Tim O’Reilly – WTF? – What’s The Future?

Tim O’Reilly was born in Ireland and raised in San Francisco. He is one of the most influential pioneers and thinkers of the internet age. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of his own publishing company, O’Reilly Media. Tim is also a partner at a early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV).

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. He began producing computer manuals in the late 1970s and he has been early to spot many influential tech trends ever since.

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, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but 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 that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. 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

As a pertinent voice on the past, present and future of business and technology, he is often referred to as “The Oracle of Silicon Valley”.

His new book “WTF (What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us)” is a combination memoir, business strategy guide, and call to action covering lessons learned from four decades in the industry, and how they apply to business and the broader economy. Some may argue that it is sometimes hard not to be pessimistic about what’s coming over the hill, but he is convinced that our destiny remains in human hands.

AUDIOSUCCESS SECRETS

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
01:31 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:59 Brian’s introduction.
04:44 Opportunities afforded when rents are cheap.
08:56 Keep innovation going in society by giving enough away. Create more value than you capture.
11:34 Role of Governments in technological breakthroughs.
16:28 Silicon Valley is hugely influential, but Tim is interested in the peripheral alpha-geeks.
22:36 Tim envisions tomorrow’s world by observing today’s seemingly small indicators.
27:53 The walkaway theory.
33:32 How innovation doesn’t come from one place in relation to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.
41:52 Idealists sadly rarely match ruthless, hard driven businessmen like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
43:15 Stop the ‘winner takes all players’ system. Present financial statements from a new perspective.
47:10 Jeff Bezos does seem to not play to the tune of Wall Street.
48:46 Algorithms may develop to match workers on demand over other industries and collate benefits.
52:00 Can company culture change and what effect will the new CEO have on Uber?
55:06 Success secrets.
56:22 Business lessons Tim learned from going through the stress of the dot-com crash.
1:02:36 How Tim sees his role over the next ten years.
1:04:39 Where Tim’s personal interests lie in the future.
1:05:56 We are heading for a financial Armageddon, WTF and why it’s up to us.
1:10:00 The future for climate change and Trumps part in it.
1:11:36 What keeps Tim awake at night? Think about what you will want to be remembered for.
1:16:16 Advice to the 20-year-old Tim.
1:20:26 Best advice he ever received.
1:22:16 Brian’s summing up.

Notes:

O’Reilly Media

https://www.oreilly.com/

Tim O’Reilly on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/OreillyMedia

Tim O’Reilly on Facebook

https://en-gb.facebook.com/timoreilly/

Tim O’Reilly TEDx Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRmQTWpkaVU

Tim O’Reilly at TEDMED 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qaof6YzVp9g

Tim O’Reilly on Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_O%27Reilly

Tim O’Reilly Books:

WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us

https://www.amazon.co.uk/WTF-Whats-Future-Why-Its/dp/1847941850/ref=la_B000APBZHM_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511971274&sr=1-1

Other books by Tim O’Reilly

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tim-OReilly/e/B00455F79U

 

Topics discussed:

Open Source Software

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_software

The Maker Movement

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture

Big data

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_data

Web 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0

Financial Technology (FinTech)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_technology

IBM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM

Osborne Computer Corporation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_Computer_Corporation

World Wide Web

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web

Microsoft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft

Global Network Navigator (GNN)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Network_Navigator

Apple Inc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc.

Google

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google

Android (operating system)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)

The radical promise of the multi-touch interface – Jeff Han

https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_han_demos_his_breakthrough_touchscreen

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs Private Sector Myths by Mariana Mazzucato

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Entrepreneurial-State-Debunking-Private-Economics/dp/0857282522

Wilson’s disease

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson%27s_disease

Learning by Doing: The Real Connection Between Innovation, Wages, and Wealth by James Bessen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Doing-Connection-Between-Innovation/dp/0300195664

Webmaster

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webmaster

Fohr Card

https://www.fohrcard.com/

Humans of New York

http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Down-Magic-Kingdom-Cory-Doctorow/dp/0007327935

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walkaway-Cory-Doctorow/dp/1786693054/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Burning Man

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Man

Code for America

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_for_America

The Knowledge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxicabs_of_the_United_Kingdom

Uber

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uber_(company)

Lyft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyft

Sidecar (company)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidecar_(company)

The Golden Warrior by Hope Muntz

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Golden-Warrior-Hope-Muntz/dp/B000K3UOZI

Dot-com bubble

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot-com_bubble

Foo Camp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_Camp

Scenario planning

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scenario_planning

The Man Watching – poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

http://www.michaelppowers.com/wisdom/rilke.html

Croesus – king of Lydia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croesus

Ether Monument, Boston, USA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ether_Monument

People mentioned in this episode:

Samuel Johnson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Johnson

Bill Gates

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates

Steve Jobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs

Tim Berners-Lee

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee

John von Neumann

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_von_Neumann

Michael Dell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dell

Brandon Stanton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Stanton

Cory Doctorow

https://londonreal.tv/cory-doctorow-little-brother/

Rachel Whetstone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Whetstone

Travis Kalanick

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Kalanick

Sunil Paul

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunil_Paul

Garrett Camp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Camp

George Arison

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Arison

Logan Green

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_Green

John Zimmer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Zimmer

Simon Sinek

https://londonreal.tv/simon-sinek-start-with-why/

Larry Ellison

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Ellison

Jeff Bazos

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezos

Pierre Omidyar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Omidyar

Elon Musk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

Kim Rachmeler

https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=50132931&privcapId=38686219

Gary Vaynerchuk

https://londonreal.tv/gary-vaynerchuk-hustle/

Laura Baldwin

https://www.oreilly.com/people/a294f-laura-baldwin

Warren Buffett

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett

Carl Icahn

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Icahn

John Maynard Keynes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Maynard_Keynes

Frank Herbert

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Herbert

Henry Ford

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford

Thomas Edison

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison

Wim Hof

https://londonreal.tv/wim-hof-the-iceman/