First, a quick update: Online business news publication Quartz (Publisher Jay Lauf is the DIS opening speaker on Day 1) is now profitable 4 years after coming into being.
Media Post reported on 16 March that, according to an internal memo from publisher Jay Lauf and editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, Quartz is now profitable, four years after its launch.
Writes Media Post, “After several years of optimism fueled by fast growth and big investments from legacy media companies, the past few months has been hard on pure-play digital publishers: closings, layoffs and ‘strategic repositioning.’
“But it’s not all bad news. Some of the new generation of online publishers are reaching that rarest of milestones – profitability. On that note, after four years in operation, online business news publisher Quartz has joined the elite club of companies that are actually making money.”
Here, in an earlier interview for DIS, which was also among our most read DIS speaker interviews, Jay Lauf explained how a “relentless focus on the user” helps Quartz continue down its disruptive path.
Other popular DIS speaker interview among ones we did for 2017, arranged here in alphabetical order based on company name, were:
Josh Rucci shared “How Bloomberg innovates at the intersection of media and technology to create new revenue opportunities”.
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Former Hearst exec now CEO of Vivendi, Arnaud de Puyfontaine, shared some of the lessons publishers can learn from the music industry.
The Coral Project:
Lead Andrew Losowsky explained why journalism needs to radically rethink audience relationships, and how The Coral Project (a collaboration between Mozilla Foundation, The New York Times and Washington Post) aims to help.
The New York Times:
Some of the other speakers who will be at DIS 2017:
• Athan Stephanopoulos, president, NowThis, USA
• Geoff Ramsay, chairman and chief innovation officer, eMarketer, USA
• Jenni Sargent, managing director, First Draft News, UK
• Kelly Day, chief digital officer, AwesomenessTV, USA
• Lucy Küng, Google News Initiative senior research fellow, Reuters Institute for Journalism, Oxford University, Switzerland
• Max Amordeluso, EU head of Amazon Alexa Skills Kit, Amazon, Luxembourg
• Michael Karg, Group CEO, Ebiquity, UK
• Pia Frey, co-founder and head of publisher, Opinary, Germany
• Rachael Kennedy, senior news journalist, Storyful, UK
• Samantha Barry, executive producer for social and emerging media, CNN Worldwide, USA
• Soumya Sriraman, president, BritBox (and former EVP of franchise and digital enterprises, BBC Worldwide), USA
• Zanita Whittington, Creative director, Zanita Studio, Sweden and USA
• Zvika Orron, venture partner, Carmel Ventures, Israel
We will cover several sessions at DIS on Monday and Tuesday here on FIPP.com.
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