About Scott

Scott Berkun is a bestselling author and popular speaker on creativity, philosophy, culture, business and many other subjects. He’s the author of six books, including  The Myths of Innovation,  Confessions of a Public SpeakerThe Year Without Pants. His work has appeared, or been mentioned, in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, Forbes, USA Today, Wired, Fast Company, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and other media.

Born and raised in Queens, NYC, he studied philosophy, computer Science and design at CMU, was a manager at Microsoft (’94-’03) and WordPress.com (’10-’12), taught creativity at the University of Washington, was a co-host of CNBC’s The Business of Innovation TV show, is named on 5 U.S. patentsblogs for Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and has appeared as an expert on various subjects on CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. He’s also the speaker coach for Ignite Seattle, a finalist in the Amtrak 2014 writer’s residency program and the director of the film project We Make Seattle.


His latest business book, The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work was released in Sept 2013 and was named an Amazon.com best book of the year. He posts 2 or 3 times a week on this website. Since 2003, there have been over 1600 posts. Popular topics include creativitywriting wellmanaging and speaking. His 50 best posts of all time are a great place to start. Many posts are born from reader comments and questions.

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He makes a living from book royalties and fees from speaking for hire. You can see him in action here. He worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003, mostly on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0 (not 6). From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a team leader for Automattic on WordPress.com. He’s back to being a full time author and speaker. This short interview describes him well.


You can contact him directly, join his mailing list or follow on Twitter at @berkun.

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