Big Think

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Big Think
Type of site
Web portal
Created by Victoria Brown and Peter Hopkins
Launched 2007
Current status Active

Big Think is an Web portal that features interviews, multimedia presentations, and roundtable discussions with speakers from a range of fields.[1][2] The concept for Big Think, which has been described[by whom?] as a YouTube for ideas, was first developed by Victoria Brown (Co-Founder and CEO) and Peter Hopkins (Co-Founder and President).[3] The pair met while working together at PBS on the Charlie Rose show in 2006.[1] Among the initial investors in the project were Peter Thiel of PayPal, Tom Scott of Nantucket Nectars, television producer Gary David Goldberg, lead investor and venture capitalist David Frankel, and former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers.[1][4][5] As of July 2010, the site featured interviews with 3,000 people.


  1. ^ a b c Tim Arango (January 7, 2008). "Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  2. ^ Online Think Tank Big Think Launches New Multimedia Web Series Exploring Some of the Most Pressing Science and Medical Issues of our Time, Red Orbit, Aug 20, 2009
  3. ^ Ari Melber (March 31, 2008). "YouTube for Smart People". The Nation. Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  4. ^ Thelwell, Emma (Jan 9, 2008). "Larry Summers bets on Harvard's Big Think". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Wayne, Jim (January 30, 2008). "Big names, big ideas at Big Think (Interview with Founders)". Online Journalism Review. USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism / John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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