Jim Stogdill

Jim Stogdill

Jim Stogdill heads up O'Reilly's Radar and Strata businesses. A lifelong technology practitioner, he's finding this media thing ridiculously fun. In a previous life he traveled the world with the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately, from his vantage point it all looked like the inside of a submarine. He spends his free time hacking silver halides with decidedly low-tech gear.

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Welcome back, Weblandians

June 02 2014

Note: this post is a slightly hydrated version of my Solid keynote. To get it out in 10 minutes, I had to remove a few ideas and streamline it a bit for oral delivery; this is the full version. In … read more

Bitcoin: what happens when the miners pack up their gear?

April 29 2014

Radar has a backchannel, and sometimes we have interesting conversations on it. Mike Loukides and I recently had a long chat about bitcoin. Both of us were thinking out loud and learning as we went along, and on re-reading the … read more

M2M, IoT, and the invisibility of ubiquity

April 18 2014

I started writing this post to respond to the question: “What is the difference between machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT)?” It turns out, a post answering that question isn’t really necessary. There is already a pretty good … read more

Security and the Internet of stuff in your life

April 10 2014

Your computer is important. It has access to your Amazon account, probably your bank, your tax returns, and maybe even your medical records. It’s scary when it gets pwnd, and it gets pwned regularly because it’s essentially impossible to fully … read more

Podcast: Personalizing hardware with data? Personalizing people with CRISPR?

April 07 2014

This week in our Radar podcast, Jon and I both had colds. You’ll be pleased to know that I edited out all the sneezes, coughs, and general upper respiratory mayhem, but unfortunately there is no Audacity filter for a voice … read more

Connected for a purpose

March 31 2014

A few months ago, I rented a Toyota Prius and was driving it up the 101 when, predictably, I ran into a long stretch of mostly-stop-with-some-go traffic. I remember thinking at the time, “It’s too bad this thing didn’t see … read more

That thing looks like hardware, but it’s software now

March 25 2014

I saw this piece in the U.S. Naval Institute News today that notes software delays could translate into less effective Joint Strike Fighters. (It’s based on the GAO’s report that can be found here.) I also read somewhere that the … read more

Exploring software, hardware, everywhere

March 17 2014

Last week, Tim O’Reilly and I sat down in San Francisco and had a conversation about the collision of hardware and software. The fact that digital entrepreneurs see hardware as part of their available palette now is really interesting, as … read more

The technology and jobs debate raises complex questions

February 25 2014

Editor’s note: Doug Hill and I recently had a conversation here on Radar about the impact of automation on jobs. In one of our exchanges, Doug mentioned a piece by James Bessen. James reached out to me and was kind … read more

Why Solid, why now

February 07 2014

A few years ago at OSCON, one of the tutorials demonstrated how to click a virtual light switch in Second Life and have a real desk lamp light up in the room. Looking back, it was rather trivial, but it … read more

Trope or fact? Technology creates more jobs than it destroys

February 05 2014

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new here. I read this back-and-forth exchange and decided we should give it a try. Or, more accurately, since we’re already having plenty of back-and-forth email exchanges like that, we just need to start publishing … read more

Podcast: Solid, tech for humans, and maybe a field trip?

January 23 2014

We were snowed in, but the phones still worked, so Jon Bruner, Mike Loukides, and I got together on the phone to have a chat. We start off talking about the results of the Solid call for proposals, but as … read more

Patents, they’re not what they used to be

November 21 2013

When I was about 16, I went to visit my grandfather in Denver, where he’d decided to retire. He moved there after spending 30 years in Midland, Michigan working for Dow Chemical. I guess he went west for the dry … read more

A connected world is a better world. Right?

