A selection of most read speaker interviews as we look to DIS 2017

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:


Alan Saura gave us a look into AJ+’s “unique approach to engaging with millennials”.  


Josh Rucci shared “How Bloomberg innovates at the intersection of media and technology to create new revenue opportunities”.

City Magazine:

Ilkka Lavas is a young, “serial” entrepreneur behind the turnaround of what was a print magazine in Finland. 

Editorial Perfil:

Agustino Fontevecchia shared some of the challenges and opportunities facing publishers building digital businesses in Argentina and Brazil. 


Jennifer Brandel explained how her startup helps the public to shape the news.

Liquid Newsroom:

Founder Steffen Konrath talked data and artificial intelligence will, and are, changing publishing.


Volker Smid shared thoughts on “winning the digital race”.


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:

Francesca Donner spoke about how The New York Times aims to nurture relationships and bring the audience closer to the newsroom and brand.

Washington Post:

Jeremy Gilbert talked to us about “How the Washington Post drives innovation”.

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

See the DIS 2017 agenda here and list of speakers here for more.

We will cover several sessions at DIS on Monday and Tuesday here on FIPP.com.

We will also share updates via our FIPP World (including @fippworld on Twitter) and DIS (including @DISummit on Twitter) social media channels throughout. You can follow a DIS Twitter stream at #DISummit.

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