Reid

Hoffman

Partner

Reid builds networks to grow iconic global businesses, as an entrepreneur and as an investor.

Reid is a Silicon Valley stalwart in the modern technology world. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, he played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. As an investor, he has been instrumental in the success of iconic companies such as Facebook and Airbnb and has helped fast-growing newcomers like Aurora and Convoy get to scale.

Reid joined Greylock in 2009 and focuses on early-stage investing in products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants. His unique understanding of consumer behavior and a clear-eyed ability to guide startups from inception through ramped-up “blitzscaling” has made him one of the most sought-after advisors, partners, and investors today. Reid was a board observer for Airbnb and currently serves as a board director for Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Blockstream, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Microsoft, Nauto, Neeva, Xapo, and a few early-stage companies still in stealth.

Reid’s core focus is on businesses with network effects. In 2003, he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network that today has more than 650 million members and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. Before LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member and responsible for all of the company’s external relationships.

His foundational thesis of the power of networks extends beyond marketplaces and social ecosystems. Recently, it has led to his investments in autonomous driving technology startup Nauto, cryptocurrency startup Xapo, and shipping logistics provider Convoy.

“Networks and marketplaces are central to all of my investing and thinking. They are foundational to scaling businesses that reach hundreds of millions of people. Today, that has broadened into areas beyond web 2.0 or online people-product-networks. There are now networks being created through serious, deep technology.”

Reid is a frequent public speaker, known for his approachability and skill at explaining complex topics with lucidity. He is the co-author of Blitzscaling and two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. He also hosts the podcast Masters of Scale.

A California native, Reid spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He earned a B.S. with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University and then earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Babson University and the University of Oulu.

Beyond startups and technology, Reid has a wide range of interests, including politics, board games, science fiction, philosophy, and philanthropy. He serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, Do Something, New America, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, and the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change. Reid has received various awards for his philanthropic work, including CBE from the Queen of England and Salute to Greatness Award from the Martin Luther King Center.

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Future Follows Fiction

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Taking on Tech Titans

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Philosopher Versus MBA

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The Philosopher- Entrepreneur

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Accelerating Aurora

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Human-Centered AI

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People-First Capitalism

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Game On

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Security in Knowledge

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How to Decide

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Spiderman Ethics

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Leadership and CEO Succession

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Go Anywhere, Get Anything

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Building a Great Startup Board , Part 2

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Building a Great Startup Board: Pt 1

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#AMA with :20 Min VC

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Entrepreneurship and Loneliness

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Airbnb Reflections

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Choosing Bad Competition

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Successful Co-Founder Dynamics

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ABZ Planning

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The Startup Pivot

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Building Ecosystems of Adaptability

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Myths About Failure

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Talking Politics

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From Seed to Series A

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Calculating Risk

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M&A or IPO?

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The Virtual VC

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Entrepreneurship Now

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Building Companies in Times of Change

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Honoring the Alliance During COVID

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The Power & Potential of Private, Ad-Free Search

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Blitzscaling During Covid

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Transformational Moments

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Planning for Volatility

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Is Blitzscaling Over?

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Chile, Entrepreneurs, Endeavor, and Global Lessons with Reid Hoffman and Wences Casares

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Argentina Entrepreneurship, Endeavor, and Global Lessons with Wences Casares and Reid Hoffman

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Blitzscaling Strategy — Going Global

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Blitzscaling Your Team

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Blitzscaling Strategy — Making Key Decisions

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Blitzscaling Strategy — Identifying and Addressing Major Threats

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Blitzscaling — Competitive Strategy

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Blitzscaling from Startup to Scaleup

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The Strategy of Blitzscaling

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Safely Scaling Artificial General Intelligence

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Can the Current AI Boom Scale to AGI?

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Speed: The Most Critical Competitive Advantage

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The “Meaning Revolution” in Leadership

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Announcing the Blitzscaling Series, a new part of Greylock’s Greymatter Podcast

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Blitzscaling with Satya Nadella & Reid Hoffman

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Blitzscaling at Larger Organizations

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The Risks and Rewards of Being a Blitzscaling Founder and CEO

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The Foundation to Successful Blitzscaling

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Leading an Organization through Blitzscaling

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Blitzscaling 101

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Our Investment in Aurora — a Safe Path to Scale Autonomous Vehicles

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Our Investment in Coda

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Our Investment in Nauto

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Mayer on Scaling Google and Yahoo: Blitzscaling Session 17

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Reed Hastings on Building a Streaming Empire: Blitzscaling Session 16

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Diane Greene on Scaling Products and Culture at VMware: Blitzscaling Session 15

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Shishir Mehrotra on Scaling YouTube and the 10 Things that Matter: Blitzscaling Session 13

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Nirav Tolia on Growing Nextdoor and the Path to Monetization: Blitzscaling Session 12

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Patrick Collison on Hiring at Stripe and the Role of a Product-Focused CEO: Blitzscaling Session 11

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Selina Tobaccowala on Building a Global Business at SurveyMonkey: Blitzscaling Session 10

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Reid Hoffman and Allen Blue on Why and How They Scaled LinkedIn: Blitzscaling Session 9

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Eric Schmidt on Structuring Teams and Scaling Google: Blitzscaling Session 8

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Mariam Naficy on Lessons from the Dot Com Days and Knowing When to Blitzscale: Blitzscaling Session 7

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Jennifer Pahlka on Founding Code for America and Starting the US Digital Service: Blitzscaling Session 6

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John Lilly on Leveraging Community to Scale Mozilla: Blitzscaling Session 5

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Ann Miura-Ko on FLOODGATE’s Thunder Lizard Theory and Achieving Product Market Fit: Blitzscaling Session 4

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Michael Dearing on Capitalism, Creativity, and Creative Destruction: Blitzscaling Session 3

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Sam Altman on Y Combinator and What Makes the Best Founders: Blitzscaling Session 2

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Overview of the Five Stages of Blitzscaling: Session 1

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Brian Chesky on Launching Airbnb and the Challenges of Scale: Blitzscaling Session 18

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Final Recap and Student Discussion: Blitzscaling Session 20

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Jeff Weiner on Establishing a Plan and Culture for Scaling: Blitzscaling Session 19

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Our Investment in Convoy

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