a founding board member, launches Paypal, an online payments service.

2000

Reid leaves SocialNet for COO role at Confinity, becoming 1 of the 13 original "PayPal Mafia".

2000

Peter Thiel's Confinity, where Reid is COO, merges with Elon Musk's X.com; becomes Paypal in 2001.

2002

eBay announces it will acquire PayPal (where Hoffman is COO) at a $1.5B valuation.

2002

Reid co-founds LinkedIn with former colleagues from SocialNet & PayPal.

2003

Reid launches LinkedIn out of his living room. It's a pioneering business-orientated social network.

2004

Reid marries his Stanford college sweetheart Michelle Yee.

2004

Thiel, intro'd by Reid to Mark Zuckerberg, gives Facebook $500K convertible loan; Reid adds $37.5K.

2005

Hoffman joins board of directors of Mozilla, creator of the free, open source web browser Firefox.

2006

Reid gives $1M to Kiva for microfinance loans to impoverished enterpreneurs in developing countries.

2007

Reid passes his LinkedIn CEO role to Dan Nye; remains Chairman, becomes President of Products.

2008

Reid becomes a board director of Zynga, a social network games company, after his early investment.

2008

Reid becomes Questbridge W. Coast Advisory Bd. chair (non-profit linking poor kids & top colleges).

2009

Hoffman becomes Executive Chairman of LinkedIn; also appoints Jeff Weiner to CEO, replacing Nye.

2009

Reid writes Wash. Post op-ed 'Let Startups Bail Us Out' calling for govt. funds for grassroots innovation.

2009

Hoffman joins Greylock Partners to run their $20 million Discovery Fund.

2010

Reid convinces Greylock Partners to invest in Airbnb, and later joins its board.

2010

Reid convinces Greylock to invest in Airbnb, an accomm. marketplace, and later joins its board.

5/19/2011

LinkedIn successfully IPOs on the NYSE; Hoffman & his wife become billionaires.

2011

Reid shares EY's US Entrepreneur of the Year Award with LinkedIn co-founder Jeff Weiner.

2011

Reid joins with Matt Cohler to invest in Edmodo, a global education social network.

2012

Hoffman releases career advice book 'The Start-Up of You' with co-author Ben Casnocha.

2012

Reid is honored for Tech. for Social Impact by World Affairs Council & the Global Phil. Forum.

2012

Hoffman receives the Salute to Greatness award from The Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
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2012

Hoffman receives Honorary Doctor of Laws from Babson College; delivers commencement address there.
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2012

Reid wins tech pioneer award David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica.

2013

With other tech leaders, Hoffman co-founds a pro-immigration lobbying group called FWD.us.

2013

Reid writes Washington Post op-ed 'Immigration Promotes Entrepreneurship and Prosperity'.
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2014

Reid & his wife allocate $9.2 million in stocks to a donor-advised charitable fund.

2014

Hoffman is named Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by President Obama.

2014

Reid donates $1.15M to the non-partisan Mayday PAC which is focused on campaign finance reform.

2014

Hoffman steps down from Zynga's board of directors after a period of turmoil at the company.

2014

Hoffman releases management book 'The Alliance' with co-authors Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh.

2014

Reid receives 2014 Golden Plate award from the Academy of Achievement.

2014

Reid gives $500K for negative campaigning against David Chiu's CA State Assembly rival. Chiu wins.

2014

Reid, with other tech execs., makes $25M investment in Change.org, a B Corp. social change network.

2015

Reid & others donate a combined $1B to OpenAI, a non-profit focused on digital intelligence.

2015

Reid leads $13M investment in Segovia, a for-profit developing enterprise software for NGOs & aid.
1960s

8/5/1967

Reid Garrett Hoffman is born in Palo Alto, CA to lawyers Deanna Rutter & William Parker Hoffman Jr.

1980s

1980

Reid, tired of public school in Berkeley, CA, joins the private College Prep. School in Oakland, CA.

1981

Reid enrolls in a private boarding school--The Putney School in Vermont.

1985

Hoffman graduates from The Putney School.

1985

Hoffman enrolls in Stanford University where he'll major in Symbolic Systems & befriend Peter Thiel.

1990s

1990

Reid graduates from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems.

1990

Reid enrolls at Oxford University (Wolfson College) in Britain, having won a Marshall Scholarship.

