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Ric Elias - 3 things I learned while my plane crashed



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Ric Elias is essentially an ordinary person who had an extraordinary and life changing thing happen to him.  He was born in Puerto Rico, and came to the United States for college knowing little English.

He was, at the time of tis video,  the CEO and co-founder of Red Ventures, a firm that helps large service companies acquire new customers online. He began his career in General Electric Co.'s Aerospace Division, then worked at the marketing services company CUC International (later known as Cendant). Prior to founding Red Ventures, Ric served as president of Spark Network Services, a promotion and data company held by Cendant.

The activities shown for this observation are those he decided were needed to make his life more meaninful after the crash.

A description of the experience

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Squash the big I am