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Meet the man who created TED in 1984

Charlie Rose interviews Richard Saul Wurman, who doesn't always agree with how TED has changed since he sold it
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What you didn't see in the 60 Minutes story about TED Talks is Charlie Rose's interview with Richard Saul Wurman, the intensely curious architect who cofounded the TED conference in 1984.

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Wurman wanted TED to be the ultimate dinner party with him as the host. He loved it when TED became the place to preview bold new ideas like the CD, Google and Java.

"Every other conference at that time....was just white men in suits on panels, long introductions, talking about one kind of finance or one kind of medicine, and then, going to the golf course. This was different."

In 2001, Wurman sold TED to publisher Chris Anderson and, under a new leader, the conference has changed in ways Wurman hasn't always agreed with. When Wurman created TED, he wanted it to be a radical departure from other conferences. He didn't want to see teleprompters or rehearsals -- only honest conversation.

"Every other conference at that time....was just white men in suits on panels, long introductions, talking about one kind of finance or one kind of medicine, and then, going to the golf course," Wurman tells Rose. "This was different."

Now that the lecture series has become one of the Internet's most popular and powerful platforms, what does Wurman think? You'd be surprised. Watch this week's 60 Minutes Overtime, produced by Sean Kelly and Ann Silvio, to find out.

Editor's Note: This segment was originally published on April 15, 2015

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