November 12–13, 2015  •  San Francisco, CA
Steven Levy

Steven Levy
Editor at Large, Mr.


Six years after the IPO, an impressive number of Google’s most important early employees… were still working hard at Google, even though they had the wealth of Saudi princes.

— Steven Levy


Steven is the editor in chief of Backchannel, the new hub for tech writing on Medium. He is the former senior staff writer for Wired, the former chief technology correspondent for Newsweek, and the author of seven books. The Washington Post describes him as America’s premier technology journalist… a Silicon Valley insider who writes for the rest of us on the outside. His most recent book, In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives, has been a New York Times bestseller and is heralded as the definitive word on the search giant. It was chosen by as the Best Business Book of 2011. His first book, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, is the computer history classic that was named by the readers of PC Magazine as the best sci-tech book of the past 20 years; Levy recently updated it for a 25th anniversary edition. A longtime expert on Apple, Levy has written the history of the Macintosh, Insanely Great, and The Perfect Thing, about the iPod. Other books include Crypto, Artificial Life, and The Unicorn’s Secret. A recipient of numerous awards, Levy has written for many publications including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and Esquire. He wrote The Technologist column for Newsweek, and the Iconoclast column for Macworld. He has been a Japan Society Fellow and a Fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center. Before he covered technology, he wrote about music, crime, sports, and culture, and once made headlines by finding Albert Einstein’s brain in a cardboard box in Wichita, Kansas.

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