Richard Saul Wurman      Harry Marks

How did a one-off conference about technology, entertainment, and design become a viral video phenomenon and a worldwide community of passionate people?

TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman's observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment, and design. The first TED, which he co-founded with Harry Marks, failed and lost money. Not until 1990 that both Richard and Harry tried again, since that time The TED Conference became an annual event in Monterey, California, attracting a growing and influential audience from many different discipline.