And Reid Hoffman !
“My original plan was to become an academic,” the 44-year-old LinkedIn executive chairman and Greylock Partners investor reflects over lunch one crisp November afternoon in a riverside Cambridge hotel. “I won a Marshall scholarship to read philosophy at Oxford, and what I most wanted to do was strengthen public intellectual culture — I’d write books and essays to help us figure out who we wanted to be.” Within months of starting his course, however, Hoffman concluded that “spending one to two decades answering a professional philosophical question” might not impact sufficiently on the world. “I realised that academia wasn’t the right platform — it didn’t have enough scale,” he says. “So I decided I would be a software entrepreneur.”