Digital Innovators' USA Tour 2014
San Francisco / Silicon Valley / Seattle
18 – 23 May 2014
The first Digital Innovators’ Tour visited the innovation hotbeds of San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Seattle from 18 – 23 May 2014. The dynamic ecosystems in and around San Francisco and Seattle have created companies that have driven digital trends and impacted content businesses.
A group of top executives from international magazine media companies had the opportunity to meet with some of the most innovative technology and digital media companies in the world.
Here are what some of our participants had to say about the tour:
|“I really enjoyed the recent Digital Innovators Tour to the West Coast, not only was it run like a military operation, ferrying the group from one office to another, but it was all done with a smile. The companies we visited were incredibly welcoming and informative, and were always very open when answering questions. Since my return I have shared many of my findings with my colleagues and we have begun to change some of our behaviours as a result of the trip. The trip allowed the group to immerse itself in the culture of digital innovation in a way not possible without getting out into the field, and over dinner in the evening many of the things we had seen were the focus of the conversation, and how we could implement them in our own companies and cultures. I have already had discussions about going back on an annual basis; I can't thank you or the team enough.”|
|- Rupert Heseltine, Executive Chairman, Haymarket Media, UK|
|"A great opportunity to inhale the innovation power of start-ups and successful established digital companies and learn a lot about the digital culture that drive success around Silicon Valley. Valuable for everyone who is interested to extend the network for future publishing business and discuss digital trends and developments with market experts as well as with other tour participants from international media companies."|
|- Kerstin Schiefelbein, Head of Digital Burda International, Germany|
|“An inspiring experience, shared with some of the industry's top executives, which beyond a certain sense of vertigo due to the pace of change, showed great opportunities”|
|- Sébastien Lamunière, Vice President Digital Ventures, Edipresse Group, Switzerland|
Digital Innovators' USA Tour 2016
San Francisco and Los Angeles
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Testimonials from Digital Innovators' USA Tour 2015 participants:
"The 2015 Digital Innovators' Tour to New York and Boston has given me valuable insight into some sustainable digital media business models. In these times of uncertainty for 'classic' print publishers it was good to find new angels that have really helped my company to develop a digital strategy. It was an intensive, yet well-organised program. But it was also fun to meet other international publishers providing stimulating conversation, with whom I have stayed in touch since then."
Eric Blok, CEO G+J, The Netherlands
"The Digital Innovators' Tour puts you right in the front line of US digital strategy. You visit media brands at different evolutionary stages and which are operating at different financial scales - but all of them have a story to tell about how they have succeeded in a fast-changing media-landscape. The things we learned are invaluable and still help us drive our own companies' digital strategy, almost a year after we went on the tour."
Sean Fitzpatrick, Chief Creative Officer, Edipresse Media, Hong Kong, China
"I was very impressed by the level of people we got access to. Founders, CEO's, chief editors who sat down and talked to us in a free conversation, very willing to share their insights with us. This grand tour gave me a very useful overview of burning platforms and new ideas in the digital part of our industry."
Marianne Gram, Editor-in-chief, Egmont Publishing Magasiner, Denmark
"I've attended quite a few study trips over the years, and the 2015 Digital Innovators' US Tour is so far the most useful of all. I enjoyed the combination of visits to established giants like Google and Huffington Post, to new trend setters like Quartz and more academic discussions at the Nieman Journalism Lab.
The delegates were taken really good care of, with top class logistics and social events. The discussions continued long after the visits to the media companies, and I still have a professional relationship to some of the participants from other countries. The networking was really good."
Svein-Erik Hole, editor, TU Media, Norway
"By far my best learning experience ever! It was a great mix of inspiration, practical knowledge and useful contacts - plus smooth organisation and an interesting group of participants. I hope to attend it again in the close future!"
Ewa Redel-Bydlowska, Member of the Board, Edipresse Polska, Poland
"This tour delivers pure value. I came home with some great ideas for our business and the tour connected me with many smart media executives."
Jonas Triebel, Publisher, IDG Tech Media, Germany