Career Advice From LinkedIn’s Billionaire Founder Reid Hoffman

Career Advice From LinkedIn’s Billionaire Founder Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman, Entrepreneur

Reid Hoffman says it took him 15 years after graduating from Stanford to figure out what he wanted to do with his career.

Hoffman eventually founded LinkedIn, a $19 billion public company.

On graduation, he thought he would become an academic. Then he started some companies.  Several failed…  then he created LinkedIn.  It didn’t fail 😉

What lessons can we learn from Hoffman’s journey?

Expanding on ideas from his recent book “The Startup of You”, Hoffman and his co-author created a slideshow presentation called “The 3 Secrets Of Highly Successful Graduates”.  The have graciously allowed me to republish it here.

What did you learn from Reid Hoffman?  What are the key capabilities for navigating successfully in the career seas of the future?


  1. Interesting choice …Reid, to date would appear to be remarkably successful with LinkedIn and his other investments – Big hat tip to Reid.

    Yes today LinkedIn does have a $19B market cap…I will argue however in an upcoming blog post that like Apple, LinkedIn’s best days are behind it. A market cap of $1-2B in 12-18 months is highly likely in my opinion.


    1. Hmmm… I tend to like LinkedIn… not trying to advertise, steal, overshare… but slowly be the CV replacement and the inside-sales db of choice…

        1. Hmmm like Nouriel Roubini… Predict for 20 years that each year was going to be a disaster… 19 times wrong, then famous in year 20…

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