Nicholas Negroponte is a co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, which he directed for its first 20 years. A graduate of MIT, Mr. Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. In 2005, he founded the nonprofit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world.
In the private sector, Mr. Negroponte served on the board of directors of Motorola for 15 years and was general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has personally provided startup funds for more than 40 companies, including Zagats and Wired magazine. Mr. Negroponte is author of the 1995 best seller “Being Digital,” which has been translated into more than 40 languages.
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