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Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

Partner, Greylock

Reid Hoffman is kind of like the Zelig of technology, but instead of a mere observer, he has participated in many, many major tech events. He started his career at Apple in 1994, and founded SocialNet.Com, a social network years ahead of its time. He was an EVP at PayPal before founding LinkedIn. He introduced Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg. He's a partner at Greylock Investments, one of the most established VC funds.

Entrepreneurs rarely succeed when they just say, 'well, what I'm trying to do is make a lot of money;' It's, 'I'm trying to build a product, I'm trying to build a service, I'm trying to improve the world, change the world in some significant way.'