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Reid Hoffman Talks About LinkedIn and VC Life and Gives Five Tips to Start-Ups (Video)

Earlier this week, I got a chance to sit down with one of Silicon Valley’s best known entrepreneurs and investors Reid Hoffman, who gave me his first interview after the IPO of LinkedIn.

Hoffman is executive chairman of the business networking company, as well as a prominent angel funder (Facebook early on, for example) and, now, a venture capitalist at Greylock Partners.

In other words, he has a lot of jobs.

Thus, I thought it would be interesting to do a video interview with him at the firm’s Sand Hill Road offices, splitting the interview into three parts.

In the first, he talks about the LinkedIn public offering and where social networking is going. In the second, Hoffman discusses his investing theories, including Greylock’s Discovery Fund for seed investments. And, in the third, Hoffman gives five tips for success for entrepreneurs.

Here’s the videos:


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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus