It’s easy to talk about “the Internet of Things” and to miss the bigger pattern: we are no longer just building software for individual devices, but creating networks of intelligence and action that make it possible to completely rethink how we organize work, play, and society itself. If the first decade of the 21st century was the decade of Google, in which data was used to transform access to online information, Uber is the defining company of the second decade, in which data is used to build real-time, real world services. Uber is one service. What is the data infrastructure we will need when everything is connected, and every real-world service is infused with data?
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc. His original business plan was simply “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
In addition to his role at O’Reilly Media, 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, Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and Maker Media, which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012. Maker Media’s Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. Since his “Gov 2.0 Summit” in 2009, one of Tim’s major focus areas, working with Code for America, has been how to apply lessons from the technology industry to rebuilding government services for the 21st century.