Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software” or “web 2.0” or “the Maker movement” or “government as a platform” or “the WTF economy,” he’s had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media, and a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also on the boards of Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox. His book, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us, was released by Harper Collins in October 2017. He is a Visiting Professor of Practice at University College London's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, where he is researching a new approach to regulating big technology platforms by limiting their ability to extract economic rents.


Changing contexts and intents

March 13, 2019

The internet itself is a changing context—we’re right to worry about data flows, but we also have to worry about the context changing even when data doesn’t flow.

Future of the firm

March 12, 2019

Mapping the complex forces that are reshaping organizations and changing the employee/employer relationship.

Gradually, then suddenly

January 10, 2019

Technological change often happens gradually, then suddenly. Tim O'Reilly explores the areas poised for sudden shifts.

What’d I miss?

January 8, 2018

Tim O'Reilly reflects on the stories from 2017 that played out after he finished writing his new book.

Our Skynet moment

September 20, 2017

Tim O'Reilly says the algorithms that shape our economy must be rewritten if we want to create a more human-centered future.

Using AI to create new jobs

May 25, 2017

Tim O’Reilly delves into past technological transitions, speculates on the possibilities of AI, and looks at what's keeping us from making the right choices to govern our creations.

How I detect fake news

December 7, 2016

How I traced the falsity of one internet meme, and what that teaches us about how an algorithm might do it.

“Wall Street made me do it”

December 1, 2016

We have to change the incentives that encourage companies to choose boosting their stock price over investing in people and the real economy.

Media in the age of algorithms

November 16, 2016

The problem of fake news and bad sites trying to game the system is an industry-wide problem — companies should share data and best practices in the effort to combat it.

What will AI make possible that’s impossible today?

October 20, 2016

If we let machines put us out of work, it will be because of a failure of imagination and a lack of will to make a better future. (Full text, video, and slides from Tim O'Reilly's talk at the White House Frontiers Conference.)

Creating a culture of learning

October 10, 2016

Tim O’Reilly, Laura Baldwin, and Jake Schwartz discuss advances in just-in-time corporate education and how companies and their staffs can keep up with the pace of change.

What should Alexa do?

September 29, 2016

The success of the Amazon Echo’s speech interface shows there's an opportunity for someone to build a completely new mobile operating system.

Why we’ll never run out of jobs

September 26, 2016

Tim O’Reilly explains why we can’t just use technology to replace people; we must use it to augment them so they can do things that were previously impossible.

Tim O’Reilly: How smart managers should use artificial intelligence

August 30, 2016

Artificial intelligence isn't just about replacing humans with computers; the best managers will find ways to use AI to augment their workers. In this video, a compilation of clips from the O'Reilly Next:Economy Summit 2015, Tim O'Reilly talks with AI leaders who see an essential role for humans in the AI-enabled world.

What would Alexa do?

August 19, 2016

Alexa shows what’s possible when conversational interfaces just work.

Escaping the superstar syndrome

October 30, 2015

Sports show us the impact a superstar can have on the success of a team. But it's the team with the most superstars that wins.

The WTF Economy

July 8, 2015

What do on-demand services, AI, and the $15 minimum wage movement have in common?

The Internet of Things and Humans

November 20, 2014

The network, new data capabilities, and mobile devices rich in sensors have created fresh and unconventional possibilities to rethink workflows and processes in the real world.

By People, For People

September 17, 2014

The failure of healthcare.gov was a textbook DevOps (or rather, lack of DevOps) case study. But it’s part of a wider pattern that reminds us that people should be at the heart of everything we build. In fact, getting the “people” part right is the key both to DevOps and great user experience design.

How I failed

September 16, 2013

A candid post about some of the things that kept me, my employees, and our company from achieving our full potential.


The Huffington Post has a fake news problem

December 6, 2016

It isn’t just Facebook that has a fake news problem, and it isn’t just Donald Trump and kids in Macedonia who are using social media to send the news spinning wildly away from the truth.

Putting open source to work

April 21, 2016

OSCON is where independent developers and enterprise users find the knowledge and inspiration to work on things that matter.

Dennis Ritchie Day

October 25, 2011

On 10/30/11 let's remember the contributions of computing pioneer Dennis Ritchie.