Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. His company is publisher of the iconic “animal books” for software developers, creator of the first commercial website (GNN), organizer of the summit meeting that gave the open source software movement its name, and he was a key figure in the “Web 2.0” renaissance after the dot com bust, focusing the industry on the role of data rather than software in driving competitive advantage in the next generation of applications. O’Reilly’s Maker Media’s Maker Faire have been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. O’Reilly also hosts conferences, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and, in the past, Tools of Change for Publishing, among others.
Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O’Reilly’s early stage venture firm, and is on the boards of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O’Reilly Media. Tim “watches the alpha geeks” to determine emerging technology trends, and uses his platform for advocacy about issues where the future of technology intersects with public policy. His constant injunction to the tech world is to “work on stuff that matters.” Tim graduated from Harvard College in 1975 with a degree in Classics. He began working as a technical writer, and soon began writing and publishing his own books on technology topics. Since 1978, O’Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development. His writings and speeches have played a key role in understanding the evolution of the internet as a platform, and he has been a catalyst for Gov 2.0 “government as a platform” efforts at the federal, state, and local level.