It's a small business world after all

Professionals around the world face a growing imperative to communicate with one another to learn about business trends and advance their own careers. These online relationships between international businesspeople can speak volumes about the state of global commerce today.

As the world’s largest professional networking service, LinkedIn connects millions of businesses, working people and jobseekers. In the process, LinkedIn collects huge troves of information on workers around the world, their titles, workplaces, skill sets, aspirations and ambitions.

Hyperakt worked in collaboration with LinkedIn to mine this massive dataset in search of fascinating trends in global business. In this example, we mapped the numbers of LinkedIn members who work for small companies around the world. The project illuminates some of the key differences between entrepreneurial economies and those more dominated by large corporations or state enterprises.