Elon Musk: The Tech Maverick Making Tony Stark Look Dull

Elon Musk was born in 1971 in South Africa, just as the Space Race was drawing to a close. It seems as though he had missed the best bits - so perhaps that is what inspired by the man who would later spend his billions on doing his damndest to kickstart humanity back into the future that we had been promised. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Read More >>

Brian Fargo: The Maverick Who Made a Wasteland of the RPG

You may only know him from his Kickstarter videos but Brian Fargo is one of the most influential figures in the games industry. The impact of his work can be felt in almost every game in every genre that’s been released in the last decade. And, today, he’s still revolutionising how the industry works. Read More >>

Jimmy Wales: The Maverick Who Brought The Encyclopaedia Into the Internet Age

Looking back, 2001 was kind of a big deal. Obviously, the events of 9/11 altered the world's geopolitical makeup, with repercussions that are still being felt today. But well before that - in January 2001 - the Internet's landscape was also subject to a seismic shift that would change the way we consume information forever. Read More >>

John McAfee: The Computer Security Maverick Wildman

Few people in the world of technology can claim to have lived a life as colourful and controversial as John McAfee. McAfee, who is turning 70 later this year, might not be as rich as Bill Gates or as Larry Ellison, but his long-lasting influence on computer security can be felt, even if he is now mostly an icon rather than an active player. Read More >>

Dr Dre: The Hip-Hop Maverick Beating the Tech Titans at Their Own Game

If you know anything about Dr Dre, it is that he was “Straight Outta Compton”. Real name Andre Romelle Young, Dre was born there in 1965 and attended school in the city. During his high school years however, and following his mum remarrying, his family moved out to the suburbs to get away from the gang violence. When he was 17, Dre fathered his son Curtis, from whom he would remain estranged until the child was 20. Read More >>

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Palmer Luckey: The Oculus Rift Maverick Bringing VR Back From the Dead

There have been a number of attempts to make virtual reality an… umm, reality - but over the years all have been, essentially, crap. VR-style games had been tried for years by videogame companies, to little success. Perhaps most famously, Nintendo released its disastrous Virtual Boy, and excited approximately no one. Read More >>

Sean Parker: The Maverick Who Changed the Music Industry Forever

In the beginning was the Word. Then someone figured out how to record the Word, and how to share it on the internet for free - pissing off the entire recording industry in the process. Read More >>

The Weirdest Kickstarter Campaigns (That Somehow Still Got Funded Anyway)

Oculus Rift, the Pebble smartwatch, the Pono Music player -- if you’ve got a great idea, Kickstarter can be the perfect place to drum up some PR and horde a tonne of cash before making your product or service a reality. Read More >>

Is Kickstarter the Right Place for Your Idea?

So, you’ve got a smart idea you think the world desperately needs, you know how you’re going to bring it to the masses and you’re passionate about shouting about it from the rooftops. Although Kickstarter may seem like the perfect platform for crowdfunding, there are some things you need to think about before you get stuck in. Read More >>

How Kickstarter Resurrected Gaming’s Long Dormant Genres

In the past 12 months alone we’ve seen the release of isometric RPGs like Pillars of Eternity and Wasteland 2, point’n’click adventures like Broken Age, and even a Total Annihilation successor, Planetary Annihilation. Read More >>

How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

If you have a brilliant idea, a smart strategy to get it out into the real world and a burning desire to raise cash to turn it all into a money-making, ground-breaking reality, then Kickstarter is a brilliant platform. It enables you to connect with early adopters on the lookout for bright sparks and “the next big thing”, chat with big-bod investors and potentially share your story with millions of people across the planet. Read More >>

The 20 Most Innovative Kickstarter Campaigns

Since Kickstarter launched in 2009 it has transformed the way that new products are developed. The old method used to be that someone with an interesting idea would have to convince a bank or an investor to take a big risk on what could be a crazy idea, with no promise of returns in the future. Read More >>

Why Our Robot Butler Dreams Will Soon be a Reality

The closest most of us get to having a robot helper around the place is when the toaster pops up a bit of toast automatically -- and even then it’s such a dumb machine it burns the stuff half the time. So what chance is there of us having a proper, useful, sci-fi robot buddy to clean the toilet and make pancakes and smalltalk on a Sunday morning within our lifetimes? Read More >>

Reinventing the Wheel: Mankind’s Best Attempts at Updating Design Classics

There are some things you don't mess with in the design world. Chairs, for example, have long since been perfected. Any modern redesign of the chair is a mere novelty that can only make sitting down a worse, less comfortable hobby. But some things are still improving thanks to the planet’s finest reinventors. Yes, your easy life can still get easier. Read More >>

Crossrail to Hyperloop: The World’s Most Innovative Public Transport Systems

If you mention public transport to someone the first thing that usually comes to mind is grotty night buses and over-crowded trains. But thankfully, it doesn't have to be like this -- there are innovative, futuristic systems out there, such as the UK's Crossrail, that aim to ease our commuter-woes. Whether it's personal pods, improved air travel or 700mph trains, below are a few of our favourite innovative public transport systems. Read More >>