Jason Pontin is Flagship Pioneering’s senior partner and chief editor. In this role, he leads strategic communications for both Flagship Pioneering and the enterprise’s ecosystem of pioneering ventures. He works on originating and developing new companies and is a key strategist for expanding the firm’s domains of innovation. As the framer of Flagship’s narrative and an architect of the value creation plan for each Flagship Labs company, Jason is also the point of connection between Flagship’s ecosystem and governments, NGOs, academia, foundations, and industry.
From 2004 to 2017, Jason was CEO, editor-in-chief, and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the oldest technology publication in the world. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, and The Financial Times, and still writes regularly for Wired. Before joining MIT Technology Review, he was the editor of Red Herring, a business magazine that was popular during the dot-com boom. At MIT, Jason was the founder and curator of Solve, MIT’s open innovation platform, and the chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Institute’s global community of entrepreneurs; and he reorganized MIT’s news and communications as a senior advisor to President Susan Hockfield. In 2013, he delivered a TED talk entitled “Can technology solve our big problems?” which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
Jason grew up in Northern California and was educated in the United Kingdom at Harrow School and Keble College, Oxford University.