Jason Pontin

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Jason Pontin
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Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review.
Born (1967-05-11) May 11, 1967 (age 49)
London, England
Residence Boston, United States
Nationality British
Education Harrow School,
University of Oxford
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford
Occupation Editor, journalist, and publisher
Employer MIT Technology Review

Jason Matthew Daniel Pontin (born May 11, 1967) is an English editor, journalist, and publisher. He is the editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, a role he has held since 2005.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Pontin was born on May 11, 1967 in London, to a British father, Anthony Charles Pontin, and a South African mother, Elaine Howells.[2] He was raised in Northern California but educated in England, at Harrow School[3] and Oxford University.[4]


From 1996 to 2002, Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication.[5] From 2002 to 2004, he was the editor of The Acumen Journal, a now-defunct magazine he founded about the life sciences.[6]

Pontin is Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global organization of technology entrepreneurs.[7] He was hired as the editor of Technology Review in July 2004,[8] and in August 2005 was named publisher. Pontin engaged in what the Boston Globe has described as a "strategic overhaul" of Technology Review, whose goal is to make the magazine into a largely electronic publishing company.[9] In October 2012, he renamed the organization MIT Technology Review and relaunched it as a "digital-first enterprise". AdWeek commented that "Pontin and MIT Technology Review could set the standard for the transition to a digital future for legacy media."[10]

Pontin has written for national and international magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times,[11] The Economist, The Financial Times,[12] The Boston Globe,[13] The Believer Magazine,[14] and Wired.[15] In February, 2013, he delivered a TED Talk in Long Beach, California, "Can Technology solve our big problems?"[16]

In 2015, under Pontin's leadership, MIT Technology Review produced a four-day conference called "Solve"[17] that addressed many of the questions raised in his 2013 TED Talk. The 2015 event convened leaders in philanthropy, business, technology, and policy to discuss specific challenges in health care, education, resources, and infrastructure.[18] Pontin's Facebook post musing about a $33 price tag for two cappucinos at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas got picked as the Number of the Day by the San Francisco Chronicle with a theory on why being "Because they’re made by genetically engineered dwarves in suits of golden armor and management is passing on the cost to the consumer".[19]

He has engaged in a long-running dispute with Aubrey de Grey regarding de Grey's assertion that it will become possible to reverse many aspects of aging. Pontin has written that he considers some aspects of this pseudo-science;[20] Aubrey has responded vigorously, and the dispute has persisted for at least a decade.[21][22]


  1. ^ http://news.mit.edu/2005/techreview
  2. ^ http://www.1820settlers.com/genealogy/settlerbrowsemarrs.php?name=HOWELLS
  3. ^ "Directory profile". Harrow Association. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Jason Pontin | World Economic Forum". Weforum.org. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  5. ^ Kurtz, Howard (18 May 2001). "For the Press, Too, a Fall From the Hypes". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  6. ^ Michael Liedtke (2003-05-13). "Ex-Red Herring Editor Set to Launch Mag - The Edwardsville Intelligencer". Theintelligencer.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  7. ^ "MIT Technology Review". Technologyreview.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  8. ^ "M.I.T. Technology Review Adopts More Serious Tone". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  9. ^ "MIT tech journal getting new publisher, overhaul - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  10. ^ Warzel, Charlie (2012-10-24). "MIT Technology Review Relaunches 'Digital-First'". Adweek.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  11. ^ "From Many Tweets, One Loud Voice on the Internet". The New York Times. 22 April 2007. 
  12. ^ "Imitators take note — Steve Jobs was more than a showman". Ft.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.  (subscription required)
  13. ^ "A good meal, unexpected, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  14. ^ "The Believer - Dawit Giorgis: An Oral History". Believermag.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  15. ^ "The Micro-Multinational". Wired.com. 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  16. ^ "Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems? | TED Talk". TED.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  17. ^ "Solve". Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  18. ^ "Solving the world's great challenges". news.mit.edu. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  19. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Coffee-overpriced-Playboy-underdressed-10932405.php
  20. ^ https://www.technologyreview.com/s/404453/the-sens-challenge/
  21. ^ https://www.technologyreview.com/s/403617/aubrey-de-grey-responds/
  22. ^ https://rejuvenaction.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/why-so-much-hostility-towards-sens/

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