Reid Hoffman: When I was thinking about public intellectuals and the kind of classic — as an author of essays and books — I realized that that’s in some sense an old school form of media, right? Which is to say, there’s other forms of media and that media is to some degree the form that public intellectuals can operate in. And I said, “Well, actually software is transforming the world. And there’s all kinds of different ways that software affects how we think of ourselves, how we communicate, how we form an image of how the world works, and how we connect with each other. And so I was like, “Well, I haven’t ever really thought about being a business person.” And by the way, even being an entrepreneur at that time, if you said, “You will be an entrepreneur,” it was like, “Oh, I guess.” It was only years after I’d started LinkedIn — which was kind of the third start up — I was like, “Oh yes, entrepreneur is a word that describes me.” Like, I understand that that’s a word that applies to me, but that wasn’t like my goal was to be an entrepreneur. What I realized is that actually creating software products could actually have the similar kind of public intellectual impact. And if it didn’t have as much of an impact as I’d like, maybe I could make enough money that I could then not need to fund myself through — I could essentially not need a salary and so, therefore, I could become a public intellectual writing myself. And so it was kind of a plan A and a plan B.