May 5, 2017, marks the 14th birthday of one of the largest and best-known companies in Silicon Valley. It’s been more than a decade since LinkedIn was built as a business-oriented social network. Now, it has grown into a massively successful public company that generates billions of dollars in revenue and boasts more than 500 million members. Founded by Reid Hoffman and launched on May 5, 2003 – date dubbed by the founder and his team as Cinco de LinkedIn – the social network has played a big role in bringing together professionals worldwide and has even changed the way we find jobs, collaborators, or potential employees. To celebrate the network’s anniversary, let’s take a look back and see how it all started.
The LinkedIn History Timeline marks some of the major events in the evolution of the popular network, from the time it was founded, the day it was launched officially, and its first month of profitability, to its acquisition by Microsoft and its 500M member milestone. The graphic also includes important product features released throughout the years, such as Groups - seen even today as one of the best ways to network on LinkedIn - or the popular "Who’s viewed your profile" feature.
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