Using Silicon Valley Tactics, LinkedIn’s Founder Is Working to Blunt Trump
Mr. Hoffman is motivated by a sense that people are morally obliged to participate in civic society, said Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley investor and a founder of the digital payments company PayPal.
Mr. Hoffman decided the tech industry had to confront the challenges created by social networks, including their potential to undermine democracy.
In the spring, Mr. Hoffman convened a small group of tech leaders to dine with Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, at the Rosewood Hotel in Menlo Park, Calif.
The group, which got its public start in July, is led by Mark Pincus, a friend of Mr. Hoffman’s and a founder of the mobile game company Zynga.
Mr. Hoffman said he would judge his investments in civic-change start-ups by their ability to affect society, not by any financial return.