Episode #113: Interview with Dr. Timothy Chou

About Dr. Timothy Chou

Timothy Chou has been lucky enough to have a career spanning academia, successful (and not so successful) startups and large corporations. He was one of only a few people to hold the President title at Oracle. As President of Oracle On Demand he grew the cloud business from it’s very beginning. Today that business is over $2B. He wrote about the move of applications to the cloud in 2004 in his first book, “The End of Software”. Today he serves on the board of Blackbaud, a nearly $700M vertical application cloud service company.

He most recent book is Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things to introduce the basics of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). You may not be sure why your coffee pot should talk to your toaster, but precision technology powering an Internet of Things has the potential to reshape the planet. 

Interview Notes and Questions

What was it like working for Larry Ellison?

Tim's Three fundamental differences between things and people

  • A lot more things than people
  • Things can be were people are not
  • Things can “talk” constantly

AI has been around for years, why is it gaining more traction lately?

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the AI transformation? Why?

What about Stuxnet? Are IoT devices secure?

Ed just saw the movie Sully, the drama in the movie was about the NTSB and their simulations that said they could get back to LGA, but when human decision factor was added (35 seconds) they could not. Would it be a good idea to give computers the final say? One the one hand, there is no creativity. On the other there is no “human factor” or delay. Thoughts?

Tim's IoT Framework 

Some articles by or about Tim's work

And two videos

And, of course, Tim's new book


Ed Kless

Ed Kless joined Sage in July of 2003 and is currently the senior director of partner development and strategy. He develops and delivers curriculum for Sage business partners on the art and practice of small business consulting. Courses include: Sage Consulting Academy, Business Strategy and Customer Experience Workshops. Ed is the author of The Soul of Enterprise: Dialogues on Business in the Knowledge Economy, a compendium of a few of the episodes of his VoiceAmerica talk-show The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy with Ron Baker, founder of the VeraSage Institute where Ed is also a senior fellow.