Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O'Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.

sed & awk sed & awk
by Dale Dougherty, Arnold Robbins
Second Edition March 1997
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Using & Managing UUCP Using & Managing UUCP
by Ed Ravin, Tim O'Reilly, Dale Dougherty, Grace Todino-Gonguet
January 1996

The Mosaic Handbook for the X Window System The Mosaic Handbook for the X Window System
by Dale Dougherty, Richard Koman, Paula Ferguson
October 1994

The Mosaic Handbook for Microsoft Windows The Mosaic Handbook for Microsoft Windows
by Dale Dougherty, Richard Koman
October 1994

The Mosaic Handbook for the Macintosh The Mosaic Handbook for the Macintosh
by Richard Koman, Dale Dougherty
October 1994

Using UUCP and Usenet Using UUCP and Usenet
by Grace Todino-Gonguet, Dale Dougherty
October 1991

sed & awk sed & awk
by Dale Dougherty
November 1990

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A NY state of hardware

September 11 2013

This post was co-authored by Travis Good and Dale Dougherty Every major trend was once a fringe curiosity embraced by the few with a sense of mission. The current surge of hardware innovation is no exception. A relatively small group … read more

The makers of hardware innovation

April 26 2013

Chris Anderson wrote Makers and went from editor-in-chief of Wired to CEO of 3D Robotics, making his hobby his side job and then making it his main job. A new executive at Motorola Mobility, a division of Google, said that … read more

Making innovation: Open hardware, personal fab and collaborative design

May 11 2012

Being held May 15-16, MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop is an intensive introduction to the business of making and the makers who are creating these businesses. read more

Announcing Make's Hardware Innovation Workshop

April 06 2012

We're announcing the Hardware Innovation Workshop, a new business conference being held during the week of Maker Faire. read more

Creating Maker-friendly cities

February 27 2012

Governments, particularly local governments, need to do more to understand and adapt to what might be called DIY citizenship. read more

Maker Faire Detroit this weekend

July 29 2011

In our second Detroit Maker Faire we're able to see all kinds of examples of how makers have become resources for the community, contributing in Detroit and the region. read more

School district first to permit cell phone use during standardized tests

June 29 2011

(Green Onion News Network) The Harper Valley School Board recently adopted a policy that allows students to use their cell phones to search for answers on state-mandated standardized tests. read more

Ignite Education

March 29 2011

As was on display during Ignite Petaluma, the Ignite format offers a great way to bring together students, faculty and members of a community. read more

The NASA Make Challenge

March 01 2011

Makers can participate in a new kind of space program, one that expands beyond NASA to include commercial space collaboration. read more

Go-To-Meeting Government

February 12 2011

DealBook in the New York Times offers a portrait of Gary Gensler who is chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. I was inspired by Gensler's story. He moved from Wall Street to Washington to go into public service while raising three girls as a single father. His quest to… read more

Teachers as Makers

December 11 2010

When I began talking with folks from the National Writing Project last year, we hit on the idea that getting teachers to see themselves as makers was a great way to encourage making in schools. read more

Open sourcing space

November 03 2010

The space race has been reignited, but in a much different way. With off-the-shelf components and your own initiative, you can now launch a satellite or weather balloon. Dale Dougherty looks at this new wave of roll-your-own exploration. read more

Innovation, education and Makers

October 04 2010

During a recent workshop, Thomas Kalil of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy explored the impact of the DIY mindset on education and industry. The full text of Kalil's talk is included in this post. read more

A World's Faire for Makers

September 24 2010

The first Maker Faire on the east coast takes place this weekend on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the site of the 1964 World's Fair. Here's a preview of talks, events, and performances. read more

It's a time-sharing world

September 22 2010

Why own when sharing will do? In this interview, "The Mesh" author Lisa Gansky discusses the rise of sharing goods and services and how companies are adapting. read more

The VC-free startup

August 30 2010

The big-bet venture capital model works on occasion in Silicon Valley, but it seldom works elsewhere. Dale Daugherty mulls the trajectory of non-VC startups: the small firms that don't need an exit strategy because the business creates its own type of fulfillment. read more

The Big Picture: What are we making in school?