November 09 2013

We are more connected now than ever: You can chat with your kids when you’re on the road, so can a pedophile. You can access your bank account in your pajamas, so can the RBN. Your healthcare data is always … read more

Where Innovation Lives

July 20 2013

I sat down with Jon Bruner in New York City this week to talk about where innovation happens. Concentration still seems to matter, even in a networked world, but concentration of what? Minds, money, markets, or manufacturing know-how? People we … read more

Talking about in-memory

May 22 2013

I flew to the west coast this week to attend Maker Faire with my computer-programming, ham-radio-building, hardware-curious teenage cousin. I’ve attended twice in New York but this was my first trip to the mothership. Wow. So much cool stuff to … read more

Software and the physical world

May 17 2013

In this episode of the Radar podcast series Jon Bruner and I are joined by Mike Loukides as we muse more on software and the physical world. No coffee shop clatter in the background this time around as we were … read more

When industrial revolutions collide

May 03 2013

Jon Bruner and I continued our Radar coffee talk series of conversations at Astro Coffee in Detroit’s Corktown. In the shadow of the abandoned Michigan Central Station we reflected on what we think of as a collision between the second … read more

IT and Engineers

April 26 2013

Jon Bruner and I got together last week in Cambridge, MA to have a cup of coffee and talk about the industrial internet. During this conversation we mused on the inevitable collision of cultures when Silicon Valley meets industrial heartland, … read more

Privacy vs. speech

April 09 2013

A week or so ago this link made its way through my tweet stream: “Privacy and the right to be forgotten.” Honestly I didn’t really even read it. I just retweeted it with a +1 or some other sign of … read more


April 05 2013

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke I spent Wednesday at Penn Medicine’s Connected Health event in Philadelphia. We saw an array of technologies that wouldn’t even have been imaginable when I came into this … read more

Frozen turkeys are thermal batteries

February 11 2013

I went to San Diego two weeks ago for DistribuTECH as part of our ongoing investigation into the industrial Internet. DistribuTECH is a very large conference for electric utility operators in the U.S. and while I was there ran into … read more

Have an idea for a health care startup?

February 06 2013

I sit down now and then with Roy Rosin at the East coast hub of health care business networking, the Gryphon Cafe in Wayne, PA. (I’m saying that only slightly tongue in cheek.) Roy was the long-time Chief Innovation Officer … read more

Deploying surveillance countermeasures on the web?

January 04 2013

Margaret Lord: “Oh, dear. Is there no such thing as privacy any more?” Tracy Lord: “Only in bed, mother, and not always there.” The Philadelphia Story, 1940 Over the summer I wrote a post lamenting IPv4 address scarcity and how … read more

Radar: Looking forward to 2013

January 02 2013

The Radar team got together in December to work through our priorities for 2013. This blog is where we narrate our work, but our real goal is to identify and create new products and businesses for O’Reilly. This year we … read more

The industrial Internet from a startup perspective

December 20 2012

I don’t remember when I first met Todd Huffman, but for the longest time I seemed to run into him in all kinds of odd places, but mostly in airport waiting areas as our nomadic paths intersected randomly and with … read more

Why isn’t social media more like real life?

December 19 2012

I finally got around to looking at my personal network graph on Linkedin Labs the other day. It was a fun exercise and I got at least one interesting insight from it. Take a look at these two well defined … read more

Sorry I was laughing during your funeral

October 31 2012

Since the advent of Twitter I’ve often found myself laughing at funerals, crying at parties, and generally failing time and again to say the right thing. Twitter is so immediate, so of the moment, but it connects people across the … read more

Culture transmission is bi-directional

October 11 2012

I read this piece in the New York Times the other day and have read it two or three more times since then. It dives into the controversy around DARPA’s involvement in hacker space funding. But frankly, every time I … read more

Welcome Jon Bruner to Radar

August 23 2012

Where are my manners? Jon Bruner posted his first piece to Radar two weeks ago and I’m just now getting around to welcoming him. Jon joins our Radar team this month from Forbes where he covered the technology of data. … read more

NBC #Fail

July 28 2012

I’m violating my first rule. I’m writing angry. But… I love the olympics. I love sport. And the olympics, still, despite it all, seem to me an incredible distillation of sport’s dedication, intensity, joy, humanity, and drama. Whether it’s the … read more

