LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced today that hes joined the board of directors at Microsoft.
This follows Microsofts $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn last year. When the deal closed, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said the companys day-to-day operations wouldessentially remain unchanged, but he also noted a number of areas (like integrating LinkedIn into Microsoft Outlook and Office products) where the two organizationswould work together.
In a LinkedIn post, Hoffman saidhis primaryjob is still as a partner at Greylock, but hes maintained an office next to Jeff Weiners at LinkedIn for the last nine years so hes remained very involved. (Officially, he was chairman of the LinkedIn board.)
As a Microsoft board member, Hoffman said hisfocus will remain on LinkedIn itself, while also working to helpMicrosoft build more connections in Silicon Valley.
And following the combination with Microsoft, LinkedIn now has new resources and technology assets to deploy as it moves forward, hewrote. Imagine a Cortana-like intelligent assistant helping you determine which third-degree connections make the most sense for you to pursue. Or LinkedIn Learning courseware that incorporatesMicrosofts HoloLensmixed reality technology for more immersive learning experiences.
Microsoft also namedLinkedIns Kevin Scott as its chief technology officer earlier this year.