Joi Ito

Venture Capitalist & Investor in Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter
Director of the MIT Media Lab



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Biography

Joi Ito combines exceptional academic and practical experience to offer an unmatched bird’s-eye view of technology. As the director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi knows better than anyone what new technologies are just over the horizon. Combine that with his unerring eye for the next big thing — he is a serial entrepreneur who helped start and run numerous companies including one of the first web companies in Japan, Digital Garage, and the first commercial Internet service provider in Japan, PSINet Japan/IIKK. He has been an early-stage investor in many companies, including Formlabs, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, and Twitter.

He is coauthor (with Jeff Howe) of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future. As everything digital is getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, we also have the Internet, Joi Ito (and Jeff Howe) have distilled nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving our faster future.

Ito is a Visiting Professor of Law from Practice at the Harvard Law School. He is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and serves on several other boards, including The New York Times Company, Sony Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation. He is also the former chairman and CEO of Creative Commons, and a former board member of ICANN, The Open Source Initiative, and The Mozilla Foundation.

He has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement, and he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, he received the IRI Medal. Ito has been awarded honorary doctorates from The New School and Tufts University.

Joi is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Honors

  • Time Magazine as a member of the "Cyber-Elite", 1997
  • One of the 50 "Stars of Asia" by BusinessWeek, 2000
  • Commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, 2000
  • One of World Economic Forum’s "Global Leaders for Tomorrow", 2001
  • Member of Newsweek’s "Leaders of The Pack" in 2005
  • Vanity Fair’s member of "The Next Establishment" in 2007
  • One of Businessweek’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web, 2008
  • One of Foreign Policy Magazine’s as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers", 2011
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom, 2011
  • One of Nikkei Business the 100 most influential people for the future of Japan, 2011 and 2012
  • The degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from The New School, 2013
  • Inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame on March 11, 2014
  • Awarded the Golden Plate Award by the Academy of Achievement, 2014
  • Awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Tufts University in 2015
  • Ranked #68 on The WorldPost/GDI - Global Thought Leaders Index, 2015
  • One of the GK100: Boston's 100 Most Influential People of Color, 2016
  • Wired UK as #44 in the 2016 Wired 100
  • Received the IRI Medal, 2017

Topics

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Joi tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Investment and Innovation

  • 9 Principles of the Media Lab
  • Innovation in Open Networks
  • For the Fun of It (Or, the Play in Great Work) | Wonderland Podcast
  • Emergent Democracy Revisited | PDF 13
  • Keynote | MIT Bitcoin Expo 2015
  • Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist" | TED

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