Heavy data and architectural convergence

July 09 2012

Imagine a future where large clusters of like machines dynamically adapt between programming paradigms depending on a combination of the resident data and the required processing. read more

Ten years of Foo Camp

June 27 2012

We curate topic areas and interesting people, but Foo Camp is designed to be an idea collider. It's an intentional serendipity engine that works the seams in between. read more

IPv6 day and the state of the edge

June 06 2012

Will IPv6 give us back an open Internet? Or has address scarcity already set the course for gravitational determinism and continued centralization? read more

Quantified me

May 22 2012

I'm trying to walk the line between obsessive tracking and an open ended approach to motivation. read more

The chicken and egg of big data solutions

May 16 2012

So, here we are with all of this disruptive big data technology, but we seem to have lost the institutional wherewithal to do anything with it in a lot of large companies, at least until package solutions come along. read more

I'm joining O'Reilly

May 10 2012

Radar isn't just this blog, and it isn't a passive thing. We'll make some noise and listen for echoes. read more

My Paleo Media Diet

March 23 2012

Jim Stogdill is tired of running on the info treadmill, so he's changing his media habits. His new approach: "Where I can, adapt to my surroundings, where I can't, adapt my surroundings to me." read more

Take a break and "PressPausePlay"

March 16 2012

Watch this wonderful film on the digital upending of cultural production. Then open up Garage Band and write a song about it ... read more

An ethical bargain

June 01 2011

Most of the relationships you build with corporations are like icebergs — essentially hidden from view. But what if we could interact with "human" corporations? What would that look like? How would it work? read more

Quantum trading! And tunnels through the Earth!

April 17 2011

Remember when we used to place data centers in whatever cheap abandoned warehouse was nearby? That's a quaint notion in an era where trading advantage and arbitrage depend more and more on the speed of light and link distance. read more

Big data: Global good or zero-sum arms race?

April 12 2011

Will a big data revolution dramatically change lives, or will it instead yield a middle class feel-good machine that's irrelevant to the working poor? read more

Amygdala FarmVille

April 06 2011

We have entered the Matrix, but it's not our body heat companies want. They want the preference model encoded in our amygdala and a list of all the people that might influence that model — and you may not realize it, but you're giving it to them. read more

Points of control = Rents - Innovation was once the sole rent source in the computer industry, but things have changed.

October 29 2010

We love companies that innovate, even if they can extract rent from it. What we don't like is when they mature and transition to less palatable rent extraction strategies... read more

Points of control = Rents

October 29 2010

We love companies that innovate, even if they can extract rent from it. What we don't like is when they mature and transition to less palatable rent extraction strategies. read more

Better, faster, cheaper ... emergent

September 08 2010

In this response to Carl Malamud's Gov 2.0 Summit speech, Jim Stogdill says that demonizing the "beltway bandits" without addressing the root cause -- the lock-in incentives inherent in a single-customer market -- will just lead to new ways to lock them in. Fixing government IT means fixing incentives and… read more

Streamlining Craft in Digital Video

June 09 2010

Digital video streamlines the craft of filmmaking and makes a pro-equivilent look available to the amateur film maker. read more

The iPad isn't a computer, it's a distribution channel

April 13 2010

The iPhone was a relatively open phone and we accepted it, but the iPad is a relatively closed computer designed to be a controlled distribution channel, and that's a bummer. read more

Yammer: Will Viral Work in the Enterprise?

March 05 2010

Yammer is getting viral adoption in the enterprise, but will it convert to sales? read more

The Web^2: it's Exponential, but is it Contracting or Expanding ...

June 19 2009

The theme for the Web 2.0 Summit this year is Web Squared. It is rooted in the idea that as the web morphs into less of a hub and spoke distribution model and more of a network of connected people and things, innovation and opportunity ... read more

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Webcast: Tim O'Reilly and Jim Stogdill Explore Software / Hardware / Everywhere
March 12, 2014
Join Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, and Jim Stogdill, who leads O'Reilly's Solid, in a live-streamed conversation about the current state of the convergence of hardware and software, what this means beyond the Internet of Things, new...