Here's to 10 Million Members in India...

June 21, 2011

This morning, I was greeted with a message in my inbox that brought a smile to my face. LinkedIn crossed a major milestone of 10 million members in India.

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When we opened the LinkedIn India offices in November 2009 with just over 3 million members, we worked with the mindset of a startup. Our primary focus was to continue to help professionals become productive and successful. This way, we knew that as long as we continued creating value for Indian professionals, they would join the website and continue to engage with one another.

Whether it was college students like TCA Jayant who used LinkedIn to connect with executives to pitch and raise sponsorships for an all-India event or Deepak Srinath and Uday Disley, Co-Founders and Directors at Viedea Capital Advisors who connected with investors in Europe to raise capital for a Mumbai based media company, our members are leveraging the site to gain insights, grow their businesses and manage their careers.

Brands and businesses are also using the site in larger numbers to engage with their members and generate word of mouth around their products and services. For example: less than a month since the launch of LinkedIn’s Company Pages in India, more than 2700 professionals recommended products by Volkswagen India to members in their network.

We continue to remain committed to our vision of connecting the world’s professionals to make them more successful and productive and we believe that this is just the start. India’s talent economy is nearing a tipping point where your professional identity on LinkedIn will shape the way you engage and collaborate with your peers and create value through the power of your network.

Once again I want to thank every member for being part of this journey.