Jimmy Wales

Founder Of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is an American internet entrepreneur, expert technology speaker and leading innovator who is best known as one of the co-founders of Wikipedia, the internet Encyclopaedia. Born in Alabama Wales excelled in education and achieved both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree before leaving mid-way through his PhD studies to take up a job in a leading Chicago based finance company. Wales launched Wikipedia’s predecessor, Nupedia, in 2000 and after three years he and fellow technology and innovation speaker Larry Sanger dismantled the site to focus their energy entirely the free peer-review site Wikipedia.

Since the launch of Wikipedia in January 2001 Jimmy Wales has become the company’s leading spokesperson and technology speaker, historically cited as the “co-founder” Wales has disputed this fact arguing that he is in fact the sole founder of the site. Beyond the semantics however, it is undeniable that it is thanks to Wales’ own business and ethical principles that Wikipedia has found such enormous success; the peer-review community upon which Wikipedia was founded has allowed the website to remain free and accessible to millions of people around the world.

In his work as a technology and innovation speaker Jimmy Wales has discussed the importance of community and development within the internet business sector, whilst the continual growth of Wikipedia, in many ways, speaks for itself. Acting as the company’s leading technology speaker, media spokesperson and promotor Jimmy Wales has been named one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Scientists & Thinkers, whilst the World Economic Forum recognised him as one of the Young Global Leaders of 2007.

Complimenting his work with Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has launched the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to development, growth and distribution of free content across the globe. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the 5th most popular website in the world. Through his work with the Wikimedia Foundation Jimmy Wales has been involved in a number of wiki-based projects and is frequently called upon to appear at after dinner speaker events around the world.

In much of his work as an after dinner speaker and business leader Jimmy Wales has discussed the importance and impact of independence and individualism on his business strategy and personal success. An outspoken Objectivist, Wales preaches reason and objectivity in his dealings with personal, business and financial decision making and development. His philosophical outlook marks Jimmy Wales as a truly unique technology speaker whilst his vast business and economic success makes his insights and advice invaluable.

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When at corporate events, Jimmy is known to cover the following topics:

  • Technology & Innovation
  • Internet Entrepreneurialism
  • Content Generation
  • The Internet
  • Wikipedia & Wikimedia
  • The Advancement Of Technology