Tim O'Reilly

http://twitter.com/timoreilly

Sebastopol, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Web 2.0
  • open source
  • emerging technologies
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O'Reilly" Camps, which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. 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's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. In addition to O'Reilly Media, Tim is a founder of Safari Books Online, a pioneering subscription service for accessing books online, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care
by Tim O'Reilly , Mike Loukides , Julie Steele , Colin Hill
August 2012
Ebook: $0.00

Economic Impact of Open Source on Small Business: A Case Study Economic Impact of Open Source on Small Business: A Case Study
by Mike Hendrickson , Roger Magoulas , Tim O'Reilly
July 2012
Ebook: $0.00

The Twitter Book The Twitter Book
by Sarah Milstein , Tim O'Reilly
Second Edition November 2011
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $15.99

The Facebook Application Platform: An O'Reilly Radar Report The Facebook Application Platform: An O'Reilly Radar Report
by Tim O'Reilly , O'Reilly Radar Team
June 2009 (est.)
Ebook: $149.00

Twitter and the Micro-Messaging Revolution: Communication, Connections, and Immediacy--140 Characters at a Time Twitter and the Micro-Messaging Revolution: Communication, Connections, and Immediacy--140 Characters at a Time
by Abdur Chowdhury , Gregor Hochmuth , Ben Lorica , Roger Magoulas , Sarah Milstein , Tim O'Reilly
June 2009 (est.)
Ebook: $99.00

The Twitter Book The Twitter Book
by Tim O'Reilly , Sarah Milstein
May 2009
Ebook: $15.99

Windows XP in a Nutshell Windows XP in a Nutshell
by David A. Karp , Tim O'Reilly , Troy Mott
Second Edition January 2005
Print: $44.99

Unix Power Tools Unix Power Tools
by Shelley Powers , Jerry Peek , Tim O'Reilly , Mike Loukides
Third Edition October 2002
Print: $74.99
Ebook: $55.99

UNIX Power Tools UNIX Power Tools
by Jerry Peek , Mike Loukides , Tim O'Reilly , et al.
October 2002
OUT OF PRINT

Windows XP in a Nutshell Windows XP in a Nutshell
by David A. Karp , Tim O'Reilly , Troy Mott
April 2002
OUT OF PRINT

Peer-to-Peer Peer-to-Peer
by Nelson Minar , Marc Hedlund , Clay Shirky , Tim O'Reilly , Dan Bricklin , David Anderson , Jeremie Miller , Adam Langley , Gene Kan , Alan Brown , Marc Waldman , Lorrie Faith Cranor , Aviel Rubin , Roger Dingledine , Michael Freedman , David Molnar , Rael Dornfest , Dan Brickley , Theodore Hong , Richard Lethin , Jon Udell , Nimisha Asthagiri , Walter Tuvell , Brandon Wiley
February 2001
Print: $29.95

Windows 98 in a Nutshell Windows 98 in a Nutshell
by Tim O'Reilly , Troy Mott , Walter Glenn
August 1999
Print: $44.99

Windows 95 in a Nutshell Windows 95 in a Nutshell
by Tim O'Reilly , Troy Mott
June 1998
OUT OF PRINT

UNIX  PowerTools UNIX PowerTools
by Jerry Peek , Tim O'Reilly , Mike Loukides
Second Edition August 1997
OUT OF PRINT

Using & Managing UUCP Using & Managing UUCP
by Ed Ravin , Tim O'Reilly , Dale Dougherty , Grace Todino-Gonguet
January 1996
OUT OF PRINT

Volume 3: X Window System User's Guide Volume 3: X Window System User's Guide
by Valerie Quercia , Tim O'Reilly
Fourth Edition June 1994
OUT OF PRINT

X Users Guide Motif R5 X Users Guide Motif R5
by Valerie Quercia , Tim O'Reilly
Second Edition June 1994
Print: $34.95

X Toolkit Intrinsics Prog  Vol 4M X Toolkit Intrinsics Prog Vol 4M
by Tim O'Reilly , Adrian Nye
Second Edition August 1992
Print: $34.95

Volume 4: X Toolkit Intrinsics Programming Manual Volume 4: X Toolkit Intrinsics Programming Manual
by Adrian Nye , Tim O'Reilly
Third Edition August 1992
OUT OF PRINT

Managing UUCP and Usenet Managing UUCP and Usenet
by Grace Todino-Gonguet , Tim O'Reilly
Tenth Edition June 1990
OUT OF PRINT

termcap and terminfo termcap and terminfo
by John Strang , Linda Mui , Tim O'Reilly
April 1988
Print: $29.95

What's Mine is Yours What's Mine is Yours
by Tim O'Reilly , Dylan Field , Brian W. Fitzpatrick , Nolan Goldberg , Jud Valeski
March 2011
OUT OF PRINT

Free is More Complicated than You Think Free is More Complicated than You Think
by Tim O'Reilly
April 2008
Video: $39.95

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Square Wallet, the Apple Store, and Uber: Software Above the Level of a Single Device

November 08 2012

Back 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

Open health data in practice: Increase your access to lab results

October 16 2012

I’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 … read more

Open health data in practice: Increase your access to lab results

October 16 2012

I’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

Some sideways thinking about cyberwarfare

July 16 2012

Foreign 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

The Web as Legacy Technology

July 15 2012

This 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

True in spirit: Why I liked "Captain America," but didn't like "John Carter"

