500 million+ members | Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.
Created by: Reid Hoffman
Date launched: May 5, 2003
Type of site: Social networking service. LinkedIn (/lɪŋktˈɪn/) is an American business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. As of 2015, most of the company's revenue came from selling access to information about its members to recruiters and sales professionals.Since December 2016 it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft. As of June 2019, LinkedIn had 630 million registered members in 150 countries.Type of business
Type of site
Social networking service
December 28, 2002; 17 years ago
Mountain View, California, U.S.
Sunnyvale, California, U.S.
Shannon Brayton (CMO)
Christina Hall (CPO, SVP)
Steve Sordello (CFO, SVP)
Decrease 59 (January 2020
660+ million members (December 2019
May 5, 2003; 16 years ago
LinkedIn allows members (both workers and employers) to create profiles and "connections" to each other in an online social network which may represent real-world professional relationships. Members can invite anyone (whether an existing member or not) to become a connection LinkedIn participated in the EU's International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles.