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Joi Ito (2015)

Joichi Ito is in charge of international and mobility development for Technorati. He is founder and CEO of Neoteny, a venture capital firm which is the lead investor in Six Apart, and is on the board of Creative Commons. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage, and Infoseek Japan. In 1997, Time Magazine ranked him as a member of the CyberElite. In 2000 he was ranked among the “50 Stars of Asia” by Business Week and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. In 2001 the World Economic Forum chose him as one of the 100 “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” for 2002. He was appointed as a member of Howard Dean’s Net Advisory Net during the Dean campaign.

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About the Joi Ito Interview

My short bio:
I'm Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab. I helped started a bunch of Internet companies in Japan including the first commercial ISP. I’ve been CEO of Creative Commons, an investor in a bunch of startups including Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits and Formlabs, was a DJ at the Smart Bar and the LimeLight in Chicago in the 80s, I never completed college (dropped out twice) and I’m one of Timothy Leary’s godchildren.

At the Media Lab I'm interested in "antidisciplinary" research, drawing from design, software, electronics, art, biology, and economics to approach big problems. Our professors and students conduct research on everything from digital currencies, to synthetic biology, to human augmentation. Along those lines, I'm co-chairing the Solid conference, which focuses on the intersection between physical and virtual.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/Joi/status/601990628013047808
For you old school people: http://imgur.com/9zX2TP4

As an added bonus O'Reilly is offering a discount to the Solid Conference on June 23rd-25th in San Francisco. Use discount code REDDIT for 20% off. You can see other O'Reilly IoT materials, reports, and conversations at

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Here I am! I’m starting to answer questions now. This is a new reddit handle; the only questions I won’t answer are what my usual handle is and what subreddits I read :)

Thanks everyone for the great questions. Sorry I couldn’t get to them all! I'll check back later in case there are any other interesting questions, but I'm signing off for now.

Joi Ito May 29, 2015