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Feb 13, 2013 08:05 PM
LinkedIn CEO gives 32GB iPad minis to all 3,500 employees
Christmas came very early (or very late) for employees of business networking site <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/05/11/linkedin.triumphant.apple.climbs.first.solar.googl e.gone/">LinkedIn</a>: CEO Jeff Weiner on Wednesday gave all 3,500 employees of the company <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-employees-jeff-weiner-ipad-mini-2013-2">their own 32GB iPad mini</a> during the usual biweekly "All Hands" meeting. The company said later the move was a "small gesture" to thank workers for their efforts and accomplishments in gratitude for their contributions. LinkedIn grew 81 percent year-over-year in 2012 and beat Wall Street estimates in the most recent quarter.<br /><br />The iPad minis have a practical use at the company beyond just being a reward: LinkedIn may opt to have employees use the devices to improve communication and workflows or develop apps for the LinkedIn service itself or just customized in-house apps for office functions. Weiner likely got the idea from a colleague, YouSendIt CEO Brad Garlinghouse: he gave his employees iPad minis <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279233==http://www.businessinsider.com/yousendit-ceo-brad-garlinghouse-just-gave-all-his-employees-an-ipad-mini-2012-12" rel='nofollow'>as their Christmas bonus</a>. The move would have cost LinkedIn some $1.5 million at retail pricing for the 32GB tablet.
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