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Chris Anderson (writer)

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Chris Anderson born July 9, 1961 is a British-American author and entrepreneur He was with The Economist for seven years before joining WIRED magazine in 2001, where he was the editor-in-chief until 2012 He is known for his 2004 article entitled The Long Tail; which he later expanded into the 2006 book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More He is the cofounder and current CEO of 3D Robotics, a drone manufacturing company


  • 1 Life and work
    • 11 Early life
    • 12 Career
    • 13 Ventures
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Works
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Life and work

Early life

Anderson was born in London His family moved to the United States, when he was five He enrolled for a degree program in physics from George Washington University and went on to study quantum mechanics and science journalism at the University of California, Berkeley He later did research at Los Alamos National Laboratory


He began his career with a six-year period as editor at the two scientific journals, Nature and Science He then joined The Economist in 1994, where he remained for seven years, during which time he was stationed in London, Hong Kong and New York City in various positions, ranging from Technology Editor to US Business Editor He took over as editor of WIRED in 2001

Chris Anderson speaking in Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley

His 2004 article The Long Tail in WIRED was expanded into a book in 2006, titled, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More It appeared on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers list The book argues that products in low demand or that have a low sales volume can collectively build a better market share than its rivals, or exceed the relatively few current bestsellers and blockbusters, provided the store or distribution channel is large enough

His next book, entitled Free: The Future of a Radical Price 2009 examines the advantages of a strategy where products and services are initially given to customers for free, and how businesses can profit more in the long run Anderson was accused of plagiarizing content from English Wikipedia for his book Anderson responded that he had disagreements with the criticism, and reasoned that the mention of citations were avoided due to the changing nature of content in English Wikipedia However, the whole episode led him to integrate footnotes into the text, and the digital editions of Free were corrected with the revision Free debuted as #12 on the New York Times Best Seller List It was also available as a free download for a limited time, and an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 digital copies were downloaded in the first two weeks The unabridged audiobook remains free

Anderson's third book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution 2012, was based on his 2010 article, "Atoms Are the New Bits" The book describes how entrepreneurs using open source design, and 3D printing as a platform for driving resurgence of American manufacturing The ideas he portrayed; such as crowdsourcing of ideas, utilization of available lower-cost design and manufacturing tools, and reviewing options to outsource capital-intensive manufacturing were highlighted in the February 2012 Harvard Business Review article, "From Do It Yourself to Do It Together"

Anderson was featured and interviewed on The Amp Hour radio show in episode #105 – An Interview with Chris Anderson – Deambulatory Daedal Drones, where he discusses his career, books, and the hardware and drone industry


In 2007, Anderson founded GeekDad, a do-it-yourself blog that later became part of Wiredcom He was the editor until the role was handed over to Ken Denmead, and he now serves as editor emeritus of GeekDad The same year, Anderson founded Booktourcom, a free online service that connected authors on tour with audiences In September 2011, Booktourcom folded

In October 2007, Anderson, who has been described as an "aerial-reconnaissance enthusiast," flew a remote-controlled aircraft allegedly equipped with a camera over Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, causing security concerns when the aircraft crashed into a tree The enthusiasm turned inspiration for co-founding 3D Robotics, a 2009 robotics manufacturing spin-off of the DIYdronescom 3D Robotics produces the Ardupilot series of autopilots, which are based on the Arduino platform

In May 2007, Anderson was featured as one of the top 100 thinkers in Time Magazine's annual list for 2007

Personal life

Anderson currently lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and five children He met his wife while working at the scientific journal, Nature He has dual US-UK citizenship


  • Anderson, Chris 2006 The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More New York: Hyperion ISBN 978-1-4013-0966-4 
  • Anderson, Chris 2009 Free: The Future of a Radical Price New York: Hyperion ISBN 978-1-4013-2290-8 
  • Anderson, Chris 2012 Makers: The New Industrial Revolution New York: Crown Business ISBN 978-0-3077-2095-5 


  1. ^ a b c d "Five things about me that may or may not be relevant" 4 August 2006 Retrieved 8 September 2012 
  2. ^ "Anderson, Chris" Current Biography Yearbook 2010 Ipswich, MA: HW Wilson 2010 pp 8–11 ISBN 9780824211134 
  3. ^ a b Anderson, Chris 2006 The Long Tail: Why the future of business is selling less of more New York: Hyperion Books
  4. ^ "DIYDrones/3D Robotic" 
  5. ^ "Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Wired" Retrieved 8 September 2012 
  6. ^ Anderson, Chris October, 2004"The Long Tail"Wiredcom
  7. ^ Anderson, Chris 2009 Free: How today’s smartest businesses profit by giving something for nothing London: Random House
  8. ^ "My Next Book: "FREE"" The Long Tail May 20, 2007 Retrieved December 25, 2011 
  9. ^ Anderson, Chris "About Me" Thelongtailcom Retrieved December 25, 2011 
  10. ^ Jaquith, Waldo June 23, 2009 "Chris Anderson's Free Contains Apparent Plagiarism" The Virginia Quarterly Review Retrieved 2009-07-07 
  11. ^ Anderson, Chris July 24, 2009 "Corrections in the digital editions of Free" The Long Tail Retrieved 2009-07-07 
  12. ^ a b Anderson, Chris "A New York Times Bestseller!" The Long Tail Retrieved 2010-12-09 
  13. ^ "FREE for free: first ebook and audiobook versions released" The Long Tail July 6, 2009 Retrieved 2010-12-09 
  14. ^ Anderson, Chris January, 2010"In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits"Wiredcom
  15. ^ Anderson, Chris 2012 Makers: The New Industrial Revolution New York: Crown Business
  16. ^ Hagel III, John; Seely Brown, John; Davison, Lang February 18, 2010"From Do It Yourself to Do It Together" Harvard Business Review
  17. ^ "The Amp Hour #105 – An Interview with Chris Anderson – Deambulatory Daedal Drones" The Amp Hour Retrieved 22 December 2013 
  18. ^ Venables, Michael "GeekDad" Wiredcom 
  19. ^ "BookTourcom is closing up shop" Los Angeles Times August 17, 2011 Retrieved April 12, 2012 
  20. ^ "Lab focuses on security after breach, Chief of Wired magazine triggers minor security concerns after remote-controlled plane flies over Berkeley site" Contra Costa Times October 13, 2007 
  21. ^ DIYdronescom online community
  22. ^ Profile from The Time 100
  23. ^ Gustin, Sam October 1, 2012 "How the 'Maker' Movement Plans to Transform the US Economy" Time 

External links

  • Biography, from O'Reilly
  • Free: The Past and Future of a Radical Price Keynote speech at Nokia World 2007 in Amsterdam on December 5, 2007
  • Chris Anderson at TED
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Chris Anderson on Charlie Rose
  • Chris Anderson at the Internet Movie Database
  • Works by or about Chris Anderson in libraries WorldCat catalog
  • Chris Anderson discussing DIY drones and his new book "Makers: The New Industrial Revolution" on The Amp Hour podcast
  • Hagel III, John; Seely Brown, John; Davison, Lang February 18, 2010 "From Do It Yourself to Do It Together" Harvard Business Review 
  • Roberts, Russ "Chris Anderson Podcasts" EconTalk Library of Economics and Liberty 

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