Adam Ostrow

Executive Editor, Mashable
New York, NY, United States

About Adam


Adam Ostrow is a new media entrepreneur and commentator. As Mashable’s executive editor, Adam is responsible for the editorial strategy of one of the most-read independent news sites in the world, covering the latest technologies, trends and individuals that are driving the current evolution of the web.

Since joining Mashable in 2007, Adam has contributed more than 2,500 articles, and under his leadership the site’s audience has grown more than tenfold to 13 million unique visitors per month with more than 3.6 million followers across social media sites.

Adam has been frequently quoted by numerous mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today and The Times of London, among many others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, Bloomberg and NPR.

Adam is also a highly sought after speaker and has made presentations at TED Global, CES, SXSW Interactive and Harvard Business School, among other conferences, corporate events and universities.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Maryland, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and was awarded Most Outstanding Senior in the school’s prestigious Hinman CEOs program.

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TED2011

An idea worth spreading

What does the social media boom mean for our legacies? Will technology one day be able to recreate a realistic representation of us as a result of the plethora of content we’re creating converging with other advances in machine learning, robotics and large-scale data mining? That's the subject of my TED Talk from TED Global 2011 -


University of Maryland

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Adam Ostrow
Posted almost 4 years ago
LIVE CHAT With Adam Ostrow: What should happen to your digital identity after you die?
I'd imagine the downsides are similar to those of the wills we know today -- the executor ultimately not acting upon the wishes of the deceased, or ambiguity in the will complicating issues. With digital there's also the issue of the unforseen -- what if a social media site changes its terms, or gets acquired by someone else? The will probably doesn't take that into account (and it would be hard for it to do so).