Scott Berkun is a bestselling author and popular speaker on creativity, leading projects, public speaking, design and many other subjects. He’s the author of eight books, including How Design Makes The World, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, National Public Radio, CNN, NPR, MSNBC and other media. His popular blog is at scottberkun.com and he tweets at @berkun.
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His first career (1994-2003) in tech focused on what’s now called UX Design, where he worked as a user researcher, UI prototyper and mostly project team lead, managing engineering projects where high quality design and usability were paramount. At Microsoft he worked on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0, Windows, MSN and later led an engineering team at WordPress.com (2010-2012) responsible for Jetpack, Publicize and other features used by millions of people (the story of this team is told in his book, The Year Without Pants).
He was born and raised in Queens, NYC, studied philosophy, computer science and design at CMU, was (mostly) 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. patents, blogged for Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and has appeared as an expert on various subjects on CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. He’s also the MC and speaker coach for Ignite Seattle, was awarded an Amtrak 2014 writer’s residency and directed the short film We Make Seattle.