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 platformIn 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 worldAs 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.