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Palm Springs only: Interview with Chris Hughes [Updated 6/25]

Posted by: Matthew Trost

Note from TED, 6/25: In light of issues surrounding Chris Hughes’ appearance at TED, we’ve decided to withdraw statements from the text of this interview which are misleading or may have been incorrect. Please see this blog entry for details.

Chris Hughes: My real big Internet claim to fame is the fact that I was first to jailbreak the iPhone. So that was the sort of big, awesome software. I’ve done some very interesting things, but that was the big deal.

I’ve done some things that had societal impact. The iPhone hack stuff changed the dynamic. It forced Apple to release SDKs, to change the path, to think broad. It’s really nice. I really worked hard to get this to work. And now there’s this entire ecosystem developing around it. It’s really satisfying. People say, “But you could make so much money!” But I do OK. It’s not about that.