Investor; Co-Founder, MIT Media Lab; Founder, One Laptop Per Child
Nicholas Negroponte is an angel investor and pioneer in computer-aided design. A member of the MIT faculty since 1966, he co-founded MIT Media Lab in 1985 and directed it for its first 20 years. In 2005, he founded the nonprofit One Laptop per Child. Negroponte served on Motorola’s board of directors for 15 years and was general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has personally provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Zagats and Wired magazine. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, as well as 13 since, and authored the 1995 best-seller, Being Digital.