MITEF Innovation Insights with Joi Ito, Director MIT Media Labs Part I - May 21, 2012

The new Director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito, is interviewed by Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center on his insights about driving and managing innovation. Watch all three parts of the interview.

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Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito is board chair (and former CEO) of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of the Knight Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS, and Global Voices. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in more than 40 companies, including Flickr, Six Apart,, Kongregate, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s “Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web.” In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2012, he was named to the board of directors of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Tim Rowe is the Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center ( CIC is one of the largest facilities in the US dedicated to housing startup technology companies. CIC has won Boston Magazine’s “Best Place to Work” award, and houses approximately 485 startup companies today. In addition to his role with CIC, Tim is a Venture Partner and member of the investment committee of New Atlantic Ventures. Mr. Rowe is particularly interested in consumer-facing technology products with mass-market potential. Previously, Tim has served as a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group and an analyst with the Mitsubishi Research Institute. Tim speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently. Tim holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BA from Amherst College.

Video by Kevin Wiant