Jason Pontin FRSA is an editor, journalist and publisher.
Pontin is the editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review, a media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose print and electronic media describe emerging technologies and explain their impact. As publisher and editor in chief, he is responsible for all the business and media of the world's oldest technology publication. Under Pontin's leadership, Technology Review has won many awards and has itself introduced a variety of important innovations to publishing.
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 magazine about the life sciences that he founded.
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, and is a frequent guest on broadcast, public, and cable television news. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Pontin was born in London, raised in Northern California, and educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.
How Innovation Works
Drawing upon a wealth of examples from business, the military and intelligence, and the arts and media, Jason Pontin describes how promising new ideas and inventions become actual innovations with real value - and suggests some lessons from organizations that have fostered a culture of perpetual innovation.
The 10 Most Important New Technologies of 2010
Jason Pontin describes the ten emerging technologies of 2010 that have the greatest promise to disrupt existing markets, create entirely new industries - and expand human possibilities.
How to Save Media
Most people think that newspapers and magazines are dying because the business models that sustained them for 300 years are disappearing. It's true that publications that can't adapt to modern electronic media will vanish. But there are plenty of smart editors and publishers who understand the new technologies and business strategies that will sustain the publications of the future. Jason Pontin explains how to create a profitable media business for the 21st century.
Miracle Innovations in Energy
The human race knows only one way to create cheap energy: burning hydrocarbons like coal, gas, and oil. But burning those compounds produces the gasses contribute to global warming. Somehow, by 2050, the planet will have to double or triple its energy production, and significantly reduce greenhouse gasses. What we need are miraculous breakthroughs in energy production that are simultaneously as cheap as hydrocarbons and much cleaner. Fortunately, smart researchers in industry, academia, and even venture philanthropy know what some of those breakthroughs will be. Jason Pontin describes the energy technologies of the 21st century, and explains what will be necessary to make them reality.