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LinkedIn factoids from Guy Kawasaki

January 7, 2007

thomkras

I still have my autographed copy of Guy Kawasaki’s book, The Macintosh Way, from the early ’90s. Back then, I was volunteering 20 hours a week as the president of the local Macintosh users group, the Boulder Mac Maniacs, and Guy was a demigod walking amongst us. We adored him.

I’m glad to see Guy is still out there evangelizing, although now it’s more for LinkedIn and the whole Entrepreneur 3.0 phenomena. He doesn’t cite his sources, but here are some significant-sounding statistics he quotes on LinkedIn…

“The average number of LinkedIn connections for people who work at Google is forty-seven.”   

“The average number for Harvard Business School grads is fifty-eight, so you could skip the MBA, work at Google, and probably get most of the connections you need. Later, you can hire Harvard MBAs to prepare your income taxes.”

“People with more than twenty connections are thirty-four times more likely to be approached with a job opportunity than people with less than five.”

“All 500 of the Fortune 500 are represented in LinkedIn. In fact, 499 of them are represented by director-level and above employees…”

These stats are just the preface to Guy’s blog article on Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn. Enjoy.

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