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Tim Urban

“[Wait But Why has] the meatiest, most fascinating, most satisfying posts I've read in ages.”
-Vox’s David Roberts.

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Since Tim Urban started writing the long-form stick-figure-illustrated blog Wait But Why in 2013, Urban has become one of the internet’s most popular writers.

He has since produced dozens of viral articles on a wide range of topics, from why we procrastinate to why artificial intelligence is scary to why we haven’t seen any signs of aliens. His articles have been regularly republished on sites like Quartz, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Time, Business Insider, and Gizmodo.

Today, Wait But Why receives over 1.5 million unique visitors per month on average, with some month’s visitors topping 10 million, and the blog has over 380,000 email subscribers. The Wait But Why community of readers is also highly engaged with every article generating hundreds of thoughtful and Tim has gained a number of prominent readers as well, like authors Sam Harris and Susan Cain; Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams; TED curator, Chris Anderson, and Brain Pickings editor blog, Maria Popova.

Urban has done talks at companies like Facebook, Chartbeat, and Thumbtack, and schools like MIT, Brown, and Stevens Tech. Tim was also selected to speak at the 2016 TED Conference in Vancouver. Urban’s talks span many topics, involve stick figures, and combine depth and impact with humor and entertainment to delight and inspire his audiences.

 

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