In addition to founding the world's largest professional networking service that has transformed how businesses and individuals connect with one another, Reid Hoffman has been actively involved in all areas of the tech industry, from serving as a board member on many startups and nonprofits to becoming a venture capitalist at Greylock Partners. His new book "Blitzscaling", which he co-wrote with fellow entrepreneur Chris Yeh, explores how to effectively implement the approach to grow better as a company. Together, Reid, who will videoconference in from San Francisco, and Chris will speak to attendees in an Ask Me Anything spotlight session that is sure to excite and inform those looking to grow their own brands and maximize swift business change and growth.
Chris Yeh is the co-author, along with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur Ben Casnocha of the New York Times bestseller, “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.” Chris is the co-founder of Allied Talent, the official provider of The Alliance Framework for helping organizations better recruit, engage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. He and Reid are currently working on their upcoming book, “Blitzscaling” which will be published in October 2018. In addition, he has founded, advised, or invested in over 100 high-tech startups. He earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. In 2009 he joined Greylock Partners. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Aurora, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Gixo, Microsoft, Nauto, Xapo and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub and Do Something. He is the host of Masters of Scale, an original podcast series and the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for featured guests. He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: "The Start-Up of You" and "The Alliance". His next book is focused on “blitzscaling,” based on his Stanford course of the same name. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, and a graduate of Stanford University.