Hoffman, a serial entrepreneur, who recently joined Greylock Partners as partner, was named today as the first speaker for TEDx Silicon Valley, which takes place at Stanford University on Dec. 12.
To borrow a phrase from another reporter, the TEDx events are a lot like the usual TED, only smaller.
Hoffman, a graduate of Stanford, is the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, which is a Greylock portfolio company. Hoffman’s resume is extensive. He served as an executive VP at online payment company PayPal and has several angel investments to his credit, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Ning, Six Apart and Zynga. He is also a board member at Kiva.org and Firefox developer Mozilla.
Hoffman has worked with several other VC firms, including as a special advisor to the fbFund, a co-operative effort between Facebook, the Founders Fund and Accel Partners. He also advises New Cycle Capital, a San Francisco-based socially responsible venture fund focused on early stage opportunities and backed by The Rappaport Family Foundation.
I’m not sure what he’s gonna talk about at TEDx. But I’m certain the audience will be rapt. Speaking of the TEDx audience, tickets are sold out, but I’m attending and I’m hoping to file more posts about it and take some photos while there.
If you’re going or have some thoughts about it, drop a comment below or contact me directly.