David Karp, Founder & CEO, Tumblr
in conversation with Steven LevyBreak: 10:30 - 11:00 EDT
Tumblr founder David Karp briefly attended the Bronx High School of Science before dropping out at age 15. An internship at Frederator Studios led to a gig as head of product at UrbanBaby. When CNET acquired the site in 2005, Karp started his own website development agency, Davidville, where he created and launched the blogging platform Tumblr in 2007. Pointedly based in New York City, not Silicon Valley, Tumblr now boasts more than 180 million blogs. The site was acquired by Yahoo in 2013 but continues to operate independently. Karp has been recognized as one of the “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs” by Bloomberg Businessweek and one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by Technology Review.
Steven Levy has been covering the digital revolution for more than 25 years. Before joining WIRED in 2008, he was chief technology correspondent at Newsweek. He is the author of seven books, most recently the New York Times best seller In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Other books include Insanely Great, on the history of Apple's Macintosh computer, and Hackers, which was named the best tech book of the PC era by PC Magazine.