August 25 2010

Elliot Washor of Big Picture Learning organized an educational symposium during Maker Faire Detroit. The symposium brought together educators and practitioners who explored engaging the hands and minds of students, sometimes called thinkering. As a group, they experienced Maker Faire and then met to discuss "how making can be an… read more

Detroit 2.0: Motor City to Maker City

July 27 2010

Maker Faire Detroit opens this coming weekend at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Our goal is to create a fun, family-friendly event and showcase talented makers from Michigan and aroundthe Midwest. I also think the event gives us an opportunity to consider ways that makers can be part of re-inventing… read more

Detroit Can Do Camp - July 29

July 21 2010

As part of the week leading up to Maker Faire Detroit, we have organized Can Do Camp for Thursday, July 29 at Eastern Market in Detroit. Can Do Camp is an informal day for makers to meet each other and explore the DIY mindset. This mindset is a powerful and… read more

The manufacturing future

July 06 2010

Dale Dougherty weaves together recent commentary and his own first-hand observations from the manufacturing world. In this piece, he asks: What can we learn from China? Can the U.S. become more competitive as a maker of things? read more

Fast-Tracking: Alternatives to College

June 28 2010

At Foo Camp 2010, Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho, gave a talk called "Alternatives to College." I was so excited by what he had to say that I wanted to be able to share it more widely -- after all, only two people came to his talk. So I recorded… read more

Make-offs: DIY indie innovations

May 20 2010

With Maker Faire Bay Area scheduled for this weekend, we take a look at makers who are using low-cost, open-source tools to create sophisticated projects and experiments. read more

What would technology do best for learning?

May 12 2010

An evolving set of best practices could offer a big lift for educational technology projects. Established best practices could define standards of quality and help others avoid pitfalls. Toward that end, here's a collection of thoughts intended to help those developing their own projects. read more

A Hunger for Good Learning

April 20 2010

Take a few minutes to watch Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) talk about a makeover of the math curriculum in this TedxNYED session. Dan does a brilliant job of explaining why textbooks fail, why they don't help kids learn, why they should do less. I particularly like Dan's deconstruction of textbooks and… read more

The iPad needs its HyperCard

March 29 2010

Dale Dougherty says that for the iPad to be something different, it must not be just a delivery platform but a creative one. It needs to offer professionals and amateurs an opportunity to create a unique experience with interactive media. read more

A Prism for Jolicloud: Web-Centric Desktop Apps

February 26 2010

I recently bought a netbook and installed Jolicloud, a Linux/Ubuntu distro designed as a replacement for, or companion to, Windows. Jolicloud was a revelation, something fresh and new in the seemingly snail-paced world of desktop computing. The bold idea of Jolicloud is that the browser is the operating system. It's… read more

The Lessons We Don't Learn

December 04 2009

In my Twitter stream today, Sylvia Martinez (@smartinez) retweeted a link to Seymour Papert's 1980 paper written for a Presidential commission that proposed that we provide a computer for every child in America. Long before One Laptop Per Child, Papert saw that computers should not be an "auxiliary" aid to… read more

George Dyson's "Among the Machines" in Mountain View

October 19 2009

Science historian, author and Make columnist George Dyson will give a lecture tonight on the "Evolution of Technology: Darwin Among the Machines." The talk will be at 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Mountain View. The talk is part of a series hosted… read more

A More Public Role for Public Broadcasting: Education

October 09 2009

Imagine a broadcast network in America that was dedicated to education, where the best educators had the opportunity to produce its programming, and where individuals as well as institutions could develop a new genre of wide-ranging educational programs? Educational programming could elevate the role of teaching in our culture and… read more

Maker Faire Opens Saturday

May 30 2009

Maker Faire is here again, our fourth annual event in the Bay Area. Once again, you just won't believe how much there is to see and do at Maker Faire. Makers were busy today setting up on Friday. In the morning, we had 400 kids visit the fairgrounds for a… read more

The Sizzling Sound of Music

March 02 2009

Are iPods changing our perception of music? Are the sounds of MP3s the music we like to hear most? Jonathan Berger, professor of music at Stanford, was on a panel with me at a meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Mountain View, CA on Saturday. Berger's… read more

Capturing the Knowledge of Mill-Wrights

February 04 2009

Driving through Napa over the weekend, I saw a roadsign that said "Milling Today" at the Old Bale Grist Mill. I had to stop and take a look. The restored mill has a 36' "overshot" waterwheel so called because water pours on top of the wheel, directed there by a… read more

Big Mo' and The Bears

January 31 2009

If you watch sports, as many will do this with the Super Bowl on Sunday, you know that games can change direction. Something happens and momentum changes quite suddenly. A team that was piling up scores suddenly becomes tentative and defensive, as was the case with the Arizona Cardinals in… read more

Admiring Bill Gates

December 24 2008

Dare I say this on O'Reilly Radar? I admire Bill Gates. If I had a vote for Person of the Year, Gates would get mine. Let me explain why. This year, Gates made an important and potentially difficult transition at age 52, leaving Microsoft as CEO and devoting more of… read more

