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Tim O'Reilly
Born June 6, 1954 ( 1954 -06-06) (age 55)
Cork, Ireland
Occupation Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

Tim O'Reilly (Irish: Tadhg Ó Raghallaigh) (born June 6, 1954) is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) and a supporter of the free software and open source movements. He is widely, but wrongly, credited with coining the term Web 2.0.

O'Reilly was initially interested in literature upon graduating from high school, but after graduating from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in Classics he became involved in the field of computer user manuals. He defines his company not as a book or online publisher, or as a conference producer (though the company does all three), but as a technology transfer company, "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators." O'Reilly is on the board of CollabNet, and was on the board of Macromedia until its 2005 merger with Adobe Systems. In March 2007, he joined MySQL AB’s Board of Directors.

In 2001, O'Reilly was involved in a dispute with, leading a protest against Amazon's one-click patent, and specifically, Amazon's assertion of that patent against rival The protest ended with O'Reilly and founder Jeff Bezos visiting Washington D.C. to lobby for patent reform.

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For a typical author, obscurity is a far greater threat than piracy.

Tim O'Reilly (born 6 June 1954) is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly and Associates) that specializes in technology transfer through book publishing, the internet and conferences.


  • Collective intelligence. Think of how Wikipedia works, how Amazon harnesses user annotation on its site, the way photo-sharing sites like Flickr are bleeding out into other applications... We're entering an era in which software learns from its users and all of the users are connected.
    • When asked "What innovation will most alter how we live in the next few years, as quoted in TIME magazine (24 October 2005)
  • For a typical author, obscurity is a far greater threat than piracy.
    • Sunday Tribune magazine (25 September 2005)

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