1993

Reid graduates from Oxford University w/ M.St. in Philosophy; gives up aim of becoming philosopher.

1994

Hoffman joins Apple Computer where he works on its eWorld online community service.

1996

After Apple's eWorld is shut down, Hoffman joins Fujitsu seeking product management experience.

1997

Reid co-founds his first company, SocialNet.com, an online dating and social networking service.

1998

Hoffman is a founding board member of Peter Thiel's Confinity, a predecessor of Paypal.

1999

Confinity, where Reid is a founding board member, launches Paypal, an online payments service.

2000s

2000

Reid leaves SocialNet for COO role at Confinity, becoming 1 of the 13 original "PayPal Mafia".

2000

Peter Thiel's Confinity, where Reid is COO, merges with Elon Musk's X.com; becomes Paypal in 2001.

2002

eBay announces it will acquire PayPal (where Hoffman is COO) at a $1.5B valuation.

2002

Reid co-founds LinkedIn with former colleagues from SocialNet & PayPal.

2003

Reid launches LinkedIn out of his living room. It's a pioneering business-orientated social network.

2004

Reid marries his Stanford college sweetheart Michelle Yee.

2004

Thiel, intro'd by Reid to Mark Zuckerberg, gives Facebook $500K convertible loan; Reid adds $37.5K.

2005

Hoffman joins board of directors of Mozilla, creator of the free, open source web browser Firefox.

2006

Reid gives $1M to Kiva for microfinance loans to impoverished enterpreneurs in developing countries.

2007

Reid passes his LinkedIn CEO role to Dan Nye; remains Chairman, becomes President of Products.

2008

Reid becomes a board director of Zynga, a social network games company, after his early investment.

2008

Reid becomes Questbridge W. Coast Advisory Bd. chair (non-profit linking poor kids & top colleges).

2009

Hoffman becomes Executive Chairman of LinkedIn; also appoints Jeff Weiner to CEO, replacing Nye.

2009

Reid writes Wash. Post op-ed 'Let Startups Bail Us Out' calling for govt. funds for grassroots innovation.

2009

Hoffman joins Greylock Partners to run their $20 million Discovery Fund.

2010s

2010

Reid convinces Greylock Partners to invest in Airbnb, and later joins its board.

2010

Reid convinces Greylock to invest in Airbnb, an accomm. marketplace, and later joins its board.

5/19/2011

LinkedIn successfully IPOs on the NYSE; Hoffman & his wife become billionaires.

2011

Reid shares EY's US Entrepreneur of the Year Award with LinkedIn co-founder Jeff Weiner.

2011

Reid joins with Matt Cohler to invest in Edmodo, a global education social network.

2012

Hoffman releases career advice book 'The Start-Up of You' with co-author Ben Casnocha.

2012

Reid is honored for Tech. for Social Impact by World Affairs Council & the Global Phil. Forum.

2012

Hoffman receives the Salute to Greatness award from The Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

2012

Hoffman receives Honorary Doctor of Laws from Babson College; delivers commencement address there.

2012

Reid wins tech pioneer award David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica.

2013

With other tech leaders, Hoffman co-founds a pro-immigration lobbying group called FWD.us.

2013

Reid writes Washington Post op-ed 'Immigration Promotes Entrepreneurship and Prosperity'.

2014

Reid & his wife allocate $9.2 million in stocks to a donor-advised charitable fund.

2014

Hoffman is named Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by President Obama.

2014

Reid donates $1.15M to the non-partisan Mayday PAC which is focused on campaign finance reform.

2014

Hoffman steps down from Zynga's board of directors after a period of turmoil at the company.

2014

Hoffman releases management book 'The Alliance' with co-authors Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh.

2014

Reid receives 2014 Golden Plate award from the Academy of Achievement.

2014

Reid gives $500K for negative campaigning against David Chiu's CA State Assembly rival. Chiu wins.

2014

Reid, with other tech execs., makes $25M investment in Change.org, a B Corp. social change network.

2015

Reid & others donate a combined $1B to OpenAI, a non-profit focused on digital intelligence.

2015

Reid leads $13M investment in Segovia, a for-profit developing enterprise software for NGOs & aid.

3/23/2016

3/23/2016

Microsoft announces deal to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

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