WNSF: WTF? What’s the Future of Platforms and Silicon Valley?

Tim O’Reilly’s official book launch party kicked off at our November Edition of What’s Now: San Francisco, hosted in conjunction with Capgemini and Bloomberg Beta. Tim’s new book WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us. At What’s Now, the founder of O’Reilly Media laid out his thoughts on the future of work, and in particular, the role that platforms will play in this future. Tim used this book to force the tech world to face up to the responsibility the industry has to actively spread wealth and structure systems so that they benefit everyone. “We must keep asking,” Tim writes in the introduction, “what will new technology let us do that was previously impossible? Will it help us build the kind of society we want to live in?”

Our event was particularly well-timed since it took place the Monday directly following the weekend of Tim’s Foo (Friends of O’Reilly) Camp. Each year, Tim’s invite-only Foo Camp brings together many of the best minds from the Bay Area and beyond to brainstorm solutions that can help lead us towards a better future. This year it brought together economists, entrepreneurs, and techies to focus on how to fundamentally rethink the platform economy and make it work for everyone.