Dale Dougherty is the founder of Make Magazine and the creator of Maker Faire, which leads a growing maker movement. He is GM of Maker Media at O’Reilly Media in Sebastopol, California. Dougherty is a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, a technical publisher and conference organizer known for its advocacy of Open Source and the Web. He wrote or edited many of the early titles for O’Reilly, including Sed & Awk. He is also a co-author of “UNIX Text Processing.” He also created the “Hacks” series of books, developing titles such as “Google Hacks” and “TiVo Hacks.”
An early Web pioneer, Dale was the developer of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. Dale was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers from 1995-1999, which was sold to CMP in 1999. He was an adjunct professor at University California at Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems from 1997-2001). He coined the term Web 2.0 as part of developing the Web 2.0 Conference.
Make Magazine started in 2005 followed by the first Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006. Make celebrates the DIY mindset and technology, encouraging experimentation. In 2010 and 2011, Maker Faire was held in the Bay Area, Detroit and New York City. The Bay Area event alone attracted 100,000 people in 2011. He helps to lead and grow the Maker Movement as it applies the DIY mindset to culture, commerce and community. He has helped to organize the Young Makers program in the Bay Area, which offers young people an opportunity to create a project for Maker Faire.
His Ted Talk, “We are Makers” has become very popular.