Jennifer Leggio interviewed Allen Blue on her ZDNet blog, and got some good answers.
Of the more interesting points to me personally was the idea from Jeremiah Owyang that LinkedIn could, with some work, become a corporate standard for Intranets.
I may have no vision, but I don’t understand how in the world this would work. My first real job was developing an Intranet with an amazing team at Simplot, and back then (pre-2000) our Intranet was amazingly functional. And very customized to our company needs. Is LinkedIn getting into the corporate intranet space? I have a hard time seeing that play out.
Along those lines, Allen says that LinkedIn employees refer to LinkedIn as a “productivity tool.” This makes a lot of sense. I found it interesting that they are a productivity tool for assumedly (is that a word?) employed professionals… which is great because I certainly don’t want them taking any of their money and putting JibberJobber functionality into their system (inevitable, I’m guessing, but still :/).
And, along those lines, Allen says “Some of that investment may turn into a partnership or a purchase…”
I would LOVE to know what kind of technologies LinkedIn would be interested in partnering with or purchasing. I happen to know a bunch of JibberJobber users who would love a tighter integraton with LinkedIn
Take a few minutes and click over to Jennifer Leggio’s interview with Allen Blue.
What do YOU think LinkedIn should do with the $53M in funding?