Entrepreneurs We Love…Because They Inspire Us

Courtesy TED
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For making us a little smarter

Chris Anderson, 53
New York City

For four days each spring, about 1,500 of the world’s deepest thinkers gather in Long Beach, California, for the annual TED Conference, at which they discuss the ideas and technologies that will change the world. But since the first TED Conference, in 1984, the only people privy to this unusually diverse exchange of ideas were those who were lucky enough to be invited to the event. Chris Anderson changed that. Since 2001, his mission has been to infuse TED with what he calls radical openness. In 2006 TED began broadcasting the talks online for free. "We suddenly have this global laboratory in the skill of spreading ideas," he says. Read the full story.
—Issie Lapowsky