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After 11 incredible years at TED -- for which I'll always be grateful -- I’ve moved on to pursue several creative, entrepreneurial opportunities at the frontier of media. I’m in the midst of launching a media start-up, along with my partner Deron Triff (Former Head of Media Partners for TED, e.g., TED Radio Hour, TED Books, TED on Netflix, etc.). We consider ourselves a content incubator, focused on launching formula-defying media properties that can thrive across platforms. We’re at work on a VR series with Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin, an audio series with TED and Audible (featuring anonymous TED talks), and several other series that haven’t been announced. Previously, as Executive Producer of TED Media, I was responsible for bringing the TED Conference online. I joined TED as employee #5, and built their digital media operations from the ground up, launching TEDTalks in 2006, in 2007, and the TED Open Translation Project in 2009. When I left, TEDTalks were being watched 1 billion times each year. I'm continually amazed by this, and grateful for the generosity (from speakers, staff, supporters) that made it possible. I was also part of the core teams that launched TED Radio Hour with NPR (2012), TED Books with Simon & Schuster (2014) and the TEDWomen conference with Pat Mitchell and the Paley Center (2010). I also co-produced and co-hosted the annual flagship TED Conference with Chris Anderson, and worked directly with speakers to develop their talks for the TED stage. My overall career has focused on the intersection of media and technology. Previous to TED, I was VP of Content at, the pioneering website from Wired Magazine, which introduced many of the conventions now commonplace online (from ad banners to the concept of "membership" to discussion threads around news stories). In the early 90s, while a student, I led the Stanford team that developed the world’s first networked multimedia magazine - a pioneering project that gave me my first real taste of invention. I also served as Editor in Chief of The Stanford Daily - an independent student newspaper where I learned the craft of journalism.

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Chinua Achebe: Some reflections


Chinua Achebe: Some reflections


The world lost one of its literary giants today. Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe has died at the age 82. For Nigerians, Achebe was a national treasure. He was the first African writer to attract international acclaim, and an outspoken leader with far-reaching influence on both politics and culture. Emeka Okafor, who produced the TEDGlobal conference in []


TEDTalks: 5 years and 500 million served


On June 27, 2006, we flipped the switch on TEDTalks, bringing talks from TED to the world for the first time. It was early days for online video — YouTube was just a year old; the video iPod had been around for six months — so we launched with six talks and modest goals, and []

Live from TEDWomen

TEDWomen: Join the conversation


Our announcement last week of TEDWomen has touched off some really vibrant conversations online. Some have embraced the idea; others have reservations. At TED, we’ve been reading with interest and weighing in on occasion. After reading a number of blog posts and articles, I thought I’d take a moment to weigh in here, and clarify []


Q&A with Chef Dan Barber: Can organic farming feed the world?


At TED2010, Chef Dan Barber drew a standing ovation with his unlikely love story about fish: sustainably farmed, outrageously delicious fish, which offers a model for the future of food production. A key figure in the farm-to-table movement, Dan occupies an unusual space as chef-scholar: His op/eds appear regularly in The New York Times and []

New insight on an ancient disease: Malaria, like HIV, came from chimps


At TED2009, Stanford Professor and virus hunter Nathan Wolfe explained that most human diseases — AIDS, SARS, swine flu — originally came from animals. Today, Wolfe and his team announced an intriguing discovery that throws new light on an ancient disease, and provides new hope for its cure: Malaria, long believed to have evolved with []

Live from TEDGlobal

TEDGlobal Day 1: Quotes of the Day


“Imagine if we could combine the power of a global ethic with our new power to communicate and organize globally.” – UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown “Next time you see someone in a Ferrari, don’t think: ‘They’re greedy.” Think: “This is someone incredibly vulnerable and in need of love.” – Alain De Botton, on the []


Unveiling: TED's plans for subtitles, transcripts, translations


Last week at TED2009, we unveiled the next phase of, which will bring TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world. The new features — slated to launch next month — will bring subtitles and interactive transcripts to all the talks, and will allow anyone, anywhere, to translate any talk into any language. Rather than simply translate []

Announcing the winner of the TED Pumpkin Prize


The winner receives $1, and more important — a wish to change something in the office. They were encouraged to think big (but cheap). Our amazing video team took time out from the Big Re-Upload to snag the prize with Joe the Encoder (left). We didn’t catch their wish, actually. Maybe next year.

UPDATED: Photo of one of the world's last "uncontacted" tribes


If you’ve seen Wade Davis’s unforgettable 2004 TED Talk — where he evokes the magic of the world’s cultural diversity, and speaks so eloquently about the alarming rate with which cultures and languages are dying — then you might find this photo as heart-stopping as I did. It’s so surreal, I thought at first it []

Opening the TED archive (beginning with Negroponte, circa 1984)


Today we’re throwing open the door to our back archive, beginning with Nicholas Negroponte’s talk from TED 1. Yes, TED 1. 1984. TED’s co-founders, Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks, had the foresight to record every conference he held. And I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to see the full archive for the first []

TED2008: Days 3 and 4 in Quotes


Photos: Andrew Heavens “Imagine Martin Luther King saying, ‘I have a dream … But I don’t know if the others will buy it.’” – Boston Philharmonic conductor Ben Zander, on the importance of persuasive leadership “Human progress depends on unreasonable people. Reasonable people accept the world as they meet it; unreasonable people persist in trying []