In this interview, DEMO talks with Jeff Weiner about LinkedIn's efforts to scale the largest professional social networking company. He tells the audience how he's taking the company global, as well as how the company is seeking to glean insights from its 75 million users to give customers even more intelligence from their network.
DEMO also examines -- in light of government regulation -- where professional social networking begins, and where it ends, especially when compared to other networks like Facebook.
Matt Marshall is the editor and CEO of VentureBeat, which he founded in 2006. He covered the venture capital and startup beat for the Mercury News from 2001-2006. Marshall significantly expanded the newspapers coverage of venture capital and startups during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat from 2004.
Marshall was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Marshall, against California's public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. The lawsuits sought disclosure of the financial performance of venture capital and other private equity funds that CalPERS and UC had invested in, arguing that state taxpayers and retirees had a right to know these results. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments.
Marshall was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, The Bank: the Birth of Europe's Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power. He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Marshal is also the executive producer of DEMO.
Marshall has a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.
Jeff Weiner was named CEO of LinkedIn in June of 2009, after joining the company as Interim President in December 2008. Prior to LinkedIn, Weiner was an Executive in Residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners where he advised the firms' consumer technology portfolio companies and evaluated new investment opportunities.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner expands on LinkedIn's recent focus on helping users "connect, communicate and collaborate," rather than just search for jobs. He says status updates are up "well over 10x," and hints that instant messaging and video conferencing may be on the horizon.