Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman was a founder and CEO of LinkedIn before becoming Chairman and President in early 2007. Prior to LinkedIn, he was a founder and executive at PayPal where he played an instrumental role in the company’s acquisition by Ebay. Reid has been an angel investor in 34 early stage companies including Facebook and Flickr. He is also an avid philanthropist, serving on the boards of Kiva.org and Center for Citizen Media. Reid graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in philosophy. He and his wife live in northern California.

Getting Things Done

Always carry my notepad and digital recorder

One of the most important habits of mine is that I carry a small notepad and digital recorder with me at all times. The notepad allows me to write down thoughts and map out ideas as they come up. The recorder allows me to speak out my thoughts and ideas if I am not able to write, like in my car. I use a service that transcribes my voice files into text. What gets written down gets done, and you never know when you are going to think of a little task or a big idea that will make your life better.

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