Journalist and Author
As a contributing editor of Wired and Rolling Stone and frequent guest on radio and TV from CNN to NPR, he reports on the key leaders and innovators of the information age. Author and journalist David Kushner is the leading expert on the new i-Conomy of digital culture and industry. From the baby billionaires of Silicon Valley (founders of Facebook to YouTube) to the Hollywood mavericks (creators of hit shows Heroes to Lost) and the biggest winners in the videogame business (Rock Band to Grand Theft Auto), Kushner's talk gives audiences unique access and insight on what makes this new generation of leaders tick - now and in the future.
Kushner speaks - and writes - from experience. In New York City in the early 1990s before the Internet went mainstream, Kushner was a pioneering writer and producer of SonicNet - the ground-breaking music website later acquired by MTV. Kushner's insights became hotly sought-after by magazines, as he became the key chronicler of the emerging online world for publications including The New York Times, New York, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Details, the Village Voice, Salon, Business 2.0, and Fast Company.
Kushner's critically acclaimed book Masters of Doom,
soon to be a major motion picture, tells the inside story of the
controversial creators of the notorious computer games
Doom and Quake. Translated across the world and
voted the #1 videogame book of all time, Masters of Doom
was called "an impressive and adroit social history" by the New
York Times Book Review and "an exciting combination of
biography and technology" by USA Today. Kushner's
follow-up, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, chronicles
the astonishing real-life story of a gang of young geeks who beat
the odds and stormed Las Vegas. Also in development as a movie,
Jonny Magic was hailed as "a classic" by Entertainment
Weekly and "the stirring tale of the geeks who stormed Las
Vegas" by Rolling Stone. His upcoming book,
Levittown, tells the remarkable true story of the
invention and integration of America's legendary suburb.
Kushner has spoken to audiences around the world about the innovations and insights that are revolutionizing our lives today. Kushner is on the faculty of New York University's Literary Reportage program in the graduate school of journalism.