Nicholas Negroponte is best known as the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, and also known as the founder of The One Laptop per Child association (OLPC).
Negroponte was born to Dimitri John Negroponte, a Greek shipping magnate, December 1, 1943. He grew up in New York City’s Upper East Side. He is the younger brother of John Negroponte, ex-United States Deputy Secretary of State.
He attended many schools, including Buckley (NYC), Le Rosey (Switzerland) and Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut where he graduated in 1961. Subsequently, he studied at MIT as both an undergraduate and graduate student in Architecture where his research focused on issues of computer-aided design. He earned a Master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1966.
“Computing is not about computers any more.
It is about living.”
Negroponte is an active angel investor and has invested in over 30 startup companies over the last 30 years, including Zagats, Wired, Ambient Devices, Skype and Velti. He has sat on several boards, including Motorola (listed on the New York Stock Exchange) and Velti (listed on the NASDAQ and formerly on the London Stock Exchange ).