FORA.tv Studios presents Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, speaking to Blaise Zerega, President and CEO of FORA.tv, about the origins of Web 2.0, the rise of Twitter and the investment that got away.
Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly also hosts conferences, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata Online Conference, and Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. O’Reilly’s MAKE magazine and Maker Faire have been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. O’Reilly is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online. He watches the alpha geeks to determine emerging technology trends and uses his platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.
Blaise Zerega comes to FORA.tv from Conde Nast Portfolio where he served as deputy editor and led the magazine's technology coverage. Prior to holding that position, Zerega was managing editor and played a critical role in the launch of both Portfolio.com and the magazine. Both properties have earned the highest industry honors.
Before joining Portfolio, Zerega was the managing editor of WIRED. He helped Wired earn numerous prizes, including a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2004 and another for the Single-Topic Issue category in 2002. Wired was also named best magazine in America by the Chicago Tribune in 2004.
Zerega was also the editor of Red Herring magazine, once the bible of Silicon Valley, and the news editor at Forbes ASAP.
Zerega makes frequent media appearances and has been on such programs as Today and The View as well as on NPR and CNN.
He graduated from New York University and received his graduate degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Leading information-exchange service of the Internet. It was created by Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN and introduced to the world in 1991. The Web gives users access to a vast array of documents that are connected to each other by means of hypertext or hyperlinks. A hypertext document with its corresponding text and hyperlinks is written in HTML and is assigned an on-line address, or URL. The Web operates within the Internet's basic client-server architecture. Individual HTML files with unique electronic addresses are called Web pages, and a collection of Web pages and related files (such as graphics files, scripted programs, and other resources) sharing a set of similar addresses (seedomain name) is called a Web site. The main or introductory page of a Web site is usually called the site's home page. Users may access any page by typing in the appropriate address, search for pages related to a topic of interest by using a search engine, or move quickly between pages by clicking on hyperlinks incorporated into them. Though introduced in 1991, the Web did not become truly popular until the introduction of Mosaic, a browser with a graphical interface, in 1993. Subsequently, browsers produced by Netscape and Microsoft have become predominant.
Great conversation. Tim O'Reilly's early and ongoing grasp of the importance of interpreting the usefulness of cutting edge technology, or "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators," is remarkable indeed. SS