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A lesson in networking

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The person responsible for all those annoying LinkedIn requests we get? That’d be Reid Hoffman, the venture capitalist cofounder of the social network site for businesspeople. This week, Hoffman spoke to students and faculty at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and suggested that networking is about more than the means to an end. The Harvard Crimson quoted Hoffman as saying: “We should be asking questions like, ‘How can we dance together?’ rather than, ‘How can this person be a useful asset to me?’ ’’

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