Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Formal First Name
1954 - present

Tim O’Reilly is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of O'Reilly Media, an internationally recognized, multi-faceted media company. Under his leadership, O'Reilly Media has been providing the picks and shovels of learning to the Silicon Valley gold rush for the past 35 years. With a rich history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry, Tim has contributed and popularized the terms “open source software”, “web 2.0”, “the Maker movement”, “government as a platform”, or “the WTF economy”. He is a technical writer who grew business from publishing to Web publishing to e-book publishing and event production. His 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. As a venture capitalist he has invested in companies such as Blogger, Delicious, Foursquare, Bitly, and Chumby.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • In 1993, he launched the first commercial, ad-supported site on the internet.

  • In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance.

  • In 2004, he defined how “Web 2.0” is a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform.

  • In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology.

  • He has now turned his attention to implications of AI, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world.