Chris Anderson (entrepreneur)

Chris Anderson (Entrepreneur)

Chris Anderson (entrepreneur)

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Chris Anderson (born 1957) is the curator of the set of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences held in the US, Asia and Europe each year. Previously he founded Future Publishing.

Life and career

Anderson was born in Pakistan in 1957, one of three children. His parents were medical missionaries, and he spent most of his early life in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. He studied at a boarding school in the Himalayan mountains of India, Woodstock School, before moving to a boarding school in Bath, England. At Oxford University, he studied Physics, then changed to Politics, Philosophy and Economics, to eventually graduate in 1978.

Anderson began a career in journalism, working on local newspapers, then producing a world news service in the Seychelles, and later working as an editor first on Personal Computer Games, then on Zzap!64, both early computer magazines. In 1985 he launched a publishing company devoted initially to hobbyist computer magazines. Future Publishing (based in Somerton and then Bath, UK) rapidly grew, expanding into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, going public in 1999. In 1994 Anderson moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and continued to launch magazines including Business 2.0. Future grew to more than 130 magazines and more than 1,500 employees.

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