From Startups to Publishing Companies Ripe for Expansions: What Investors in the Media Sector are Looking for
This panel of venture capitalists, corporate financiers and publisher M&A heads will discuss the investment landscape and growth strategies for successful media businesses, what publishers can learn from the wider media space and what investors are looking for in high potential publishing start ups.
Nick Perrett is group director, strategy and digital at HarperCollins UK and International. He is responsible for strategy, corporate development, digital product and business development. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Nick was an entrepreneur, co-founding or in the founding management team of four businesses including a venture capital fund, a machine vision software business and two online game publishers. @MrPerrett
Hanno is Partner Corporate Finance at Warth & KleinGrant Thornton AG Hamburg office. He leads the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice in Germany.
Hanno has more than 17 years of experience in the corporate finance and M&A business. He joined Grant Thornton in February 2013 and is responsible for Corporate Finance, M&A transactions and strategic transaction advice, especially in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications(“TMT”) sectors. Hanno is furthermore responsible for the TMT sector of Warth & Klein Grant Thornton activities in Germany.
Before joining Grant Thornton he was a Partner with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance since 2001, where he headed the European Media & Entertainment practice. Prior to Ernst & Young, Hanno headed as a director the corporate finance and M&A activities in TMT of Arthur Andersen in Germany since 1998 and was a founding member of the German entertainment& media practice of Price Waterhouse in Germany since 1995.
Hanno has extensive experience in initiating, executing and negotiating M&A transactions including disposals ,acquisitions, MBO/MBIs as well as finance raising and capital structuring.
His clients include mid-market and large companies such as Eniro AB, Wer-liefert-Was, Reed Elsevier, Philips, Pro7Sat.1, Deutsche Telekom or Deutsche Post, as well as PE Funds such as 3i, Kingsbridge Capital and ECM. He also has significant experience in the venture capital and start-up world with clients such as IBB, Ventegis and IPSA. Hanno is a founding member of the venture capital event “Investors Dinner” in Berlin. He also acts as coach for start-up teams.
Dipl.-BWL in Business Administration from FH Münster
Diplomé de l’Ecole Multinational des Affaires of Bordeaux (F) business school ESC Bordeaux
Patrick is CEO of Ingenious Ventures, the private equity division of Ingenious. The division is responsible for the sourcing, implementation and management of venture capital investments. The division invests group funds and third party funds.
Prior to joining Ingenious in 2001, Patrick qualified as a lawyer in the City of London, following which he worked in the music, film and television industries. Patrick serves or has served as a non executive director on the boards of a number of companies Ingenious has invested in, including TV production, TV distribution, computer games development, live events, music publishing and marketing services.
Patrick is also a director of the national film charity, Film Nation (UK) and a director of the National Army Museum, Chelsea. He is also a Governor of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). He holds degrees from King’s College, London and Worcester College, Oxford University.
Giuseppe is in charge of Screening and Investments in H-FARM Ventures. He is the Manager of H-Camp, a leading accelerator program with a pan-European focus, the first Italian launchpad for digital startups.
Previously, he was project manager for Brandpotion.com (Mumbai, India) and investment analyst for the largest European business angels group, Italian Angels for Growth (Milan, Italy).
Giuseppe was born and raised in Turin, Italy; he studied in Rome and Singapore and holds a MSc in Finance from Luiss University of Rome.
Digital publishing and the open web: The W3C'S digital publishing interest group
In 2013 a strong cooperation started between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the major players of the publishing industry, first and foremost IDPF. The goal of this cooperation is to secure a better synchronization between, on the one hand, the technical developments of Web standards at W3C and, on the other hand, the developments of Web-based technologies in the publishing industry, like EPUB. This cooperation should give a stronger voice for the publishing industry in the evolution of Web technologies. This session will give some details on what has already happened in this space and what the plans are for the future.
Markus Gylling is the CTO of the IDPF and the DAISY Consortium. Through his work with DAISY he has during the past decade been engaged in the development of specifications, tools, and educational efforts for the realization of inclusive publishing on a global scale. Markus is currently the chair of the IDPF EPUB 3 Working Group, and during 2010 and 2011 he lead the development of the EPUB 3 specification. Markus lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ivan Herman graduated as mathematician at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, in 1979. After a brief scholarship at the Université Paris VI I he joined the Hungarian research institute in computer science (SZTAKI) where he worked for 6 years (and turned into a computer scientist…). He left Hungary in 1986 and, after a few years in industry in Munich, Germany, he joined the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Sciences (CWI) in Amsterdam where he has a tenure position since 1988. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1990 at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. He joined the W3C Team as Head of W3C Offices in January 2001 while maintaining his position at CWI. He served as Head of Offices until June 2006, then as Leader of the Semantic Web Activity. In 2013, I also became the Activity Lead for W3C’s Digital Publishing Activity.
Libraries and the mainstream media experience: Challenges and opportunities
Over the past two decades, a tremendous gap has emerged between the media experiences delivered by consumer companies like Amazon, Netflix and Apple and those delivered by the library. The ever-improving consumer media experience is the biggest competitor to the role of the library in the future. 94% of Americans think libraries are an important part of their communities, yet only a fraction engage with the library for digital content services. Can this potential be actualized by creating world class media experiences delivered by the library? Is it feasible that these services could compete with consumer digital companies in the private sector? How would this change the balance of power in the media world and would it better insure democratized access to content? How are public and academic libraries thinking about this globally and what are the cultural and practical challenges to making it happen?Hear leaders from the library world discuss these issues and gain new insights into the future of libraries in the modern digital ecosystem.
