Reid Hoffman is one of the most influential and inspiring personalities of the 21st Century. He is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, but his golden finger of global entrepreneur and venture capitalist, has touched many other widely known enterprises: an early investor in Friendster and Flickr, a board member of Zynga, Airbnb and Mozilla, this famous entrepreneur is also a renowned author and blogger – please check his inspiring blog – and his interesting ideas, strategy, and positivite insights on the network are widely known.
In an interview given to Wired in 2012, Reid Hoffman was awarded the nickname of “the network philosopher”. In his past. one of his initial dreams and plans, was to become a philosopher by embracing the Academia,as he thought he could impact the world through his philosophical essays and books. He went on to earn an M.A. in philosophy from Wolfson College, Oxford University in 1993, but soon realised that he didn’t want to spend the next two decades in the midst of philosophical books. He decided after a few months to become a software entrepreneur.
In April 2014, President Barack Obama named Hoffman as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship “to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
Hoffman continues to write regularly and blogs frequently interesting posts on his blog about The Network Age. His latest book: “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age”, co-authored with Ben Casnocha, analyzes the challenges the network age brought to the employee-employer relationship, proposing a new alternative that breaks both with the concept of the life long job, and the free agent. Hoffman challenges the reader to look both at employers an employees as “allies” that embrace their jobs through a more relational approach.
IntelligentHQ assembles here ten of his latest thought provoking quotes:
1. “The future is sooner and stranger than you think.” by Reid HoffmanQuote by Reid Hoffman Intelligenthq
2. “You have to be constantly reinventing yourself and investing in the future.” Reid HoffmanQuote by Reid Hoffman Intelligenthq
3. “I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not.” Reid HoffmanQuote by Reid Hoffman Intelligenthq
4. “What makes the meaning of life is people, so you try to be good to people immediately around you and in your broader community. So a lot of my projects are about how I can affect the world in the hundreds of millions.” Reid HoffmanQuote by Reid Hoffman Intelligenthq
5. “As technology continues to virtualize money, brick ‘n mortar banks have become as superfluous as traditional bookstores.”
6. “Entrepreneurs are like visionaries. One of the ways they run forward is by viewing the thing they’re doing as something that’s going to be the whole world.” Reid HoffmanQuote by Reid Hoffman Intelligenthq
7. “A product needs to be sufficiently innovative to distinguish itself from the pack, but not so forward thinking as to alienate the user.”
8. “Innovation comes from long-term thinking and iterative execution.”
9. “In the Networked Age, we’re all like the little kid from The Sixth Sense. If you’re not seeing networks when you enter a room, you might want to check your pulse.”
10. “Call it the emergence of a “world’s bank” – a system built by and for the people, delivering credit in America and across the globe in a radically decentralized, highly scalable, and crucially equitable way. The World Bank funds institutions.The world’s bank funds people.” Reid HoffmanQuote by Reid Hoffman Intelligenthq
Maria Fonseca is the Editor and Infographic Artist for IntelligentHQ. She is also a thought leader writing about social innovation, sharing economy, social business, and the commons. Aside her work for IntelligentHQ, Maria Fonseca is a visual artist and filmmaker that has exhibited widely in international events such as Manifesta 5, Sao Paulo Biennial, Photo Espana, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Joshibi University and many others. She concluded her PhD on essayistic filmmaking , taken at University of Westminster in London and is preparing her post doc that will explore the links between creativity and the sharing economy.