Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Productions is a New York Times best-selling author with more than five million copies of his books in print. A former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, Smolan is best known as the co-creator of the "Day in the Life" book series. His global photography projects, which feature the work of hundreds of the worlds leading photographers and combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology, are regularly featured on the covers of prestigious publications around the globe including Fortune, Time, and GEO. His most recent project “The Human Face of Big Data” captures how our planet is developing a nervous system. The “Human Face” iPad app won the 2013 WEBBY for best educational app and the companion TV documentary won the 2014 award for “Best Cinematography" at the Boston Film Festival. In September of 2014 the Oscar Winning Producers of "The Kings Speech" released TRACKS, a feature film based on Smolan's National Geographic story about Robyn Davidson’s 2,000 mile camel trek across the Australian outback. In the movie Robyn was portrayed by Mia Wasikowska ("Stoker", "The Kids are Alright", "Alice in Wonderland" with Johnny Depp). Smolan will be portrayed by Adam Driver, the star of the hit TV series "Girls”.
More than a million people have watched Smolan’s “Natasha’s Story” on TED.com (www.NatashaStory.com).
Fortune magazine describes Against All Odds as “One of the 25 Coolest Companies in America.