Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and many others. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media. Maker Media's Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution.
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April 15 2014Rod Smith of IBM and I had a call the other day to prepare for our onstage conversation at O’Reilly’s upcoming Solid Conference, and I was surprised to find how much we were in agreement about one idea: so many of the … read more
April 10 2014I was struck recently by two stories in the New York Times. The first, “Bishops Follow Pope’s Example: Opulence Is Out,” tells how bishop after bishop, either inspired by the Pope’s example or afraid of being shamed for not doing … read more
March 26 2014I published a long piece on LinkedIn yesterday, reflecting on Steven Brill’s excellent Time Magazine cover story, “Code Red_“, about the rescue of healthcare.gov by a small team of volunteer techies from Silicon Valley. The title of my piece took off from a … read more
March 14 2014Through an interesting confluence, I recently came across three different instances of the same question: what is the “minimum viable product” for urban renewal? Last Monday, I visited the O’Reilly Media office in the old Pfizer building in Brooklyn, and … read more
March 06 2014There was a great passage in Alexis Madrigal’s recent interview with Gibu Thomas, who runs innovation at Walmart: “Our philosophy is pretty simple: When we use data, be transparent to the customers so that they can know what’s going on. … read more
March 04 2014Eric Raymond’s “Myth of the Fall“, an account of the rise of software portability and reusable open source code (rather than the fall from a free software eden), should be required reading for free and open source developers, and for … read more
February 06 2014I wanted to provide a bit of perspective on the donation, announced on Wednesday by the White House, of a Safari Books Online subscription providing access to O’Reilly Media books, videos, and other educational content to every high school in … read more
October 09 2013My recent post, How I Failed, drew a huge amount of reader interest, and I wasn’t surprised. In fact, as we’ve been organizing the first Cultivate event—our new conference on how to build and sustain great companies by building a great culture—we’ve realized … read more
September 18 2013I recently posted a long thought piece entitled “How I Failed” on LinkedIn, and then a few days later, republished it here on my own Radar blog. (I published it on LinkedIn first because I wanted to reach the more business-oriented … read more
September 15 2013This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. When you start out as an entrepreneur, it’s just you and your idea, or you and your co-founder’s and your idea. Then you add customers, and they shape and mold you and that idea … read more
July 13 2013I used to read two print newspapers every morning. Now, I get most of my news online, but I still treasure my Sunday New York Times in print. This week, due to travel, I didn’t get a chance to catch … read more
July 05 2013I’m increasingly realizing that many of my gripes about applications these days are triggered by their failure to understand my context in the way that they can and should. For example: Unruly apps on my Android phone, like gmail or … read more
June 17 2013Back in 2006, Debra Chrapaty, then VP of Operations for Windows Live (later CIO at Zynga, and now CEO of Nirvanix) made a prescient comment to me: “In the future, being a developer on someone’s platform will mean being hosted … read more
May 30 2013Business Insider really jumped the shark with their recent post entitled These Are The Top 20 Tech Investors You Should Follow On Twitter. It was clearly linkbait for social media rather than real advice for those looking for investment wisdom. … read more
January 25 2013Today, O’Reilly Media announced that we have spun out Maker Media into a separate company. I want to give a bit of background on why we did this, and what we think the opportunity is for the new Maker Media … read more
January 18 2013A few years ago, when I was doing the research that led to my work in open government, I had a conversation with Aneesh Chopra, later the first Federal CTO but at the time, the Secretary of Technology for the … read more
January 17 2013One of the key notions in my “Government as a Platform” advocacy has been that there are other ways to partner with the private sector besides hiring contractors and buying technology. One of the best of these is to provide … read more
November 08 2012Back in 2003, Dave Stutz, in his parting letter to Microsoft, wrote a prescient line about the future of technology: “Useful software written above the level of the single device will command high margins for a long time to come. Stop … read more
October 16 2012I’m convinced that there’s a wave of innovation coming in healthcare, driven by new kinds of data, new ways of extracting meaning from that data, and new business models that data can enable. That’s one of the reasons why we launched … read more
July 16 2012Foreign policy, including the possibility of cyberwarfare, is no longer just between nations, but between nations and individuals, between nations and big companies, and between companies and industries. read more
July 15 2012This tweet from @jamesrbuk (James Ball) caught my eye: “Average age of @guardian Facebook audience is 29. Website is 37, print paper 44. Amazing channel effect, really. #newsrw” I’ve been thinking for some time how the web is “legacy” software, … read more
April 18 2012Why is the "Captain America" film a better adaptation than "John Carter"? Because "Captain America" understands the essence of what matters about the main character. The same notion applies to the authenticity of business brands. read more
March 19 2012The Health Data Initiative's annual "Health Datapalooza" is behing held June 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is just a few weeks away (March 30). read more
March 09 2012Todd Park is a guy who could do literally anything he put his mind to, and he's taking up the challenge of making our government smarter about technology. read more
March 07 2012Tim O'Reilly: "It's quite clear to me that there is a new economy of content that is quite possibly larger than the old one, but just not as well measured, because we measure value captured, not value created for users." read more
February 17 2012Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers." read more
January 19 2012On January 18, 2012, oreilly.com went dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act. We believe going dark was the principled action to take. read more
January 16 2012SOPA and PIPA not only harm the internet, they support existing content companies in their attempt to hold back innovative business models that will actually grow the market and deliver new value to consumers. read more
