LinkedIn History:

April 10th, 2009 | by Jason Alba |

I was watching this old video from 2006, walking through the LinkedIn’s office with Reid Hoffman (interviewed by the famous Loic Le Meur), and at minute 4:14 saw this bit of intriguing history:

In the video Reid says what you can read in the sign: “we were going to call it colleaguester, but it sounded kinda weird…”

and then he goes on to say “so it’s LinkedIn.”

(my daughter is looking at this saying “how do you say that? Call-egg-ester?”  Reid was right about the pronounciation. Imagine having to spell this out to people!!  Ugh!)

  1. 2 Responses to “LinkedIn History:”

  2. By Brian Schuster on Apr 11, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Jason,

    I haven’t seen the video, but what exactly were they going for with ‘colleaguester’? The first word I think about when I see this is ‘college’. Was there market college kids back then?


  3. By Jason Alba on Apr 13, 2009 | Reply

    Instead of “college” think “colleague”… you know, like, I used to work with a bunch of people… they were my colleagues. It sounds like a mouthful, and in the video Reed says it was in the vein of “friendster” or something like that. And then there was dogster, etc. :p

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