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Nicholas Negroponte is a founder and was the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's uniquely innovative Media Laboratory.
The 23-year-old Media Lab, an interdisciplinary, multimillion dollar research center of unparalleled intellectual and technological resources, is focused exclusively on study and experimentation with future forms of human communication from entertainment to education. Programs include: Television of Tomorrow, School of the Future, Information and Entertainment Systems, and Holography. Media Lab research is supported by federal contracts as well as by more than 75 corporations worldwide. Negroponte is also co-founder and back-page columnist for Wired Magazine.
Negroponte studied at MIT, where as a graduate student he specialized in the then-new field of computer-aided design. He joined MIT’s faculty in 1966, and for several years divided his teaching time between MIT and visiting professorships at Yale, Michigan, and the University of California at Berkeley.
Negroponte sits on several boards, including Motorola, Velti , and privately-held Ambient Devices. He is also on the advisory board of TTI/Vanguard. He has invested in more than 30 startup companies over the last 30 years, including Zagats, Wired, Ambient Devices, Skype and Velti. In August 2007, he was appointed to a five-member special committee with the objective of assuring the continued journalistic and editorial integrity and independence of the Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones & Company publications and services.