a pioneering creative voice at the intersection of emerging technology and human potential.
Taryn Southern is an award-winning artist, storyteller and strategist whose work explores the intersection of emerging technology and human potential.
Originally from Kansas, Taryn’s first foray into entertainment began at 17 when she competed in the semi-finals of American Idol. In 2007, after obtaining degrees in journalism and anthropology, Taryn uploaded her first video onto YouTube.
Ten years and 750 million views later, this early YouTuber produced more than 1500 internet videos, sold series to networks like MTV, DirecTV and Maker Studios, acted in sitcoms on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Comedy Central, hosted shows for Discovery Channel, Vh1, G4, and Facebook, and produced digital campaigns for companies like Marriott, Today Show, Snapchat, and ATTN.
"Taryn Takes audiences on a journey to the future."
From biotech to blockchain, Taryn’s work has been featured in publications like Vanity Fair, Fast Company, Wired, and Forbes and she has been a guest contributor for Business Insider and TechCrunch. In addition, she regularly speaks at companies (Deloitte, YouTube and Google) and conferences (VidCon, Google’s AI Summit, The NY Times AI Conference, Web Summit, The Next Web, and Near Future Festival)
Named one of the Top 20 Women in VR, Taryn is a three-time Streamy Award nominee, an AT&T Film Award Winner, featured in Ford’s national “She’s Got Drive” campaign and Best Female Influencer nominee for The Crypto Awards. She currently sits on the board of the National Academy of Medicine’s Longevity Challenge, which aims to award breakthroughs in longevity science, and serves as an active investor/advisor in emerging tech companies like Cue (consumer biotech) and Tubular (data insights.)