Brent Schlender, 58 years old, is a writer, editor, and communications consultant, who is best known for his award-winning magazine profiles of prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders of the Digital Revolution. For 10 years, starting at The Wall Street Journal in the late 1970s, and continuing during a 20-year career at Fortune magazine, Schlender wrote dozens of cover and front-page stories about the exploits of Silicon Valley’s most famous figures – Apple’s Steve Jobs, Intel’s Andy Grove and Craig Barrett, Cisco’s John Chambers, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Sun’s Scott McNealy and Bill Joy, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Lucasfilm’s George Lucas, and Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, to name just a few.
Schlender also is considered the journalistic authority on Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who he first met in 1984, and with whom he has worked as an editorial consultant. He also wrote extensively about Sony Corp. over the decades, and worked closely with each of the company’s CEOs, starting with founder Akio Morita. And during Peter Drucker’s final years, Schlender wrote many articles based on extensive, in-depth interviews with the famous management guru.
Schlender’s profiles have won many awards, and been reprinted around the world in many different languages. They are characterized both by his extended access to his subjects, and by the depth of his background reporting and knowledge of business and technology. But his writing also reflects his broad experience working and living abroad, primarily in China, Japan, and Latin America. He also is one of only two journalists ever to receive the prestigious “Silicon Valley Visionary” award by SD Forum, Silicon Valley’s software industry trade association, joining the likes of Bill Gates, Bill Joy and Andy Grove, among others about whom he has written over the years.
Schlender, who lives in San Mateo, CA, with Lorna Jacoby, his wife of 28 years. He has many other creative interests as well. For many years he played tenor saxophone in a Bay Area jazz and rhythm and blues ensemble. And in 1999-2000 he worked with film director Robert Altman and cartoonist Garry Trudeau to develop a pilot episode for television series called “Killer App” about drama and skullduggery in Silicon Valley. He currently at work on two book projects, and developing a course he will co-teach at San Francisco State University in 2012-13 on the art of asking good questions.
Rick Tetzeli is Executive Editor of Fast Company, which he joined in June 2010. He is responsible for running the magazine on a day-to-day basis, and is an occasional writer for the magazine; among his features is a cover story on Martin Scorsese, called “How to Live a Creative Life.” Before joining Fast Company he ran and conceived Time Inc.’s Assignment Detroit, in which Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, CNNMoney.com, and other Time Inc properties combined to cover the troubled city for a year. The project was called “unprecedented in journalism”.
Rick was Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly from 2002 to 2009, during which the magazine was nominated for five ASME awards. He came to EW from Fortune, where he was Deputy Managing Editor, and director of its technology coverage. Rick is an award-winning writer, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 3 children.