Reid Hoffman: Being a Billionaire Was Plan B to Academia
“I put years into crafting this plan [to be an academic], and all of the sudden four months into the process, it was a train wreck," says Hoffman.
Earning his bachelor's at Stanford and being in Silicon Valley sparked his interest in philosophy, which he went on to study in a Master's program at Oxford University.
“What I was more interested in were things that weren’t narrow in scope, which is a lot of contemporary philosophy research, but questions about human nature, identity. How do I approach what society improves for people, both individually and as a group?"
The man who would go on to be a co-founder of LinkedIn applied his passion for understanding how the world works to software. "Software is how you organize the world around you. Software changes society," says Hoffman.
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