Civil Society & Tech: A Benevolent Partnership?
While technology companies have brought many positive developments to our world, they have not always lived up to their responsibilities towards society. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, now a partner at investment firm Greylock, and WaitWhat CEO June Cohen discuss what should be done to make tech giants live up to their promises – and what startup founders should consider when growing their businesses to a size that affects all of society.
June is co-founder of WaitWhat, a US-based media invention company that creates and owns premium content. WaitWhat’s properties include the Webby Award-winning Masters of Scale (hosted by LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman), the genre-defining hit Meditative Story (in partnership with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive), and the provocative and timely Should This Exist (hosted by Silicon Valley Internet pioneer Caterina Fake).
An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, and joined Greylock in 2009. He serves on the boards of numerous companies and not-for-profit organizations and is also the host of the Masters of Scale podcast.