LINDA STONE held executive positions in the high-tech industry from 1986 to 2002. From 1986 to 1993, at Apple Computer, she played a key role in building the company’s multimedia marketplace. In 1993, she joined Microsoft Research. Stone founded and served as director of the Virtual Worlds Group. With a focus on improving online social interactions, she and her team studied and developed technologies that would work on a human level. Stone is viewed as a leader and pioneer in the effort to create online communities. In 2000, CEO Steve Ballmer tapped her to serve as corporate vice president of corporate and industry initiatives. She worked with critics, influencers, and other key industry players as a bridge-builder. Stone also developed strategic initiatives and managed strategic relationships in this area, including the World Economic Forum. Stone left Microsoft in 2002 to write, lecture, and consult on social computing, attention, health, technology, and trends. She serves on the TED Conferences Brain Trust, the MIT Media Lab Advisory Council, and a number of advisory boards, both for profit and nonprofit.