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  1. While LinkedIn has done well as a pioneer in the provision of large-scale social network services for professionals it is these professionals that ‘make’ LinkedIn – fundamentally both the community and the service provider have developed a win-win relationship.
    It would be great to see that acknowledged by the founders through a version of ‘friends & family’ that allowed the LinkedIn community to take a real stake in the business that they use on a daily basis. It is possible that the capital that could be raised by an initial preferential offering to the community of LinkedIn members would be a moment in history for venture capital financing in partnership with communities.

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