Clever Emoticarolers App

December 10 2008

Open the door and smiley-face carolers sing a song that you can customize and send to others. That's the emoticarolers concept, worked up by Jason Striegel, our Hackszine editor, who leads the development side of things for Colle+McVoy in Minneapolis. The team created this clever holiday "text-to-sing" promotion for Yahoo… read more

The Visible Hand

November 11 2008

I wrote this piece about a month ago as the Welcome for Make: 16, which will be on the newsstand soon. As I write this, there is panic on Wall Street despite Washington’s $700 billion rescue attempt. The crisis is not contained by U.S. borders, but extends to Europe and… read more

Annals of the Patently Absurd

August 27 2008

Microsoft has received a patent on a "new and improved" Page-Up and Page-Down system. Timothy D. Sellers et al. was awarded the patent on August 19, 2008 for a "Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments." Abstract for United States Patent 7,415,666 A method and system in… read more

What A Tiger Can Do

June 19 2008

This past weekend I watched a superhero fall to incredible lows and rise to unbelievable heights. I wasn't watching one of the manufactured Marvel superheroes on the big screen. I was watching Tiger Woods live on TV. I was watching him create one of the most compelling stories ever in… read more

Hurrah for Home Chemistry

April 28 2008

Today, in most schools, science is taught as a body of acquired knowledge, but not as much as a set of tools and practices that were used to discover that knowledge and expand upon it. Students are expected to learn from lectures and textbooks, not labs with hands-on learning and… read more

Good Devices Gone Bad

April 01 2008

(This entry itself had problems after posting and it took a day to fix. A good entry gone bad.) My sister, Doreen, who is seldom on the bleeding edge of technology, bought a Kindle in January and by March she was sending it back. My Kindle was a clunker. I… read more

Hazards of Wifi

March 22 2008

Our town, Sebastopol, had passed a resolution in November to permit a local Internet provider to provide public wireless access. This week, fourteen people showed up at a City Council meeting to make the claim that wireless caused health problems... read more

I Make... (Maker Faire Bay Area May 3-4)

March 15 2008

If you wonder what Maker Faire is all about, check out this video, created by eric michael berg, a video intern working with us out of New York. He came to Maker Faire Austin and put together this simple but... read more

The Shipyard Returns

February 23 2008

Last May, I wrote about the City of Berkeley closing down The Shipyard. A communal workspace for artists and alternative techies, The Shipyard was organized by Jim Mason; it was built as stacks of shipping containers. After the shutdown notice... read more

Wired News from the Past

February 08 2008

"The telegraph made it possible for people in different places to read the same news." -- Valerie Komor We take news for granted. At the Money:Tech Conference today, speakers were talking about how to deal with real-time newsfeeds, which continues... read more

Slow Down and Read Make

January 22 2008

The comic "Over the Hedge" featured Make in its January 21st strip. Thanks to Poncho Alarcon of Monterrey, Mexico who spotted the turtle named Verne reading Make. I'm working on a piece for the next issue of Make called "Slow... read more

Hand of Google

January 19 2008

While looking at a library book scanned by Google, I found this image, the hand behind the scanner revealed.... read more

The Rest of the Rest of Us

January 16 2008

Macworld is about the excitement of the arrival of new "cargo," to use Jared Diamond's term from Guns, Germs, and Steel. As Diamond wrote, people with more resources see the world differently. It shapes our world view. The things we... read more

Designing for Fun on the Run

December 18 2007

Last week's Interaction Design class presentations at Stanford made me laugh. Scott Klemmer's CS147 class, a mix of undergrads and graduate students, demonstrated applications for mobile devices, which featured Nokia N95 (supplied by Nokia) and the iPhone. Each of the... read more

A Passion for Reading

December 10 2007

Several items about books: Stephen Levy writes in his Newsweek cover story on the Kindle and Jeff Bezos: "When making mental lists of the most whiz-bangy technological creations in our lives, [...] we may overlook an object that is superbly... read more

Kith and Kindle

December 01 2007

Amazon's personal electronic reader cannot go it alone. Here is an idea for the Kindle to become part of the social media landscape. Let's call it Kindle's Family and Friends plan. Similar to a few cell phone plans, let a... read more

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Webcast: Automakers 2.0 - A Maker Faire Webcast
May 19, 2010
What would it mean to write a Hello, Car program? What kind of applications might interact with a networked automobile? What happens when the car becomes a platform for open innovation? It just might transform the auto industry by providing new opportunities...