Get to Know LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner: 10 Facts You Haven’t Heard
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner was instrumental in one of the largest tech acquisitions ever, when Microsoft purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016.
This historical tech deal is just one of Jeff’s unicorn accomplishments — he’s lead other companies to major success, and consistently gives back.
Read on to learn more about his journey and his impact on the world around him.
Here, ten facts about LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.
1. Jeff is one of the highest-ranked CEOs and holds an impressively high approval rating.
In 2019, Glassdoor ranked Jeff as one of the best CEOs to work under with a 97 percent approval rating.
He earned the eighth spot on the popular employee review website, sitting alongside CEOs for Microsoft, Adobe and Best Buy.
This is his fifth year ranking at the top of Glassdoor’s list.
2. He drove the online presence of Warner Bros.
Jeff started working for Warner Bros. in 1994 as an analyst when he noticed that the company didn’t have an online presence.
He decided to suggest that the company shift its focus and presented a report on the benefits of investing in digital platforms.
“I was just this little pisher, a nobody,” Weiner told Forbes. “But they liked the report.”
Following that moment, he worked his way up and eventually became the Vice President of Online at Warner Bros. in 1998.
3. He has strict rules when it comes to technology.
As a CEO, it’s easy to be glued to your computer.
But Jeff has set up strict guidelines to help balance his work and personal life.
His rules include minimizing the number of emails he sends and creating a strict daily routine.
‘Over the last several years, I’ve settled into a very specific daily routine during the workweek,” wrote Jeff in a LinkedIn article.
“Wake between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.; spend roughly an hour on my inbox; catch up on the day’s news; have breakfast and play with the kids; workout; go to the office…Turns out, my inbox is very manageable when I stick to this schedule.”
4. Compassion is a key component to success, says Jeff.
Whenever anyone asks Jeff what the key to success is, he can usually answer with one word: compassion.
He explained why this seemingly simple characteristic was important when he spoke at the Wharton School’s commencement at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018.
“It meant walking a mile in the other person’s shoes; and understanding their hopes, their fears, their strengths and their weaknesses,” said Jeff. “And it meant doing everything within my power to set them up to be successful.”
To take it a step further, Jeff helped to create The Compassion Project, a digital learning system that helps elementary schools students develop empathy.
5. His parents had a big impact on his work ethic.
It’s not often that a CEO decides to give his $14 million bonus to company employees, but for Jeff, it’s part of the values his parents instilled in him.
“We used to talk about trusting my gut, trusting my instinct and not over-intellectualizing things,” Weiner told CNBC. “And when something feels like the right thing to do, you just do it.”
Along with learning how to trust his intuition, Jeff’s dad also taught him to stay focused while his mom fostered his sense of curiosity through reading.
6. Jeff an avid supporter of nonprofits.
Along with his sense of compassion and empathy for his coworkers, Jeff also likes to give back to the community.
He’s a supporter of Malaria No More, an organization whose commitment is to end Malaria, and has donated to their cause in the past.
Jeff is also on the board of directors for DonorsChoose.org, which allows communities to donate supplies to local schools.
7. He co-founded an investment company.
In 2014, Jeff co-founded a company called Nextplay Ventures.
Nextplay Ventures invested in many popular businesses that were looking to build a strong foundation.
Some of the most well-known companies his company has invested include Slack, Headspace and Vox.
8. Jeff has a favorite interview question to ask job candidates.
In an interview with CNBC, Jeff said that one particular question reveals more about a person than they think, including whether or not they’re a good fit for LinkedIn. The question is: “What’s your ultimate dream job?”
“I find it so valuable because it helps me evaluate fit,” Jeff explained to CNBC. “It also helps me get a sense of who you are by virtue of the specificity of your answer. Once you know what it is you ultimately want, you are that much more capable of manifesting it.”
9. He lives in Silicon Valley with his family.
Jeff currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, along with his wife, Lisette and their two children.
Not only does he highly value his family, but he’s constantly learning how to be a better leader in the workplace because of them.
“My wife, Lisette, is the bedrock of our home and has built the foundation upon which my work exists,” said Jeff during a speech at the Wharton School.
“She’s taught me the importance of love, and kindness, and gratitude.”
10. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the world’s first collegiate business school.
He has gone on to speak at the school’s commencement ceremonies and help guide future entrepreneurs.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated Weiner’s preference regarding interview questions. His favorite interview question is: “What’s your ultimate dream job?”
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