O’Reilly Media has spun out its Make division, which publishes the Make magazine and produces Maker Faire, into an independent company called Maker Media. The new company will be headed by Dale Dougherty, who founded both Make and Maker Faire, and has managed the Make division since its inception in 2005.
Tim O’Reilly (Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media): The Maker Movement is taking off. A movement that began with enthusiasts has turned into an entrepreneurial revolution.
The newly independent company will continue its focus on and support of the Maker Movement through its core media properties and ecommerce business.
Mr. Dougherty will be the majority shareholder in the new company. Tim O’Reilly and the O’Reilly family will also be shareholders. Maker Media will continue to be located in Sebastopol, CA on the O’Reilly campus. All employees of the Make division of O’Reilly Media are now part of the new Maker Media.