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Tim Urban


Tim Urban is the Writer, Illustrator, and Co-Founder of Wait But Why, a long-form, stick-figure-illustrated website with over 600,000 subscribers and a monthly average of one million visitors. He has produced dozens of viral articles on a wide range of topics, from artificial intelligence to social anxiety to humans becoming a multi-planetary species. His articles have been republished on sites like Quartz, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and Gizmodo. Counted among Wait But Why’s readers is Elon Musk, who once asked Urban to write about his companies, resulting in a 4-part blog series totaling 95,000 words and read by over 4.5M people. Urban’s 2016 TED main stage talk was the most watched of its year and the first TED video to ever reach 10 million views in its first year.

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