Reid Hoffman, the American internet entrepreneur, is the co-founder of LinkedIn, a social network for professionals to connect with each other. He is also the author of two New York Times bestsellers. He graduated from Stanford University in 1990 with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and Cognitive Science. Being a bright student, he successfully won a Marshall Scholarship and earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Wolfson College, Oxford University in 1993. Initially, Hoffman wanted to become a professor and public intellectual. However, he later decided to become an entrepreneur.
After graduating from Oxford, Hoffman joined Apple Computers in 1994 and worked on eWorld, an early attempt at creating a social network which was acquired by AOL in 1996. He also worked on Classifieds, Global Access Assistant, and other strategic projects.
After leaving Apple, he worked at Fujitsu for a while. In 1997, he co-founded his first company, SocialNet.com, an online dating site. However, he was forced to abandon the project in 1999 due to his inexperience. While still managing SocialNet, Hoffman became a member of the board of directors who founded the electronic money transmission service, PayPal. He joined PayPal as the company’s full-time COO in 2000.
Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn in December 2002 with some of his former colleagues and friends. It was launched as one of the first business-oriented online social networks. The site, which allows registered users to create professional profiles and connect with each other, became popular soon after its launch. Hoffman served as LinkedIn's founding CEO for the first four years before becoming chairman and President, Products in February 2007. By 2009, he had become executive chairman.
He is also a prolific writer and has published a variety of posts as a “LinkedIn Influencer” on the website. He published the career book The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform your Career along with co-author Ben Casnocha in 2012. He wrote another book, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age with Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh in 2014.
In 2012, Reid Hoffman received the David Packard Medal of Achievement Award by TechAmerica for his contributions and advances within the high-tech industry, his community, and humankind. In April 2014, he was awarded with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Commonwealth Club. The same year, The Academy of Achievement also awarded Hoffman with the annual Golden Plate award, which honours accomplished individuals for significant achievement in their fields.
30 July, 1975: Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. He was last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan.
31 July, 1911: Bosnia-Herzegovina declares independence from Yugoslavia.
01 August, 1834: Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into effect – slavery abolished throughout the British Empire.
02 August, 1990: Iraq invaded Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
03 August, 2004: Statue of Liberty’s pedestal reopened to visitors after being closed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
04 August, 2007: NASA launched the Phoenix spacecraft on a mission to Mars. The robotic spacecraft that was sent on a space exploration mission on Mars under the Mars Scout Program descended on the red planet on May 25, 2008.
A fantasy which won the Booker Prize in 2002, Life of Pi tells the magical story of a young Indian, who finds himself shipwrecked and lost at sea in a large lifeboat. His companions are four wild animals: an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and most notably, Richard Parker, a 450lb tiger.
Soon there remains only Pi and the tiger, and his only purpose in the next 227 days is to survive the shipwreck and the hungry tiger, supported only by his own curious brand of religion, an eclectic mixture of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.
The tale is told in retrospect by Pi, and the author to whom he tells it, and Martel interrupts the narrative with his commentary and observations. Through this highly descriptive and bizarre adventure, Martel depicts the rich cultural background of Pi’s world and the lonely struggle of taming the savagery of nature ‘red in tooth and claw’ and surviving life. The role of spirituality in understanding and transcending the physical world is explored – and we also find out why the tiger is called Richard Parker.
A white flag depicting a Jerusalem cross (a large cross with smaller crosses in each quarter) was first used in the 14th century. In 1999 the Georgia legislature voted to make it the national flag, but President Eduard Shevardnadze did not sign the bill. The flag then became a popular symbol for those opposing Shevardnadze's government, and it was officially adopted on January 14, 2004, after a new national government took office.
1. Name the first company to produce a wristwatch that included an alarm function in 1908.
2. When were calculator watches introduced?
3. Name the world’s first GPS Solar Watch.
4. Name the first watch developed and tested to survive a ten meter drop.
5. What kind of watch is specially designed for sailing races?
6. Who invented the first modern chronograph in 1816?
7. Which company introduced the first mass-produced pocket watch and the first pocket watch with two time zones in 1853?
8. Which company produced the first anti-magnetic watch?
9. Who manufactured the first known wristwatch with a perpetual calendar using a pendant watch movement?
10. Who made the first self-winding wristwatch whose unidirectional rotor swung in a complete circle?
Last week’s answers:
1. The Munich conference
2. Invasion of Poland
3. Joseph Stalin
4. December 7, 1941
5. Erwin Rommet
7. Hiroshima and Nagasaki
8. Vinchy France
9. Battle of the Atlantic
10. Battle of Berlin