More than 100 million users representing over 200 countries around the world. The largest professional social network. Yes, we’re talking about LinkedIn.
This year, SMWNYC is very excited to have LinkedIn on board as one of our official sponsors. What does this mean for you? Well, two pretty big things.
1. They help it all be possible- and free. Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors and partners- just like LinkedIn- events hosted directly by Social Media Week are free to attend and events hosted in conjunction with Social Media Week are primarily free or significantly subsidized. That’s a big plus.
2. They’re going all-in to bring some serious content and quality to our program. How? Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, is keynoting. And you can see him. Catch him Friday, February 17th from 8:30-9:30am at our Business & Innovation Hub at Bloomberg. He’ll be discussing how professionals- aka, you- can accelerate their careers by acting more like a start-up. Why? Well, you have to come to his session to find out. While Reid Hoffman’s keynote is a great addition, LinkedIn isn’t stopping with his session. We’ll have more information next week, but you can rest assured, LinkedIn is bringing their A-game to SMWNYC.
And did you know Reid Hoffman recently released his book, The Start-up Of You? It highlights the best practices of Silicon Valley start-ups and how you can apply them to your professional life, including how to adapt your career plans, develop a competitive advantage, and strengthen your professional network. The best part? The first 100 guests to his keynote on Friday, 2/17, will receive a complimentary copy.
Now, if you aren’t regularly using LinkedIn, you should go check it out. It’s grown tremendously in the past two years and the services it’s been rolling out are phenomenal. From their news platform LinkedIn Today to their latest app, Cardmunch, which scans your business cards and adds the information to your contacts, it’s a company worth being well-acquainted with. Join us in welcoming LinkedIn to the SMWNYC family, keep up with them on Twitter, and meet their team Friday, 2/17.