TED, the annual California gathering of movers and shakers in society, politics and business, is a completely closed affair, invitation only and very expensive.  Since 2006, speeches from conference have been edited and presented for free as short episodes online onto a site called TED Talks

Virginia Heffernan, a New York Times television critic and columnist raves about the site in this Sunday's Magazine.

According to Compete, TED Talks gets around 400,000 unique visitors per month to its site, and we expect there are many more views through the embeddable player. In addition to the traffic, TED has an anchor sponsor in BMW. Rolex is a sponsor too.

We think the production and presentation of the clips, the player and interface are all outstanding.

The next conference begins in Long Beach on February 3..  

I've pasted on this page one of my favorite TED clips, one of computer scientist Bill Joy.

— Andy Plesser, Executive Producer.