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Historical evolution of Linkedin.
- Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and CEO.
- Jean-Luc Vaillant, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering.
- Allen Blue, Co-Founder and VP of Product.
- Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing.
- Eric Ly, Co-Founder and CTO.
- 2003 Launch: In late 2002, Reid recruits a team of old colleagues from SocialNet and PayPal to work on a new idea. Six months later, LinkedIn launches. Growth is slow at first—as few as 20 signups on some days—but, by the fall, it shows enough promise to attract an investment from Sequoia Capital.
- 2004 Experimentation: Growth accelerates with the introduction of address book uploads in late 2003. LinkedIn introduces new features like Groups and partners with American Express to promote its offerings to small business owners. LinkedIn launched Groups in 2004 to enable members to share professional insights. By 2013, Linkedin would have 2.1 million groups.
- 2005 Revenue: LinkedIn introduces its first business lines: Jobs and Subscriptions. The company also moves into its fourth office in three years. In March 2005, LinkedIn launched its first premium service: LinkedIn Jobs.
- 2006 Foundations: With the launch of public profiles, LinkedIn begins to stake its claim as the professional profile of record. In 2006, the company achieves profitability, and core features like Recommendations and People You May Know are introduced. Participants in the first-ever LinkedIn Product vs. Engineering soccer game. Product won.
- 2007 Growing Up: After four years as CEO, Reid steps aside to run product and brings in Dan Nye to lead the company. LinkedIn moves to Stierlin Court and opens the Customer Service center in Omaha. Finally in 2007, members can add photos to their profiles.
- 2008 Going Global: LinkedIn becomes a truly global company, opening its first international office in London and launching Spanish and French language versions of the site. LinkedIn launches its first enterprise application: Recruiter, a tool for corporate recruiting teams to source candidates across the entire LinkedIn network.
- 2009 New Leadership: Jeff Weiner joins LinkedIn first as President, then CEO, and brings focus and clarity to LinkedIn’s mission, values, and strategic priorities. LinkedIn opens its API platform to all developers.
- 2010 Acceleration: Company shifts into hyper-growth! By the end of the year, LinkedIn has 90 million members and nearly 1,000 employees in 10 offices around the world. In 2010 LinkedIn opens a new office in the Empire State Building in New York City.
- 2011 Next Play: LinkedIn celebrates its eighth anniversary, becomes a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange, and hosts a town hall with the President of the United States. LinkedIn acquires four companies this year, adding talent, technology, and product to help us accelerate our strategy.
- 2013 LinkedIn Turns 10: In January of our first decade, the company has reached 200 million members, and is growing at more than two members per second. We have a lot to celebrate. In 2013 LinkedIn launches the ability for members to add rich media content to their profiles to help tell their professional stories more visually.
- 2014 The Economic Graph: Beginning the next decade of LinkedIn, we sought to create a map of the digital economy, its participants, and every facet of opportunity linking these nodes together. During this year’s LinkedIn For Good inDay, sessions were held to prep individuals for interviews here in Silicon Valley.
- 2015 Keep Growing: LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 433 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second. Now Microsoft Owns the Social Network.
- 2016 Present: Celebration of our 7th annual Talent Connect.