People of Long Now

Alexander Rose

Executive Director and Clock Project Manager

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Alexander was hired in 01997 to build the 10,000 Year Clock with computer scientist Danny Hillis. Alexander speaks about the work of The Long Now Foundation all over the world at venues ranging from the TED conference to corporations and government agencies. He was an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., and a founding partner of the robotics company Inertia Labs.

As the director of Long Now, Alexander founded The Interval and has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London, and the monument scale version is now under construction in West Texas.

Alexander curates speaking series' at The Interval and The Battery SF, is part of the Thiel Fellowship Network, and founded the Robot Fighting League.

Alexander graduated with a bachelor of arts honors degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Industrial Design in 01995, as well as attended the Art Center College of Design.

Alexander's combat robots have won over six world championship titles appearing in the TV show BattleBots. He has also built large pyrotechnic displays for the Burning Man festival, robotic bartenders and other dangerous machines. Alexander was also a world champion paintball player holding multiple world titles with his team the Ironmen from 1990 through 1995. At Carnegie Mellon University Alexander was the lead designer for a record setting human power vehicle team.

Alexander lives in California on the Sausalito waterfront and enjoys mountain biking, climbing and mountaineering whenever he can get out.

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Kurt Bollacker

Digital Research Director

Catherine Borgeson

Office Manager & Programs Associate

Jennifer Colliau

Bar & Cafe Manager

Danielle Engelman

Director of Programs

Charlotte Hajer

Outreach and Development Manager

Ben Keating

Designer & Developer

Alexander Rose

Executive Director and Clock Project Manager

Andrew Warner

Technical Production & Public Communications Lead

Laura Welcher

Director of Operations and The Rosetta Project