Dale Dougherty

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Dale Dougherty in 2013 at the Mini Maker Faire in Saint-Malo, France
Dale Dougherty at the 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference

Dale Dougherty (1955-) is one of the co-founders (with Tim O'Reilly) of O'Reilly Media. While not at the company in its earliest stages as a technical documentation consulting company, Dale was instrumental in the development of O'Reilly's publishing business. He is the author of the O'Reilly book sed & awk. [1]

Dougherty was the founder, in 1993, and publisher of the Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first web portal and the first site on the internet to be supported by advertising. In 1995, AOL purchased GNN from O'Reilly & Associates. Part of the transaction included an investment by AOL of $3 million for 20 percent of O'Reilly's Songline Studios, which Dougherty ran. The organization published the Web Review and the Music Critic sites on the Internet.[2]

Contrary to popular perception, it was Dougherty who coined the term 'Web 2.0'.[3]

Dougherty currently is the CEO of Maker Media, a spin-off from O'Reilly Media.[4] The company publishes Make magazine, has an ecommerce site (Makershed), and conducts Maker Faires worldwide. He is widely considered the Father of the Maker Movement.[5]

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