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"I hear you, Joe. But we've continued to do those things even as we have become more disciplined. There is no question, though, that a lot of our success did indeed come from our ignorance of "how things are done." But I believe it's possible to have a deep connection to your values and mission while still running a tight ship. The pathology you describe is common - putting growth or profit before all else - but I can assure you that O'Reilly is a long way off from that being a problem. We are still dreamers who want to make a better world. We just know that we can do that more effectively if we do our dreaming in a disciplined way." - Tim O'Reilly
Re: If You Want to See How We'll Live In the Future... - http://bryce.vc/post...
"That quote was from Google chief economist Hal Varian. I passed it along after a fascinating dinner I had with Hal and his former student (and co-author of the seminal book Information Rules) Carl Shapiro, fresh from the White House Council of Economic Advisors, discussing the difference between the Silicon Valley mentality and the traditional liberal approach to equalizing society. I think both of them had really good points. While technology is doing amazing things to democratize what used to be exclusive to the rich, it's still got a long way to go. Uber, despite its slogan, isn't "everyone's private driver," it's the upper middle class's private driver. There are people in real need. And yes, cell phone penetration is amazing, but people are still hungry. So we need a fusion of the two ideas: the optimism of tech, so that policy doesn't shoot behind the adoption curve, but the compassion to understand what problems the market isn't (yet) addressing. One of the reasons I'm so..." - Tim O'Reilly
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These are the top 20 investors to follow on Twitter? Really? - http://radar.oreilly.com/2013...
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Oakland Public Ethics Commission: Transparency, Open Data, and Gov as Platform - http://www.slideshare.net/timorei...
Oakland Public Ethics Commission: Transparency, Open Data, and Gov as Platform
The Stories I Enjoyed Most in Last Week’s Sunday New York Times - http://radar.oreilly.com/2013...
Lessons from a career marketing big ideas - http://www.slideshare.net/timorei...
Lessons from a career marketing big ideas
"Sounds like your reason #1 may be not reading texts that are long enough to make the point they are trying to make :-)" - Tim O'Reilly
"Yep. Follow the link to viola.org. It was prior art for a huge amount of what followed." - Tim O'Reilly
"No problem with the banks in 2009." - Tim O'Reilly
"Jay, I'd bet you are right on your first guess, but the second point is a bit harsh. Pruning parts of the business that are not working doesn't necessarily reflect on the people involved. Sure, sometimes it does, but often, the business idea just didn't work, just as a lot of startups fail, and that isn't seen as a negative reflection on those who were part of them. Many of them go on to great success. So it's important to separate the business/financial side from the personal performance side." - Tim O'Reilly
Re: Resharing Differences Between LinkedIn and Radar - http://radar.oreilly.com/2013...
"Right. But notice that Twitter and LinkedIn are ignoring this attribute. I expected Google to pay attention. I thought FB would be like Twitter and LinkedIn. At any rate, good for them." - Tim O'Reilly
"Tim's original WWW browser didn't do inline images." - Tim O'Reilly
"I don't think so. He was in NYC in the financial industry." - Tim O'Reilly
Re: Not another VC blog - First Round Review - http://firstround.com/article...
"As this stuff accumulates, want to turn it into a book?" - Tim O'Reilly
Resharing Differences Between LinkedIn and Radar - http://radar.oreilly.com/2013...
Platforms, Applications, and Idealism - http://www.slideshare.net/timorei...
Platforms, Applications, and Idealism
how clem spent most of our trip: doing handstands - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
how clem spent most of our trip: doing handstands
An Operating System for the Real World - http://www.slideshare.net/timorei...
An Operating System for the Real World
From chicken coop to chicken palace (pdf with notes) - http://www.slideshare.net/timorei...
From chicken coop to chicken palace (pdf with notes)
"No, that's probably about right. I didn't remember it being 14%. And I really didn't see that as being in the same category as our 2001 layoffs, which were truly forced winnowing, with our continued existence in doubt. Our 2009 layoffs consisted of closing down businesses in which we didn't make any money, and in which we didn't see any future prospect of making money. My point is that we were being prudent in the face of the downturn; we have stopped various other businesses since. Any good business does this, on an ongoing business. I will say that I do regret that we weren't able to make a go of some of those businesses. In many cases, if we had let go of some people earlier through better performance management, we might have saved the broader business unit. We had a constant struggle in the past at O'Reilly to get some of our business units to take the business itself seriously. They are so mission driven that they forget that someone has to pay the bills. I think we're getting..." - Tim O'Reilly
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"Thanks, Bruce. I like your comment that O'Reilly is a bit more Harvard than MIT, which surprises many people (though it shouldn't.) Regarding the one interaction you cite, I'd forgotten it until you brought it up. But it highlights an important point in any organization. There should be lots of room for everyone to speak up, but at some point, it's essential to come to closure and move on. I really enjoyed working with you too, and in the end, I think the things that didn't work out during your tenure had far more to do with external industry trends than with either of us!" - Tim O'Reilly
"We did shutter some non-performing businesses during the 2009 downturn. We did not lay off 14% of the staff. And we were not forced to, as we were in 2001. We were using the opportunity to increase our focus on what was working." - Tim O'Reilly
Re: Big Data's Dehumanizing Impact On Public Policy - by Matt Asay - http://readwrite.com/2013...
"I'm sorry, Matt, but I have to disagree. Your argument is based on a hypothetical . That comes out most clearly in the Morozov quote, which, like so much of his work, builds its argument on a straw man that sound plausible only to those with no knowledge of the actual situation. Policy makers don't give out pedometers (or if they do, they do so in quest of additional data to make better decisions.) They look at that correlation and say "Wow, we need to find ways to build more walkable cities." (Check out the Blue Zones initiative, for example, or Bloomberg's focus on making NYC more bikeable.) Correlation is additional data for human decision makers, not blind abdication of common sense. When Mike Flowers of NYC used data about the correlation between illegal apartment conversions and fires to guide building inspectors, he was using not just insight but data to direct fire inspectors to use their limited time most effectively. (See http://www.slate.com/articles/... Nor is your..." - Tim O'Reilly
Re: The Stories I Enjoyed Most in Last Week’s Sunday New York Times - http://radar.oreilly.com/2013...
"Tiomoid of Angle - what a wonderful demonstration of systematic bias you provide! Given the range of articles I pointed to, the fact that you coud find something for your grindstone in most of them while finding nothing of value (apparently without actually reading the articles themselves) says something about how you approach your intellectual culture. For example, your recommendation about health care would be one option for "the more profound change" I was suggesting, and might even be consistent with the "policy consensus" Douthat referred to. But you wouldn't know that if you didn't actually read the article. That is not a conversation I particularly want to be part of." - Tim O'Reilly
Re: Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing - http://blog-admin.wired.com/busines...
"This bit was taken a bit out of context. My point was that if novels matter to customers, they will survive. They don't need special protection. I was reacting to a conversation that I had on Charlie Rose that struck me as very entitled. I had made a comparison to classical music, making the point that what we consider "classical music" was once popular. And that when we got this mindset that classical music needed special funding and protection, it became increasingly disconnected from what people really wanted to hear. I love fiction and consider it a great art form. But if it really matters, it will survive. And meanwhile, it will continue to evolve." - Tim O'Reilly
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