How a RadioShack Computer and AOL Viruses Led to the Creation of GroupMe

I got exposed to computers in elementary school, where I learned to type and play games like Oregon Trail. I quickly fell in love with technology and unsuccessfully asked my mom for a home computer. I begged and begged and begged, and finally my mom broke down and got me a 25 MHz Tandy computer from RadioShack when I… » 8/16/12 1:30pm 8/16/12 1:30pm

Talk to the Man Who Led Curiosity to the Surface of Mars: Adam Steltzner

By now you probably know his story: he's the man who went from sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll to science'n'engineering, from playing the bass guitar in the Bay Area to the genius who led Curiosity to the surface of Mars, turning seven minutes of terror into total triumph. » 8/14/12 12:40pm 8/14/12 12:40pm

How Craig Newmark Went from Craigslist Creator to Internet Do-Gooder

Craigstlist: it's the place we find apartments, pets, and love connections. Started by its namesake, Craig Newmark, in 1995 as an emailed newsletter circulated among friends, it's grown to become the proxy classifieds page for people all over the world. Craig isn't running things there anymore, but he's still very… » 8/09/12 11:00am 8/09/12 11:00am

Talk to the Man Who Drives the $2.6 Billion-Dollar Mars Curiosity Rover

Matt Heverly has one of the coolest jobs in the Solar System: he drives rovers. On Mars. He drove NASA's Opportunity rover for four years and now he's getting ready for the biggest mission in the history of NASA's planetary exploration—driving the $2.6-billion car-sized Curiosity rover after it lands this Sunday (I… » 8/02/12 2:30pm 8/02/12 2:30pm

The Technology That Turned Joe Quesada into a Legendary Comic Book…

Joe Quesada is Marvel Comics' Chief Creative Officer, and one of the most respected artists in comics. But he's also a tech geek at heart, and here's what got him started. » 7/31/12 4:50pm 7/31/12 4:50pm

First Comes the Dream at the American Museum of Natural History: An…

There's a spirit of imagination that we all have as children. At a certain point, it can fade. But those dreams and aspirations never become less crucial to innovation, and that's why, last night, we brought together some of the greatest minds in science and technology in New York City to collectively remind… » 7/20/12 12:15pm 7/20/12 12:15pm

Monster-Hating Nuns and Arrowheads in LA: How Mike Novacek Became a…

You probably don't know Mike Novacek by name, but he's one of the most important paleontologists in the world. If you ever yearned to go off into the wilderness and hunt down dinosaur fossils as a kid, Mike Novacek is living your dream. » 7/18/12 1:00pm 7/18/12 1:00pm

How Steve Wozniak Became the Genius Who Invented the Personal Computer

You all know Steve Wozniak. If you're using a computer today is partly because this man created some really awesome things. You know, like changing the world with the other Steve. He's here now to answer your questions about what made him take his path. » 7/17/12 1:00pm 7/17/12 1:00pm

Why Dave Winer Invented the Blog

If you're reading these lines it's because of this man. He's Dave Winer, the inventor of blogs and RSS syndication, two of the backbones of the web. Often controversial, always challenging, this is the story of what got him inspired to do it all: » 7/16/12 10:40am 7/16/12 10:40am

Alexis Ohanian, The Guy Who Created Reddit Is Here—Ask Him Anything

If you've clicked on one of those "meme" things lately or watched a video of something happening, there's a good chance it meandered its way through Reddit, one of the most massively influential websites, ever. Come talk to its daddy. » 7/13/12 1:03pm 7/13/12 1:03pm

What Inspired the Creation of Foursquare?

Dennis Crowley is the reason people "check in" today. He's the reason you can actually write check in without quotes. Crowley went from an aimless tech startup refugee to the Mayor of all Foursquare, the little app that's changed geography. » 7/12/12 4:40pm 7/12/12 4:40pm

Kevin Mitnick, the World's Most Notorious Hacker, Is Here to Talk About…

Kevin Mitnick was one of the first internationally known hackers, one of the early wizards who struck the fear of the gods in the machine into regular people. He hacked Los Angeles, Motorola, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, and Fujitsu Siemens before finally being caught by the FBI. » 7/11/12 1:45pm 7/11/12 1:45pm

What Was It? Tales of Inspiration From the World's Most Awe-Inspiring…

Technology is how we change the world around us; science is how we seek to understand it. Some people ignore, others dabble. And then there are the rare ones who revolutionize. The visionaries and big thinkers. The long-workers and midnight oil-burners. Some discover new worlds and novel technologies; others invent… » 7/11/12 1:00pm 7/11/12 1:00pm