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Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc., which produces MAKE: Magazine, and the Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN, the first commercial website, in 1993. He coined “Web 2.0” in 2003. In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. His latest book is “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds.”

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