Chadburn is currently the Curator and Founder of TEDxTC, an independently organized TED event held in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. The mission of TEDxTC is to bring awareness of "ideas worth spreading" from the amazing people local to the Twin Cities and surrounding communities.
Chadburn is a Partner at Social Venture Partners Minnesota, an entrepreneurial organization that leverages the money and expertise of its members to promote philanthropy and improve the lives of "at risk youth."
Chadburn is also currently a Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems. He joined Cisco in April of 2004 as Strategic Alliance Manager for the Cable and Telco Region of the Wireline and Emerging Provider Area of Cisco's US Sales Organization. With over 25 years of high tech, marketing, product development and strategic channel development experience, Chadburn was the architect of the Service Provider Technology Partner Program, a Cisco channel program created to enhance the go-to market strategy for its important Service Provider Marketplace.
Prior to joining Cisco, Chadburn was a member of the team at Apple, Palm, and GE as well as independently designing, developing and marketing an early mobile computing tool called PocketNet. He also spent two years as general contractor redesigning and remodeling a mid-century modern home for his family in Minneapolis.
TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011, TED2010
Areas of Expertise
Strategist, Social Entrepreneurship, Market & Brand Strategy, Mobility, Internet Technologies, Photography, Speaking my mind, Trendspotting, Lifestyle & Concepts
I'm passionate about
Big Ideas, Technology, Design, Interaction, My Community, Education, Youth, Social Ventures, Photography, Art, Architecture, Make Magazine, Travel, Meeting New People, Being A Dad, Curating TEDxTC.
Talk to me about
Lifestyle Design and Time Shifting.
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
I was introduced to TED by my dear friend and TEDxKC Curator, Mike Lundgren. We were on a chairlift at the time and I asked him what was inspiring him lately. Without even hesitating he said, "You should go to the TED Conference." Well fortunately TED had just recently begun posting TED Talks on the internet. Sir Ken Robinson's Talk on why schools kill creativity was the first one I watched and after that I was a full TED addict. Over the course of a few years I had many small gatherings in my home where we would watch TED Talks and then have lively discussions. Early in 2009 TED announced the TEDx program and I wasted no time in registering for TEDxTC (Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN). Our first TEDxTC event was held in September of 2009. Through TED and the TEDx program I have met some of the most incredible people and have shared in amazing experiences. Mike was right - TED was exactly what I was looking for and it has become a very important part of my life.