TED has been successful for many reasons. But from my perspective, its success boils down to this: the team cares - above all - about ideas. The organization is a band of passionate, curious, unorthodox thinkers and doers; an idiosyncratic gang who, given a choice, would choose to inquire into, argue over and get excited about ideas over most other life options.
I got to support the growth of TED, TEDx, TED Institute, TED Global, The TED Prize and TED Books, and partner with speakers to write TED talks including presentations with millions of views.
I'm proud to have helped share so many good ideas. In addition, I hugged Brene Brown, was snapped at by Sergey Brin, and sat so close behind Bill Gates that I could see his maroon cashmere sweater, like mine, was pilling.