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TEDxNOLA - Matt Wisdom - Managing City IT in a Crisis

Matt is the CEO of TurboSquid, one of the web's first digital marketplaces for user-generated content. Founded in 2000, TurboSquid is the world leader in 3D model sales, with a customer list as varied as Pixar, USA Today, Boeing, and Apple. TurboSquid's story has been widely covered by news outlets, including CNN, Entrepreneur Magazine and MSNBC. Matt entered the 3D industry in 1994 immediately following graduation from Brown University. He was a founding partner, animator, and senior producer of 3D visual effects for Chimera Digital Imaging. During that time he produced hundreds of animations and effects for television commercials and legal trials. New Orleans and Louisiana figure largely in his civic work, which includes initiating the idea and co-authoring the legislation for the Louisiana Digital Media Tax Credit, leading the IT transition team for Mayor Landrieu's incoming administration, and co-directing a YouTube video about post-Katrina New Orleans that received 1.7 million views. Matt serves on various non-profit boards, including GNO, Inc. and the Idea Village, as well as philanthropic organizations such as the RosaMary Foundation. Matt has won numerous awards, including being named Technology Leader of the Year for the Louisiana Governor's Technology Awards, and Innovator of the Year by New Orleans City Business. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at
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