Quartz

Quartz is one of digital media’s greatest success stories of the past decade. Founded out of The Atlantic and comprising of a website (qz.com) that hosts 20 million visitors a month, a series of apps and newsletters with over 5 million subscribers, and a large social-media following, it is a behemoth in the online news world. Ms. King’s contributions as Quartz’s Ideas Editor have seen her lead all contributed content to the network, which has included Nobel Peace Prize-winning nuclear experts, Fortune 500 CEOs, NASA astronauts, and many more impressive experts.


Stories I’ve edited

We tested bots like Siri and Alexa to see who would stand up to sexual harassment

To report this piece, Leah Fessler and I created the first definitive database of voice assistants’ reactions to sexual harassment. This database is now used in academic institutions, and the findings of the article forced Amazon and Apple to change their products.

Multi-level marketing companies like Lularoe are forcing people into debt and psychological crisis

This feature article by Alden Wicker was the first exposé of the company, and resulted in the exploitative operation being placed under so much media scrutiny that the company changed their policies. This piece has been read by more than 5 million people and remains one of Quartz’s most successful articles.

Happy 50th anniversary of the Mars landing, Earthlings!

For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, I asked sci-fi author Bruce Sterling to pen a fictional piece imagining the same event for the Mars landing, written from the perspective of a future Martian.

Linguistic data analysis of 3 billion Reddit comments shows the alt-right is getting stronger

In this highly visual data-based piece, academic Tim Squirrell scraped a couple billion Reddit comments and applied lingual analysi to determine far-right forum “in groups”—and then proved that they are merging.

the blitzscaling debate

Tim O’Reilly penned an opus tearing down LinkedIn and Salesforce founder Reid Hoffman’s concept of “blitzscaling”—hyper-powered start-up growth. Reid reached out to defend his stance. Debate ensued.

Five methods for turning invisible, ranked by the inventor of a real-life invisibility cloak

After watching his presentation at an invisibility conference (yes, really), I had Duke University professor David Smith rank the likelihood of our favorite pop-culture methods of invisibility, complete with gifs.


Some other faves


People I’ve worked with

Op-eds

INTERVIEWS

Other Quartz projects

editorial director of events

I curated the editorial programming and speakers for Quartz’s event schedule. Some of the Quartz events I’ve spoken at have included presenting on the economics of street art, leading media-pitching workshops for women-lead start-ups, moderating an on-stage debate between two Silicon Valley stalwarts, and hosting a panel on the future of branding and business in space.

Head of the quartz pros program

The Quartz Pros are the top-tier experts on the Quartz platform. I lead the strategy and recruitment of these smart, insightful folk. Some of the people I brought on included former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Getty Images Dawn Airey, co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute Don Tapscott, Standard Hotels founder Amar Lalvani, activist Darnell Moore, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin, and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum director Ellen Stoffan.

conference calls

I’ve also hosted several of Quartz’s Membership conference calls, including speaking with Web 2.0 popularizer Tim O’Reilly about antitrust in the Big Tech era, and discussing the future of nuclear-weapons policy with Nukemap creator Alex Wellerstein.

 

Kinfolk

TK STUFF ON KINFOLK


Stories I’ve edited

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

the new museum, new york (2019)

Discussion of a performance-art piece exploring the intersection of transhumanism and disability

singularity university, new york (2019)

Interactive session on women in space

moma ps1, new york (2019)

Event about humans’ relationship with plants. Held by Broccoli, a weed magazine for women


Stories I’ve edited

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

the new museum, new york (2019)

Discussion of a performance-art piece exploring the intersection of transhumanism and disability

singularity university, new york (2019)

Interactive session on women in space

moma ps1, new york (2019)

Event about humans’ relationship with plants. Held by Broccoli, a weed magazine for women


Stories I’ve edited

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

the new museum, new york (2019)

Discussion of a performance-art piece exploring the intersection of transhumanism and disability

singularity university, new york (2019)

Interactive session on women in space

moma ps1, new york (2019)

Event about humans’ relationship with plants. Held by Broccoli, a weed magazine for women

 

Books

TK STUFF ON BOOKS


THE KINFOLK HOME

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

the new museum, new york (2019)

Discussion of a performance-art piece exploring the intersection of transhumanism and disability

singularity university, new york (2019)

Interactive session on women in space

moma ps1, new york (2019)

Event about humans’ relationship with plants. Held by Broccoli, a weed magazine for women


OBJECTS

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

the new museum, new york (2019)

Discussion of a performance-art piece exploring the intersection of transhumanism and disability

singularity university, new york (2019)

Interactive session on women in space

moma ps1, new york (2019)

Event about humans’ relationship with plants. Held by Broccoli, a weed magazine for women


THE MESSY MIDDLE

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

the new museum, new york (2019)

Discussion of a performance-art piece exploring the intersection of transhumanism and disability

singularity university, new york (2019)

Interactive session on women in space

moma ps1, new york (2019)

Event about humans’ relationship with plants. Held by Broccoli, a weed magazine for women

 

What Happens Next

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THE KINFOLK HOME

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

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THE KINFOLK HOME

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon


THE KINFOLK HOME

World Science Festival, New York (2019)

Film premiere of The Bit Player, a documentary about computer scientist and information theorist Claude Shannon

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