||It has been suggested that this article be merged with MIT Technology Review. (Discuss) Proposed since December 2016.|
Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review.
May 11, 1967 |
|Residence||Boston, United States|
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 American editor, journalist, and publisher.
From 1996 to 2002, Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication that was popular during the dot-com boom. From 2002 to 2004, he was the editor of The Acumen Journal, a now-defunct magazine he founded about the life sciences.
Pontin is the editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global organization of technology entrepreneurs. He was hired as the editor of Technology Review (as it was then known) in July 2004, and in August 2005 was named publisher. Pontin is engaged in what the Boston Globe has described as a "strategic overhaul" of Technology Review, whose goal is to make the venerable magazine (est. 1899) into a largely electronic publishing company. 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."
Pontin has written for many national and international magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The Believer Magazine, and Wired. In February, 2013, he delivered a TED Talk in Long Beach, California, "Can Technology solve our big problems?"
In 2015, under Pontin's leadership, MIT Technology Review produced a four-day conference called "Solve" 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, but as an ongoing initiative, Solve is intended to discover, evaluate, and accelerate plausible solutions to a range of global problems.
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