Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Ito, the Director of the MIT Media Lab and the Chairman of PureTech’s Board of Directors, is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. Mr. Ito sits on the boards of Sony Corporation, Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, and The Mozilla Foundation. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in numerous companies, including Twitter, Flickr, littleBits, Formlabs, and Kickstarter. Mr. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2014, Ito was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame and awarded the Golden Plate Award by the Academy of Achievement. Ito received the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from The New School in 2013 and Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Tufts University in 2015.