Inspiring Presentations by Tech Industry Leaders

Inspiring Presentations by Tech Industry Leaders

Mike Tyson
Aug 24, 2011

With a lot of new tech companies, it's rare you get to see the face behind the site or product. Luckily organizations, conferences, universities, blogs, do a nice job at corralling some of these mysterious people and giving them a chance to talk about who they are, the product they deliver, where they see themselves in the future, and more. We've pulled some interesting videos from around the net which hopefully show a diversity of opinions but also reinforce some universal goals for the future of technology and communication.

Mark Zuckerberg @ FGV

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to students about his journey making Facebook what it is today and where he sees it in the future. There is a long question and answer period afterwards where the audience can get candid responses from Mark. Unfortunately his famed awkwardness shines through in this video as well.

Jack Dorsey @ Stanford

Jack Dorsey is the Co-Founder of Square and Twitter. In this video he talks about his background as well as what he sees to be the overall mission for Twitter and where the future will be taking it. An informative Q&A also follows his presentation.

Moot @ Ted

This has been one of the more interesting Ted talks we've seen. Perhaps not because the presentation was particularly the most engaging or inspiring, but because the context in which it was presented was incredibly refreshing. Christopher "moot" Poole, for those who don't know, is the creator of web controversy 4chan responsible for all things memes, Anonymous, and general internet and IRL pranking. Moot speaks about his push for anonymous relations in the web and its potential to bring about important change and ideas. The talk is short but it was a controversial move by Ted to bring someone of his background on. The long discussion on the Ted webpage is also worth reading and participating in.

Steve Jobs @ Stanford

Jobs's classic graduation speech at Standford University for the class of 2005. This has been quoted and referenced numerous times — and for good reason. It's an inspiring speech and one that still feels extremely relevant 6 years later. If you haven't seen it in its entirety we highly recommend you doing so.

Dieter Rams @ Victoria & Albert Museum

Dieter Rams is the famous industrial designer responsible for the golden age at Braun, the German electronics company. He ushered in a completely fresh and minimalist aesthetic, pioneering the phrase "less but better." This video is really for the design aficionados where we get a chance to see Rams speak at length about his ethos and the future of design.

Paul Graham @ Startup School

Paul Graham is founder of the ingenious and wildly popular Y Combinator organization which has helped fund hundrends of successful technology startups. In this half hour presentation he gives a brief glimpse at what takes it takes to start a successful company. There is a question and answer session at the end which you should probably stick around for to hear a particularly bold gentleman debate one of Paul's earlier points in his presentation.

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan @ CreativeMornings

Ok, ok. Although Maxwell hasn't helped invent one of the most popular social networks on the planet, he has established quite an impressive collection of blogs which millions enjoy. In his CreativeMornings talk, hosted by the brilliant Tina over at Swiss Miss, Maxwell recounts his humble beginnings and the process of building Apartment Therapy to what it is today.

Sergey Brin @ Berkeley

In this quiet video Google co-founder Sergey Brin gives a talk to students at Berkeley. The talk can get a bit technical and specific which might make it better suited for engineers and programmers but it is still very enlightening to see one of the most powerful figures online speak about the web and Google's development.

(Image: Flickr member Better Than Bacon licensed for use by Creative Commons.)

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