Reid Hoffman

Co-founder LinkedIn.

Hoffman joined Apple Computer in 1994, where he worked on E World, an early attempt at creating a Social Network. eWorld was acquired by AOL in 1996.[12] Hoffman later worked at Fujitsu before co-founding his first company, Social in 1997. It focused “on online dating and matching up people with similar interests, like golfers who were were looking for partners in their neighborhood.”[13] Peter Thiel has said Social was “literally an idea before its time. It was a social network 7 or 8 years before that became a trend.”... While at Social Net, Hoffman was a member of the board of directors at the founding of PayPal, an electronic money transmission service. In January 2000 he left Social Net and joined PayPal full-time as the company's COO.

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