I met Tim O’Reilly for the first time at an ETech conference may be 4 years ago. They had a meet the author tables lined up and I was talking to Cory Doctorow who was sitting next to Tim.
Cory was working for EFF back then and I convinced him to present at the Future Salon. It was an excellent session.
“You can find me easily I am the first Cory if you search for me on Google”. Tim heard that and leaned over and said jokingly: “I am the first O” 😉
It is true, back then when you searched for “O” the first result was O’Reilly Networks. Now unfortunately there is Wikipedia with a definition of “O” and the magazine where the owner doesn’t get tired of seeing herself on every cover since 2000.
I am a big fan of Tim. After he presented at the Accelerating Change conference I wrote a fan boy post in September of 2003 titled Saint Tim and Co. Or for a more journalistic view check the Wired magazine article: The Trend Spotter.
He surrounds himself with Alpha Geeks and gets his inspirations from what they are doing. That lead him to see early where the Web was going famously written down in What is Web 2.0 Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software.
So far SAP is not prominent on his famous Radar. May be by him coming to TechEd that may change.
As I was able to make the connection and bring him to TechEd, I was also able to secure a 50 minute Q&A session with him at the Community Day.
With 300 of your close SDN and BPX Community friends you will be able to ask Tim questions even before he goes on stage for his keynote. I am super curious about his perspective on SAP.
Can’t wait for the session and it is just two weeks away. See you all there.