Reid Hoffman’s (LinkedIn co-founder) philosophy is based on the principle that entrepreneurialism is a force for good. He is convinced that in the long run, more Silicon Valley-style innovation will lead to greater prosperity and more jobs. Image credit: David Yellen
Reid Hoffman: “Entrepreneurship is throwing yourself off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.”
But beneath all the operational aspects involved in scaling a company lies something more fundamental. Hoffman believes a successful entrepreneur must be flexible, ready to adapt and willing to accept that although the future is essentially unknowable, there is always something new to find out.
Entrepreneurial Advice from Reid Hoffman
Reid Hoffman, 49-year-old billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn, veteran of PayPal and venture capitalist is widely considered something of a seer in Silicon Valley, who can distill complex ideas down to important truisms. For founders wrestling with big, sticky questions about their companies’ promise and direction, a few words from Hoffman can go a long way. A conversation can go even further.
For Hoffman, getting into weeds and foxholes isn’t just about helping the individuals he’s invested in. It’s about something greater — something that, he hopes, will push all entrepreneurs to grow their companies strongly and smartly. It’s about nurturing an adaptable mindset suitable for navigating a confusing, chaotic world. All in the hope of making that world better for everyone. Read the full story…. entrepreneur.com
Reid Hoffman Interview: He has been called “the most connected man in Silicon Valley,” the “uber-investor” who “has had a hand in creating nearly every lucrative social media startup.” He was the originator of the PayPal online commerce tool and is the founder and Chairman of LinkedIn, as well as an early investor in Facebook, GroupOn and Airbnb.
The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
Reid Hoffman Book – The Startup of You.
A blueprint for thriving in your job and building a career by applying the lessons of Silicon Valley’s most innovative entrepreneurs.
In this book, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world. The key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you. Continue reading…