VivaTech 2021


Nicholas Thompson



United States of America


Nicholas Thompson is the CEO of The Atlantic and the former editor-in-chief of WIRED. Under his leadership, WIRED launched a successful paywall and was named one of Ad Age's A-List digital publishers. It won a National Magazine Award for design and photography, a Loeb award, and numerous awards from the Society of Publication Designers. Thompson also wrote many features for the publication, including two cover-story investigations into Facebook that have been cited multiple times in Congress. Thompson is a contributor for CBS News and regularly appears on CBS This Morning, CBSN, and CBS Sunday Morning. He is a cofounder of The Atavist, a National Magazine Award–winning digital publication. Prior to joining WIRED, Thompson served as editor of from 2012 to 2017. During that time, he helped launch the magazine’s phenomenally successful paywall and oversaw a site where traffic septupled. Before The New Yorker, Thompson was a senior editor at WIRED, where he assigned and edited the feature story “The Great Escape,” which was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo. In 2009, his book “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War” was published to critical acclaim. Thompson currently serves on the board of The Stanford Daily and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He has released three albums of acoustic guitar music. In 2019, he was ranked as one of the top 20 masters marathoners in the world, and in 2021, he set the American record for men 45+ in the 50K race. He was a United States Truman Scholar and graduated from Stanford University.