Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Sebastopol, California


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.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Web 2.0
  • open source
  • emerging technologies


The Twitter Book by Sarah Milstein, Tim O'Reilly Second Edition November 2011
UNIX PowerTools by Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides Second Edition August 1997



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...
Best of Strata Rx 2012: Disruptors: What Healthcare Will Look Like In 2020 June 28, 2013 This is an exclusive panel discussion with Tim O'Reilly, DJ Patill, John Mattison, and Benjamin West recorded live from Strata Rx 2012.
Webcast: Points of Control: The Battle for the Internet Economy October 27, 2010 John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly will debate and discuss these shifting points of control as the board becomes increasingly crowded. They'll map critical inflection points and identify key players who are clashing to control services and infrastructure...
Webcast: What is Gov 2.0? May 11, 2010 What is the open government revolution and why should technologists care about it? Join Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media founder and CEO, for a discussion about improving efficiency and transparency in government, citizen-government collaboration, and government...
Webcast: Web Squared June 25, 2009 As we approach the six-year mark from the original Web 2.0 thesis, the trends are becoming clearer than ever. Tim O'Reilly, CEO and Founder of O'Reilly Media, and John Battelle, Founder and Chairman of Federated Media Publishing will present the trends...
Webcast: Twitter Power Tips May 21, 2009 In this webcast, Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein, Twitter experts and coauthors of the The Twitter Book, will show you how to use Twitter more effectively, whether you're on the site for personal socializing or to meet business goals.
Inside Google+: Bradley Horowitz talks with Tim O'Reilly August 23, 2011 Google is famously driven by data. Until Google+ that data was about web pages, places and news. Now that Google has added people to the mix, how will they use this data? In a conversation with Tim O'Reilly, Bradley Horowitz (Google's VP of Product Management...
Webcast: Tim O'Reilly and Dave Campbell Explore How to Accelerate Insights from Data May 14, 2012 Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, talks with Microsoft Technical Fellow Dave Campbell about new tools for data.


“If you have any doubts as to how all the medical data you generate can help you down the road, this will get you thinking in a different direction.”
— Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings
“All in all, The Twitter Book is filled with information on Twitter. It's a terrific resource. I highly recommend it to everyone, whether a serious user or a Twitter newbie. Then it's up to you to decide how much you want to be involved.”
— Mark Bazrod, MLMUG.org
“No matter how well you think you understand Twitter, you should have The Twitter Book on your bookshelf. It opens your eyes to new information and is a handy reference book for things you already know. Every Twitter account should come with a copy of The Twitter Book!”
— Jodi Webb, San Francisco Book Review
“The book will appeal to anyone who has never used Twitter whilst still satisfying the long-time experienced or business user.”
— Mark Greentree
“Whether you're new to Twitter or have been using it for a while, you will definitely find useful information to help you streamline what you're doing and increase your reach. The book is very easy to follow even for those of use who are not technical gurus. The book walks you through Twitter from the very basic new user to a more advanced business user. You need this resource!”
— Confessions of an Overworked Mom, Blogcritics
“...one of the best instructional paperbacks on the market to get you up and running... They are patient, friendly, witty and utterly knowledgeable. You’ll be tweeting and retweeting in no time.”
— Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine
“It's easy to understand, provides lots of examples, and clears up the jargon which surrounds twitter. If you're a late adopter, unsure of web 2.0 technology, this book is for you.”
— Tim Lepczyk, Digital Dunes
“If you're interested in social networking for personal, blog or business use, I highly recommend this book. If you just want to understand the Tweeting hype, I highly recommend this book. And if you want to know how those blasted hashtags come into play, I definitely recommend this book. :)”
— Amanda Howell, Fiery-Reviews
“...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.”
— Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable.com
“This is one of the better books I’ve read this year, and it’s absolutely worth adding to your shelf.”
— Jim Holmes, FrazzledDad
“O'Reilly's practical, easy-to-follow, user-friendly guide, filled with colorful, informative insets makes a novice user into an expert within a short period. Or as Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos writes, "...O'Reilly has put together a great, comprehensive primer. If you're ready to dive into the world of Twitter, I highly recommend this book!" And so do I.”
— Gail Welborn, Seattle Examiner
“Brilliant! Buy it! You'll use it immediately. It’s is an absolute corker, as we say here in these southern parts, meaning that it’s the dogs (Londoners will know what I mean). You could also take it to mean that you would be a mug (or ‘muggins’) to not pick up a copy. You will learn something immediately from it, just by flicking through its pages while you are waiting at the checkout...”
— Lee Hopkins, Better Communication Results
“...if you are looking for a brief fiction break, or need a new handbook for your maximizing your Twitter tweets, definitely check this book out! ”
— GMR, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
“Suffice to say that any detail you need to know is available in this handy, easy to use reference...I’d recommend this book to anyone hesitant to try Twitter because it seems overwhelming and current “tweeps” who would like to pick up some tips from the pros. ”
— Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers
“Pick up a copy if have not already. ”
— Bill Ives, Portals and KM
“Every question you might have about what Twitter is and how to use it has been answered in O’Reilly press’ timely new The Twitter Book.”
— Jonathon Howard, Sacramento Book Review
“The best things about the book are the practical suggestions and recommendations regarding its use, for personal pleasure and communications with friends and family, and for learning how to make new friends and contacts...Overall, this was a surprisingly enjoyable reading activity.”
— John Suda, iTunes
“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. ”
— Tom Simonite, New Scientist Magazine, issue 2718
“The book itself was great, and more than up to the high standards I expect from an O’Reilly book. It does an excellent job of detailing what Twitter is...Overall this was a great read and reading it on the iPhone turned out to be better than I had expected and would read more books this way. If you’re looking to learn more about Twitter I highly recommend, and if you have an iPhone you might want to give the app version a try too.”
— Joe, joedag32
“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.”
— Dan Watts, GigaMegaBlog