I’m here in Monterey, CA as TED2007 is about to kick off this
morning. I’ve attended for over 15
years and it’s been an influential part of my world on a lot of levels,
including first meeting Josh Kopelman through TED.
For those who don’t know much about TED, this CBS video is a great 8 minute overview. For any
interested TED history buffs, here is a great overview of the early days when Richard Saul
Wurman ran the conference, and TED has been taken to new heights under the
leadership of the current Curator Chris Anderson.
I had the pleasure and honor to work with the TED team in
2006 as part time Director of Strategic Partnerships. One of the things I’m most proud of is my
involvement with TEDTalks, and these great presentations and ideas are now made available to the world for free, made
possible by visionary sponsor BMW. According to this recent article in the New
York Times, TEDTalks have now been downloaded over 5.5 million times in
the 8 months since they’ve been released.
I also had a lot of fun with my first podcast interview by
longtime TEDster David Hornik in his VentureBlog podcast from the Fall 2006 Web 2.0 Conference, recorded in
the infamous First Round Capital Pavilion. A direct link to the podcast is here, and starting at the 1:01:45 mark you can hear June Cohen
from TED and I discuss TEDTalks, and David and his co-host Craig make an unabashed pitch for a BMW sponsorship of their own. Maybe David and BMW can connect here at TED…