The Architect of Innovative Publishing
He enjoys repeating a quote by science-fiction writer William Gibson: “The future is here. ... It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” So O’Reilly believes you have to find people who are living in the future. When his company finds these people, it spreads the information.
The O’Reilly Radar
According to O’Reilly COO and CFO/EVP Laura Baldwin, Tim O’Reilly inspires others with his vision of the future.
“He’s a synthesist who finds insight and meaning hidden in seemingly disparate facts and phenomena, and then crafts it into a compelling story. He sees the possibility of a better world ahead, and believes that everything we create at O’Reilly should be helping to bring that world into being,” says Baldwin.
In 1992, O’Reilly Media explored the Internet when there were just 200 Web sites in existence.
“We had a sense that technology would one day be ubiquitous, so we wrote about it in ‘The Whole Internet User’s Guide and Catalog,’ which went on to sell a million copies, and played a key role in the development of the Web and the commercial Internet,” O’Reilly says.
In the ensuing decade and a half, the company and its omnipresent leader have not veered from its place on the leading edge of technology and publishing. Today, his insights are increasingly sought after.
“Over the past year or so, I’ve been asked to give a number of talks focusing on the application of Web 2.0 ideas to publishing. It’s a natural for O’Reilly,” he says. “We’re an innovative publisher. … We’re the originator of the term Web 2.0. … But more to the point, publishers large and small are realizing that the ground is moving under their feet, and that the industry will never be the same again.”
O’Reilly and other members of his staff share this knowledge through blogging on http://Radar.OReilly.com, a site that transmits what they call “The O’Reilly Radar.”