Nicholas Negroponte is a software acrhitect and educator. He 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.
Negroponte attended several schools in the US and Europe, including Buckley (NYC), Le Rosey (Switzerland) and Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut where he graduated in 1961. He then 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 has invested in over 30 startup companies over the last 30 years, including Zagats, Wired, Ambient Devices, Skype and others. He has sat on several boards, including Motorola and Velti.