April 18 2012

Why 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

Help drive the data revolution in health care

March 19 2012

The 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

OK, I Admit It. I have a mancrush on the new Federal CTO, Todd Park

March 09 2012

Todd 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

Measuring the economic impact of the Sharing Economy

March 07 2012

Tim 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

The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

February 17 2012

Tim 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

Why O'Reilly went dark

January 19 2012

On 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

SOPA and PIPA are bad industrial policy

January 16 2012

SOPA 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

Thoughts on ebooks triggered by the appointment of Andrew Savikas as CEO of Safari Books Online

November 08 2011

Our original ebook vision was of a world in which ebooks would be published in standard formats and could be read on any device, and where dominance of a particular piece of software or a particular e-reading device would not lock people in. We wanted reading to remain as open… read more

Dennis Ritchie Day

October 26 2011

I 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

Ada Lovelace Day: Revisiting Limor Fried

October 07 2011

Last 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

Missing Maps and the Fragility of Digital Information

August 01 2011

A 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

Sexual Harassment at Technical Conferences: A Big No-No

July 24 2011

We'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

Disastrous Implications of New Apple Patent for Blocking Cellphone Video

June 16 2011

[View the story "Disastrous Implications of New Apple Patent for Blocking Cellphone Video" on Storify]... read more

Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket

June 09 2011

Facebook's face recognition may provide a great strategy for cutting the Gordian Knot on this thorny privacy problem. read more

The Responsibility of Running a Business

February 26 2011

I 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

Free to Choose ebook deal reveals the programmer zeitgeist

November 30 2010

A 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

Open government and "next generation democracy"

November 15 2010

We 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

Points of Control: The Web 2.0 Summit Map

August 31 2010

In 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

Opening the doors of government to innovation

August 06 2010

When 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

The Louvre of the Industrial Age

July 30 2010

This 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

Putting Online Privacy in Perspective

May 30 2010

When 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

My Contrarian Stance on Facebook and Privacy

May 21 2010

In a recent Inc Magazine live chat, I found myself, somewhat surprisingly even to me defending Facebook regarding their ongoing and evolving privacy policy. Here's what I said: The essence of my argument is that there's enormous advantage for users in giving up some privacy online and that we need… read more

State of the Internet Operating System Part Two: Handicapping the Internet Platform Wars

April 30 2010

This 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

The State of the Internet Operating System

March 29 2010

Ask 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

How do we measure innovation?

March 26 2010

In 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

At the Forefront of the Next Industrial Revolution

March 24 2010

I 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

NHIN Direct: Open Healthcare and Government as a Platform

March 11 2010

In 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

The Convergence of Advertising and E-commerce

February 16 2010

With 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

A Dream About Augmented Reality Fiction

February 14 2010

Last 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

Google Buzz re-invents Gmail

February 09 2010

Social networks get all the attention, but email remains an important information console for many. That's why the introduction of Google Buzz is so noteworthy. It adds the power of asymmetric following to Gmail's interface. read more

Ignite, Syndicated Events, and Social Media Marketing

February 09 2010

As we approach Global Ignite Week, a collection of Ignite events around the world during the first week of March, I can't help but think about the future of conferences, one of O'Reilly's major businesses. Here are some of the things we're learning from Ignite. People love the rapid-fire format.… read more

A Few Thoughts on the Nexus One

January 05 2010

There will be many posts focusing on the look, feel, and features of the Nexus One, so I'm going to focus on what Android's latest incarnation says about the competitive landscape - what I've elsewhere called the war for the web. Android vs. iPhone is one important front in that… read more

Commerce and the Wealth of Nations

December 31 2009

I was struck the other day by an article in the New York Times that describes the different approaches of the US and China to Afghanistan, in which the US shoulders the burden of war, while China reaps the benefits of commerce. Quoting from the article, I tweeted: "American troops… read more

Why Using ShopSavvy Might Not Be So Savvy

December 18 2009

Reading this morning's New York Times story, Mobile Phones Become Essential Tools for Holiday Shopping, I was reminded again of the fundamental shortsightedness of so many of our economic decisions, that flaw in human nature that makes us seize on temporary advantage without thinking of the long-term consequences. The article… read more

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Webcast: Points of Control: The Battle for the Internet Economy
October 27, 2010
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free More than any time in the history of the Web, incumbents in the network economy are consolidating their power and staking new claims to key points of control. It's clear that the internet industry has...

Webcast: What is Gov 2.0?
May 11, 2010
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free 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...

Webcast: Web 2.0 Expo Preview
April 22, 2010
Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb, showcases the latest Web 2.0 business models, development paradigms and design strategies for the builders of the next-generation Web. In this webcast, we'll provide insight into the big themes...

Webcast: Web Squared
June 25, 2009
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free As we approach the six-year mark from the original Web 2.0 thesis, the trends are becoming clearer than ever. Once applications live in the cloud, the key to success will be harnessing network effects...

Webcast: Twitter Power Tips
May 21, 2009
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Preview Video: Free Full Video: Available on Safari Books Online At first blush, Twitter appears to be an easy and friendly medium. But don't be deceived: it's also powerful and complex, supporting a rich third...

Inside Google+: Bradley Horowitz talks with Tim O'Reilly
August 23, 2011
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free 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? Is social data really critical...

Webcast: Tim O'Reilly and Dave Campbell Explore How to Accelerate Insights from Data
May 14, 2012
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, talks with Microsoft Technical Fellow Dave Campbell about new tools for data. While Microsoft creates its own tools for data, it also works within the larger...

Tim O'Reilly

"You can thank Tim O’Reilly for all those classy computer-nerd books with line-art camels and gnus on the cover. But O’Reilly is more than a publisher. He’s also a vocal member of the net community and one of the ardent supporters of the open source movement. "
--Ziff Davis Smart Business