Tim Urban is one of the internet’s most popular writers. Since starting Wait But Why in 2013, he’s tackled 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. Two months after Wait But Why was born, Urban’s article "Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy" swept the internet, becoming both the most shared and most commented-on article on all of Facebook.
Today, Wait But Why averages over 1.5 million unique visitors per month, with some month’s visitors topping 10 million. The Wait But Why community is highly engaged, with every article generating hundreds of intelligent, meaningful reader comments. In 2015, Fast Company wrote “Wait But Why is disproving the notion that thoughtful, long-form content and virality are mutually exclusive.”
Urban’s articles have been regularly republished on sites like Quartz, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Time. He’s been a guest speaker at companies like Facebook, Chartbeat, and Thumbtack; schools like MIT, Brown, and Stevens Tech; and conferences like Effective Altruism in Mountain View, Social Media Week in New York, and Sweden’s Øredev. Urban was also selected to speak at the 2016 TED Conference in Vancouver.
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Like his writing, Urban’s talks span many topics, involve stick figures, and combine depth and impact with humor and entertainment to delight and inspire his audiences.