Articles by Jeff Weiner
This week, LinkedIn is celebrating our 10th anniversary. While much has changed for us over the last decade, one thing has remained consistent — our unwavering focus on how we can help our members be truly successful in their careers. From the earliest days in his living room, Reid and his co-founders knew that by always first asking “what do professionals need, and how can we deliver it to them?”, we could create something that would impact their lives in a truly transformative way.
At LinkedIn, we continue to be guided by this “Members First” philosophy. Every day for the last ten years, we have tried to stay true to this philosophy and to our mission of connecting the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. Everything we build is dedicated to helping our members show the world who they are; make the most of who they know; and build upon what they know.
Over the next couple of hours, we’ll be moderating a Town Hall with President Barack Obama focused on economic opportunity in our country and putting America back to work. The Town Hall hosted at the Computer History Museum will feature questions from a live audience, as well as questions culled from thousands contributed by LinkedIn members over the past week.
As part of our vision to create economic opportunity for all professionals, LinkedIn has also partnered with the Startup America Partnership to help founders of young businesses manage their professional identity, connect with the right talent and access advanced tools to help them grow their businesses. LinkedIn will be making a donation of up to 100,000 free subscriptions to Startup America Partnership entrepreneurs – a value of $5 million.
The Startup America Partnership is an organization working to help young, high-growth companies succeed in order to accelerate job growth in America and was launched at the White House in response to President Obama’s call to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate entrepreneurship throughout the nation.
Next week, LinkedIn is honored to be welcoming the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to a town hall on the subject of job creation and putting America back to work.
During the past several months, the national conversation has been increasingly focused on the state of the U.S. economy. This town hall is an invitation from the White House to people from across the country for an open exchange on one of our most pressing objectives as a nation: the creation of jobs and economic opportunity.
I recently shared my thoughts on the subject; specifically, the widening gap between talent and opportunity, and what we as a country can do to help fill the 3.2 million jobs currently available in the U.S. I can’t think of a better way to expand that conversation than by opening it up for participation to millions of individuals interested in helping to solve our unemployment challenges.
These thoughts from our CEO, Jeff Weiner, on bold solutions for the unemployment crisis were originally published in Fortune Magazine earlier today. Syndicated with permission – Ed.
Tonight, President Obama is scheduled to unveil the government’s latest plan to address the country’s labor crisis. Unemployment is at 9.1%. However, that number only scratches the surface of the magnitude of the problem. There are over 25 million Americans unemployed, underemployed or only marginally attached to the workforce. Factor in the average size of a U.S. household and that’s as many as 20% of Americans whose lives are being dramatically impacted by this stagnation.
Yet there’s another massive labor imbalance in the country that rarely gets attention. According to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over three million job opportunities going unfilled in the U.S. right now, the highest level in three years.
Today, LinkedIn reached a major milestone: 100 million professionals worldwide.
We’re now growing at roughly one million new LinkedIn members every week, the equivalent of a professional joining the site at faster than one member per second.