About us

Rest of World is an international nonprofit journalism organization. We document what happens when technology, culture and the human experience collide, in places that are typically overlooked and underestimated. We believe the story about technology is as big as the world that’s using it, and that everyone — from those building technology to those using it — can benefit from a broader global perspective.

Sophie Schmidt Founder & CEO

Sophie founded Rest of World in 2019 after a decade of living and working across Asia, Africa & the Middle East, and with companies like Uber and Xiaomi. She graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Kennedy School and Princeton University. Sophie is based in New York. Read why she started this publication in her founder’s note.

Anup Kaphle Executive Editor

Anup returned to New York from Nepal, where, as the editor-in-chief of the Kathmandu Post, he managed the country’s largest English-language newsroom as well as the publication’s digital platforms. Prior to that, he led efforts at the James Beard Award-winning Roads & Kingdoms, managed international reporting teams as BuzzFeed News’ deputy foreign editor, and oversaw digital efforts for the foreign desk at the Washington Post. Anup holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University.

Michael Donohoe Head of Product

Michael spent eight years at The New York Times, starting in software development and gradually moving into product focused roles. He helped launch Quartz, where, as the director of product and engineering, he set the initial product strategy and direction. He later led the re-design and re-platform of The New Yorker’s digital presence and paywall. Michael grew up in Ireland, speaks very little Irish, and is based in New York.


The Rest of World team includes journalists, editors, designers, and technologists who have worked at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Japan Times, BuzzFeed News, Quartz, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, and more. The team speaks 20 languages and its members have lived in 37 countries and counting.

A note about our name

If you don’t recognize it, “rest of world” is a ridiculous corporate term commonly used in global business operations. It’s a catch-all phrase that means, basically, “everyone else.” And it generally represents billions of people outside of the Western world. We know that their stories matter. The term “rest of world” is a symptom of a larger problem: a Western-centric worldview that leaves innumerable insights, opportunities and complexity out of the conversation.

Sources for homepage “Rest of World” animation, created by HyperxHouse:
BMW | Adidas | BP | Facebook | Snapchat | Spotify | Groupon | McKinsey | TripAdvisor