LinkedIn’s Announces First Earnings Call (Q2 2011)

linkedin ipoOn 08/04/11, LinkedIn reported their financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. In the second quarter, the company saw record levels of members, unique visitors, and page views, while top line growth accelerated. Going forward, LinkedIn announced that it plans to continue to invest in its team, technology, and products in order to increase the value it delivers to members and realize the full potential of the LinkedIn platform.

LinkedIn provided the key highlights:

Continue reading “LinkedIn’s Announces First Earnings Call (Q2 2011)”

Winners from LinkedIn’s First Open Intern Hackday

linkedin intern hackdayOn July 29, 2011, LinkedIn’s Mountain View cafeteria was filled to capacity with over 170 interns both from leading tech companies throughout the Bay Area and leading schools (Berkeley, Stanford,  Waterloo, Upenn, and MIT among others).

The interns were gathered for LinkedIn’s first open Intern Hackday — a chance to win a MacBook Air, an iPad or Apple gift card — but more importantly, a chance to earn permanent bragging rights among their peers.

Linkedin put together a timeline of tweets and relevant photographs that captured the highlights of those 24 hours. Click through the picture below for a closer look. 

Continue reading “Winners from LinkedIn’s First Open Intern Hackday”

Linking Up on LinkedIn

linkedin networking[Tina Safi blogs weekly at She works at Media Needle, a social media/word-of-mouth marketing agency based out of Los Angeles.]

Launched in 2003, LinkedIn is a business-related social networking site. Mainly used for professional networking, the company reported more than 100 million registered users as of March 2011. With last month’s LinkedIn stock market launch the company is more talked about than ever. While LinkedIn’s main draw is its connections feature, which allows registered users to maintain relationships with business/personal contacts, the site offers many other business-oriented features.

Continue reading “Linking Up on LinkedIn”

Tech’s Wealthiest Founders [Infograph]

With LinkedIn’s current valuation of $8.16 billion dollars, the 5 LinkedIn founders would  rank No. 5, at $274 million each, it seems as though there will be other high-profile IPOs in the near future.

tech wealthiest

Click on the image below to see the full-size infographic!

Continue reading “Tech’s Wealthiest Founders [Infograph]”

How Can Linkedin Grow?

LinkedIn is at a tipping point.

linkedin ipo

(View more pictures from the bell ringing ceremony taken at the New York Stock Exchange, the day LNKD started trading – May 19, 2011.)

After becoming the first social network to go public on May 19, 2011, LinkedIn is now in the hot seat as finance pundits examine whether the company’s market valuation is realistic.  One major question that investors have about LinkedIn is: “How can Linkedin grow?

Here is a brief analyis.
Continue reading “How Can Linkedin Grow?”

Watch LinkedIn Grow [pics]

Every Cinco de Mayo LinkedIn celebrates its anniversary.

Back in May 5th, 2003, the LinkedIn network started with just 10 people — the founding employees connected to each other. Since then, it’s grown into one of  the world’s largest professional network with more than 100 million professionals in over 200 countries and territories. LinkedIn currently has over 1,000 employees in 12 offices around the world, including London, Paris, Sydney, and Mumbai.

Here are some pretty cool pics that show LinkedIn’s growth in both number of users and number of employees.

linkedin employees
LinkedIn at 500,000 Users

Continue reading “Watch LinkedIn Grow [pics]”

LinkedIn Releases New Share Button

In response to the many options for sharing content online such as Twitter and Facebook, on November 30, 2010 LinkedIn released its new share button.

linkedin share button
Photo Credit: LinkedIn

Why should you share content on LinkedIn?

According to LinkedIn (as of 11/30/10),  because LinkedIn has:

  • 85 million word wide users,
  • 7.9 million business decision makers,
  • 4.2 million corporate executives, and
  • 1.3 million small business owners.

Here’s a breakdown of the top sharers on LinkedIn by title and by industry:

Continue reading “LinkedIn Releases New Share Button”

Keeping in Touch with Classmates via Facebook

Back in May 2009, I wrote a review of the application LinkedIn Polls available on LinkedIn and how LinkedIn Polls can be used to do some great permission e-mail marketing polling.

I strongly believe that this LinkedIn application is a great way to gather data fast and to create actionable bar graphs that you can e-mail to your colleagues.  More importantly it follows the fundamentals of permission e-mail marketing by making polls more personal, relevant and anticipated.

On this post I wanted to provide an example of how we can use LinkedIn Polls not only to meet the fundamentals of an e-mail permission marketing campaign but also to gather useful qualitative data from your respondents.

Continue reading “Keeping in Touch with Classmates via Facebook”

Using the True Networking Power of LinkedIn

A summer 2009 survey conducted by Harris Interactive for indicates that only 26% % of U.S. HR professionals use LinkedIn to search for the names of their job candidates. This percentage is lower than the 29% of U.S. HR professional that use Facebook and the 47% that use Google for the same purpose.

This statistic reveals the fact that there appears to be a misunderstanding of the true networking power of LinkedIn by HR professionals.

So, what is LinkedIn? Here’s the answer from its developers:

However, HR pros seem to be missing the vision of LinkedIn’s founder,  Reid Hoffman (yes, that’s a link to his LinkedIn profile). On August 25, 2008 , in an interview with Fortune,  Hoffman explains that the main goal of LinkedIn is to improve the life of its users. In his own words:

What I realized before PayPal was sold was that there was going to be a confluence of two forces.

One was how the world of work is changing — every individual is now somewhat entrepreneurial. They’re getting the next gig themselves.

The other was the Internet, which could empower all these individuals to establish profiles online so that people can find them. You’d be able to use your network to get access to people to better chart your path.

I started LinkedIn because changing people’s professional lives is a massive transformation.

Continue reading “Using the True Networking Power of LinkedIn”