November 08 2011Subscription is the right model for heavy users, pay-per-view works for occasional users, ad-supported appears to be the best way to fund fast-changing current content, and of course, some content is better rendered as an app than a book. read more
October 26 2011I don't have the convening power of a governor, but for those of us around the world who care, I hereby declare this Sunday, October 30 to be Dennis Ritchie Day. read more
October 07 2011Last year, for Ada Lovelace Day, I wrote a post about why I admire Limor Fried, the founder and CEO of Adafruit Industries. This year, I thought I'd talk about Limor again, both because she is such a great example of the engineer/entrepreneur, and because she's working in an emerging… read more
August 01 2011A couple of months ago, I had a remarkable demonstration of the fragility of the "always on" connected mindset. I was on my way to the wonderful Hunewill Ranch for Francisco Dao's 50 Kings Cattle Drive (a remarkable event that deserves a post all its own.) Hunewill Ranch is on… read more
July 24 2011We've been contacted recently about issues of sexual harassment at technical conferences, including at Oscon, which starts tomorrow in Portland. At O'Reilly we take those issues very seriously. While we're still trying to understand exactly what might have happened at Oscon or other O'Reilly conferences in the past, it's become… read more
June 16 2011[View the story "Disastrous Implications of New Apple Patent for Blocking Cellphone Video" on Storify]... read more
June 09 2011Facebook's face recognition may provide a great strategy for cutting the Gordian Knot on this thorny privacy problem. read more
February 26 2011I love Warren Buffett's sense of the social responsibility inherent in running a business. Here, from his annual report (pdf), he discusses the particular responsibilities of owning a railroad: Earlier I explained just how important railroads are to our country’s future. Rail moves 42% of America’s inter-city freight, measured by… read more
November 30 2010A list from O'Reilly's Free to Choose Cyber-Monday promotion offers a fascinating view of what's on the minds of the core audience. read more
November 15 2010We need to tell the stories of success and failure, of thinking differently, of connecting communities to strengthen bonds, of sharing and coming together to solve problems, and of working on stuff that matters. read more
August 31 2010In my blog post State of the Internet Operating System a few months ago (and the followup Handicapping the Internet Platform Wars), I used the analogy of "the Great Game" played out between England and Russia in the late Victorian era for control of access to India through what is… read more
August 06 2010When I organize a conference, I don't just reach out to interesting speakers, I try to find people who can help to tell a story about what's important and where the future is going. We've been posting speakers for the second annual Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington DC Sept 7-8,… read more
July 30 2010This morning I had the chance to get a tour of The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, along with Dale Dougherty, creator of Make: and Makerfaire, and Marc Greuther, the chief curator of the museum. I had expected a museum dedicated to the auto industry, but it's so much… read more
May 30 2010When I wrote last week about Facebook privacy flap, I was speaking out of the frustration that many technologists with a sense of perspective feel when we see uninformed media hysteria about the impact of new technology. (How many of you remember all the scare stories about the risks of… read more
April 30 2010This post is Part Two of my State of the Internet Operating System. If you haven't read Part One, you should do so before reading this piece. As I wrote last month, it is becoming increasingly clear that the internet is becoming not just a platform, but an operating system,… read more
March 29 2010Ask yourself for a moment, what is the operating system of a Google or Bing search? What is the operating system of a mobile phone call? What is the operating system of maps and directions on your phone? What is the operating system of a tweet? read more
March 26 2010In response to the IEEE's report on Patent Power, which lists the top companies ranked by number of patents, Ari Shahdadi and Brad Burnham made trenchant comments in email that I thought were worth sharing (with their permission): Ari wrote: The main article is sad to read, with choice quotes… read more
March 24 2010I chose Limor Fried, founder and chief engineer of Adafruit Industries, as the subject of my post for Ada Lovelace Day for four reasons: Limor is a hardware engineer - one of those bastions of tech in which it's most important for young girls considering future careers to understand that… read more
March 11 2010In my advocacy around Government 2.0, I've been focused on the idea that government should act like a platform provider rather than a complete solution provider. That is, government should lay down rules of the road, create core functionality that others can build on, and then let the private sector… read more
February 16 2010With hundreds of millions of users paying to download music, applications and ebooks on mobile phones, with reports of Zynga generating hundreds of millions of dollars from selling virtual goods in social games, with startups like Square making mobile payment systems the hot new startup category, it's clear that e-commerce… read more
February 14 2010Last night I dreamed that one of my authors (no name or face that I can recall - one of the phantasms created by the half-waking imagination) had sold me rights to a novel he'd written, and was eager for me to publish it as an ebook. It turned out… read more
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"...appropriate for those you're trying to convince that Twitter is all the rage. The book reads like a beginner's how-to guide, which means you could even use it as a subtle way to encourage less than stellar Twitter users to improve their Twittering ways."
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"It may not be written in 140-character chunks, but it is easy reading and manages to pack in all kinds of information of interest to Twitter virgins and aficionados alike. "
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"The book is well-written and an easy read, and you'll likely find that it takes just a couple of hours to go cover to cover...a very worthwhile read, even for casual Twitterers. If you've been tweeting for awhile and scoff at the idea of a whole book being devoted to Twitter, then you are exactly the type of person to benefit the most by reading it."
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