Full Interview with Jeff Hoffman
Full Interview with Jeff Hoffman
36 minutes 3 seconds
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Interview with Founder of Priceline.com

Jeff Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur in the internet, technology, and entertainment industries. He has founded, co-founded, and been the CEO of numerous start-ups and larger companies, and has led his companies through acquisitions and public offerings (Priceline.com, uBid.com, CTI, and others).

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Jeff was inducted into the Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame by the CEO Council, and as a board member of numerous international entrepreneurship organizations he travels the world mentoring & speaking to entrepreneurs globally (Egypt, Malaysia, Peru, Algeria, Spain, and more).

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Currently, Jeff is a co-founder and partner at ColorJar, the Idea Accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. Jeff has produced feature films (Cabin Fever), hosted music concerts and tours (Elton John, Boyz II Men, others), and sponsored charity events (NSYNC, Evander Holyfield, others), and serves on boards of both businesses and non-profits in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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For more on Jeff Hoffman, check out his writing on UNREASONABLE.is here

 

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  • Zintia Martinez

    Really interesting that he was not even thinking about entrepreneurship and now he is the expert. Great sense of humor. I am glad to know that now he is helping other to get grow their business. I hope successful people in busies like him can mentor others the same way he is doing it.

  • ali Alamri

    Priceline is becoming very major website not only in the U.S. but in the rest of world. The reason of that because most people want to take the cheapest services such as hotels room or fight Tickets.. etc

  • adrianaferreyra04

    Great video. Funny yet successful entrepreneur. I would love to hear more from him. I encourage him to speak more often and share his knowledge with the rest of the world.

  • KE7JLM

    Seems like a cool guy, he excels in all the fields he applies himself to. Truelly a role model

    I am not sure how people booked hotels before priceline and all the other hotel site existed.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    Jeff seems like a really funny guy! The story he told really kept me drawn in and proved a tremendous point. I think it’s great that he moved on from his job just because he wanted the freedom/independence to be the one calling the shots. People that “want” it so bad that they quit their job to go out and “get” it are going to end up successful without a doubt. Being able to control your life by making your own decisions, doing as you please, and trying new things is a nice feeling.

  • GSonDUBS

    Great advice! I am recruiting my team for my startup right now, I found a guy who is very valuable towards my business, but I have a hard time getting him on my team, because I can’t figure out what his goal is. (He doesn’t really have one) Other members that have joined my team, all started slightly skeptical, but as soon as I realized what their goals were and I explain how I could help them achieve that, I quickly would get their buy-ins.

  • DuchAM21

    I really enjoyed this video, especially Jeff’s sense of humor. i thought that Jeff’s response to his boss was funny, but also a response that was “outside of the box”. I think many entrepreneurs must be original and think outside of the box. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but for someone like Jeff who wanted more freedom, and has the right attitude, it is a great opportunity.

  • Agreed with you! Jeff = the best!

  • Thanks @GSonDubs for sharing this lesson learned! Do you think your greatest obstacle with hiring this new teammate is that he doesn’t know what he wants or what would you say it is?

  • GSonDUBS

    I believe he has an idea on what he wants, but he is definitely not 100% certain. What I also realized is we can’t always provide what others want. If that is the case, I believe we just have to move on and find another one. :p

    What do you think Cat?

  • Bryan Parrish

    As he spoke, a lot of what he said hit home. From the time I was a kid, it seemed the world was against me. My parents and friends were great, but it was like the whole system was against me. In school, I was bored because the work was mundane and I was never inspired to work. Like Jeff, my high school was big and all they cared about were sports. I wan in the band and they were underfunded but were in the top 20 in the country; because we worked hard, and our director worked us hard, to reach that goal.

    What I took from this is that the system is created to hold you down, and those who rise up and overcome the fallacies that are presented to us, become the rock-stars of the business world. People like Jeff inspire me to keep on fighting and to strive for what I want to do.

  • jvlewis1

    I heard that the amusement park business was competitive. I always wanted to create one because I wish that amusement parks had the right things in them but also be extremely safe. Six Flags is good but ever since I heard about all the stories of malfunctions and fatalities, it’s scary to go and it makes me feel like they are cursed. Plus, my amusement park will be the best. But one thing is true, no matter what anyone says or how hard it may be to achieve my goals, if I want it bad enough it will get done!

  • Sara Fuller

    This guy was so easy to listen too! Great Stuff. He defiantly knows how to block out the haters. Very inspirational!

  • catec18

    This interview was amazing! I agree so much with Jeff especially his last point. For myself personally, that is one of the hardest parts of going into the Higher Education and Student Affairs field. No one in my family really knows what’s going on or how to help me so a lot of the responses I get are “good luck” or “let me know how it goes” and I know they mean well, but it doesn’t feel like they understand or that they support me very much. That’s why I feel so lucky to have mentors and people I can talk with to discuss my goals and dreams. I also love what he said to his guidance counselor, “that’s probably because you keep telling them that.” It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “Positive things happen to positive people.” I feel like the least she could have done was help him figure out what he had to do to get into Yale!

  • Sara Fuller

    It is funny to think how everyone in high school only cares about sports but most of the time the people who are changing and helping the world are the ones interested in school subjects.