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Meet the Expert: Tim O’Reilly on What's Wrong with Silicon Valley?

Tim O'Reilly

The recent implosion of WeWork and the underperformance of Uber as a public company relative to its inflated pre-IPO expectations are just the tip of the iceberg. Is something wrong with the Silicon Valley funding model and its reliance on venture capital? Is it about to lead to another bust, or can we still find our way to more sustainable tech businesses and investments?

Join us for a special conversation with Tim O'Reilly that will cover why moving fast and breaking things is usually not the best strategy and how emulating the tortoise rather than the hare can lead to business success and building more value over time.

O'Reilly Meet the Expert explores emerging business and technology topics and ideas through a series of one-hour interactive events. You’ll engage in a live conversation with experts, sharing your questions and ideas while hearing their unique perspectives, insights, fears, and predictions.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live show, you’ll better understand:

  • The many factors shaping the long-term success of startups
  • What the future of Silicon Valley might look like

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to learn about the fundamental shifts that are transforming the business landscape and customer needs.


  • Come with your questions for Tim O’Reilly
  • Have a pen and paper handy to capture notes, insights, and inspiration

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About your instructor

  • Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. 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, Tim framed the conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand economy, AI, robotics, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the economy. He shares his thoughts about these topics in his new book, WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us (Harper Business, October 2017). Tim is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He sits on the boards of Maker Media (which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012), Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and POPVOX.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Wednesday, January 22, 2019, 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

  • Introduction and presentation (15 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)