Michael Bhaskar (2002, English) is a writer, digital publisher and entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder of Canelo, a new kind of publishing company based in London. He is also embarking on a new project as Writer in Residence at DeepMind, the leading AI research company.
He has written and talked extensively about publishing, the future of media, the creative industries and the economics of technology for newspapers, magazines and blogs and at conferences, universities and other symposia around the world (over one hundred talks in the past four years including talks for TEDx, Google and Channel 4). He has been featured in and written for The Guardian, The FT, Venturebeat, Wired and The Daily Telegraph and on BBC 2, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, NPR and Bloomberg TV amongst others and has been a book reviewer for The Daily Telegraph.
He has worked as a digital publisher, an economics researcher, a book reviewer and has founded several web initiatives. He produced a number of digital firsts including the first ebooks on the iPhone, the first choose your own adventure app and was part of the team behind the award winning and bestselling game, 80 Days. He has worked with many writers and with organisations including The Economist, the New Scientist, the National Trust and the Wellcome Trust.
Michael has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford where he won the University Gibbs Prize. He has been a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. He has written a prize-winning monograph, The Content Machine (Anthem Press 2013), a ground-breaking academic exploration of the past, present and future of publishing. His second book, Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess (Piatkus 2016), explores why the term curation became such a buzzword and argues business and culture increasingly revolve around expert selection. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Publishing (Oxford University Press) and author of articles in the forthcoming The Digital Critic (O/R Books) and Whose Book Is It Anyway? (Open Book Publishers).