SIR HAROLD EVANS
Author, "They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators
WILLIAM J. BAUMOL
Academic Director, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, New York University Stern School of Business
Moderator: TOM STANDAGE
Digital Editor, The Economist
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Wiliam J. Baumol
William J. Baumol is academic director at the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the New York University Stern School of Business.
Sir Harold Evans
Harold Evans was the editor of the Sunday Times and the Times (and earlier of the Northern Echo and assistant editor of the Manchester Evening News). A graduate of Durham University, he has written a number of best selling histories. He followed the late Alistair Cooke in commentaries on America for the BBC. He holds the British Press Awards' Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement of Journalists. In 2001 British journalists voted him the all-time greatest British newspaper editor. He was knighted in 2004.
Tom Standage is digital editor at The Economist, where he oversees the magazine’s business, finance, science and technology coverage.
He is the author of five history books, including An Edible History of Humanity (2009); A History of the World in Six Glasses (2005), a New York Times bestseller; and The Victorian Internet (1998), described by the Wall Street Journal as a "dot-com cult classic." Tom has written for other publications, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times and Wired, and is a regular commentator on BBC radio.
He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University.
Author Sir Harold Evans and professor William J. Baumol discuss the key ingredients to technological innovation by highlighting the successful careers of Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs. "Innovation is actually very, very much more than technology, or discovery, or science," says Evans.