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Allen Blue

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Allen blue grew up in Des Plaines, Ill and graduated from Maine West High School in 1985. He attended Stanford University and graduated with Bachelors degrees in Drama and English. Blue won the Golden Award for Creative Excellence from Stanford in 1990. For the next seven years, he worked in various theatres as a lighting and scenic designer for over 100 productions. From 1994 to 1997, Blue taught theatrical and lighting design at Stanford University.

Blue’s experience with computing and coding started in high school as he coded games in BASIC on an Apple IIe in 1982. Throughout his theater career, Blue built text-based multiplayer games and tested and advised early lighting design programs, including Argus, a plotting process code.

In 1998, Blue and future LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman worked together at SocialNet, an early social network focused on matching people with similar interests for dating and friendship. Blue served Director of Product Design and was responsible for executing the company’s member-data business model.

After Reid Hoffman left SocialNet, he hired Blue at PayPal where he designed exploratory products and marketing programs.

In 2002, Blue and Hoffman, along with Konstantin Guericke, Jean-Luc Vaillant, and Eric Ly, founded LinkedIn, a professional networking social media site and job board. Blue serves as VP of Product Strategy.

LinkedIn reached profitability in March 2006 and filed for an initial public offering in January 2011. By 2013, LinkedIn had more than 300 million members.

Companies and Investments

LinkedIn (Co-Founder, VP of Product Strategy)

Lessons Learned

Through my experiences in the theater and the tech world, I learned that you have to be humble and recognize that you don’t have all the answers and be willing to change direction if you’re wrong.

In my many roles in different fields, I learned how not to be afraid to do what I'm passionate about and do it well.

Inspiring Quotes

Fail early and fail often.


Allen Blue's Quotes

Being an entrepreneur is an attitude, not a set of skills or capabilities.

Allen Blue

Being a professional is more than just doing your job. Being a professional is continuing to learn new skills, to become knowledgeable about what’s happening in the industry around you, to be knowledgeable about the world around you.

Allen Blue

Influential Books

Brad Feld - Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist


Reid Hoffman, Richard Branson, Jack Welch, Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington