Open source software was one of the earliest successful examples of a
sharing economy that has had huge economic impact. But as alternative
energy advocate Steve Baer once noted, ecosystem services are often
ignored in economic analysis: when you put your clothes in the dryer,
the energy you use is measured and counted, but when you hang them on
the line, they disappear from the measured economy. In this talk, I
explore how various sharing economies are directly and indirectly
monetized, and ruminate on their future.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a founder and board member of Safari Books Online and Maker Media, and on the boards of Code for America and PeerJ.
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