Jill Cousins is the Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, responsible for Europeana.eu, and Director of The European Library. She is on the Board of Globethics and advises on the development of other digital libraries. She has many years experience in web publishing, which are now being applied to the libraries and the cultural heritage arenas. Her past experience includes the commercial publishing world as European Business Development Director of VNU New Media and scholarly publishing with Blackwell Publishing, running their online journals service. Prior to publishing, she had a variety of marketing and research careers in the information field. These ranged from being the Marketing and Event Director for Learned Information (Online Information) to managing her own research company, First Contact.
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. Mitchell was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge (now Amazon’s CreateSpace) the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company. He is also founder & chief business officer of BiblioLabs a packager of historical content for print-on-demand and digital consumer platforms and founder of Organic Process Productions an award-wining independent documentary and philanthropic media company.
The new collection development manager of the 3M Cloud Library, Heather McCormack (@HuisceBeatha on Twitter) has been navigating the worlds of librarianship and book publishing since 1998. For nearly 14 years, she worked as an editor at Library Journal magazine, where as Book Review Editor she launched the first regular review forum for ebook originals, fostered constructive dialogue between librarians and publishers about ebook sales models, and lobbied for research on the relationship between consumers and patrons. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and loves readers’ advisory, yoga, travel, and punk rock.
Dr Frances Pinter is the interim CEO at Manchester University Press and founder of Knowledge Unlatched – a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) devising and implementing new open access business models in the area of scholarly book length publications. She was the founding Publisher of Bloomsbury Academic and ran the Churchill Archive digitisation project. Frances is a visiting fellow at both the Big Innovation Centre and the London School of Economics. Previously she was Publishing Director at the Soros Foundation. Earlier she founded Pinter Publishers that also owned Leicester University Press and established the imprint Belhaven Press.
Interactive Learning Lab: Self-publishing and its implications for the industry
Self-publishing is disrupting the publishing industry. In this special 2- hour session, you’ll hear from a variety of leaders in the self- and traditional publishing worlds as they discuss the implications of self-publishing for the traditional market. A few of the issues to be covered:
- the idea of ""demonstrating real value - both monetary (via better royalties) and service-oriented - to your authors is something many publishers (some more than others) will be in a lot of trouble if they can't do. Self-pub options are getting a lot more lucrative on both counts.
- The effect of self-published titles on traditional published title pricing.
- Blurring the lines - can/shoud traditional publishers offer self-publishing services?
- What can traditional publishers learn from crowd-sourcing? Is it a good way to find new authors/grow support for your existing authors?
Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in publishing and its digital disruption. "Writing on the Ether," his original weekly column on the industry, is read Thursdays at JaneFriedman.com. His Ether for Authors is read Tuesdays at Publishing Perspectives.com, the international site supported by Frankfurt Buchmesse. A third franchise, London on the Ether, was inaugurated during the 2013 London Book Fair – with which he was a Media Partner – and was carried by TheBookseller.com in London. His Ether work can be tracked on the Publishers Marketplace News Automat via the ePublishing tab and on the home page of his site, PorterAnderson.com. He is also a standing contributor to WriterUnboxed, to The FutureBook in London, and to Digital Book World's Expert Publishing Blog.
As a mainstream journalist, Anderson has worked with CNN USA, CNN International, CNN.com, CNN.com Live, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Observer, and other outlets.
Peter Armstrong is the co-founder of Leanpub, and the author of Lean Publishing, Hello! Flex 4 and Flexible Rails. Peter coined the term Lean Publishing, has written a manifesto about it, and is writing an in-progress ebook about it. Leanpub was founded based on the principles in this manifesto.
Amanda Barbara is the development director of Pubslush, a global, crowdsourcing publishing platform for authors to raise funds and gauge the initial audience for new book ideas. Pubslush also operates an independent imprint that acquires books from the platform, and for every book sold, donates a children’s book to a child in need. Amanda earned a bachelors degree in Public Relations and Creative Writing at the University of Miami in Florida. She has worked as a Corporate Account Manager for Big Geyser and a Leisure Sales Coordinator for the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. She started her career in the Media and Community Relations Department at Macy’s. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.
After eight years working as a yacht captain delivering boats from Chicago to Barbados and everywhere in between,Hugh Howey was finally lured away from the sea by the girl of his dreams. Sequestered in the mountains of North Carolina, he directed his energies into a childhood fantasy of writing soaring adventure stories. His first series, The Molly Fyde Saga, won endorsements and awards from bestselling authors and bloggers. But it was his publication of Wool and the four stories that followed that gave him the freedom to quit his day job and write full-time. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella, just close enough to the sea for it to call to him yet again.
Matthias Matting, born 1966, is a journalist and writer.As a journalist, he covers science and technology and is working for the german news magazine FOCUS. He's also doing weekly video reviews of gadgets on YouTube and FOCUS online. When Amazon started it's KDP programm in Germany in 2011, he was one of the first authors using it and subsequently found himself on the Kindle bestseller list for months. Matting is reporting on his experiences as a self publisher on his blog selfpublisherbibel.de that has become one of the main meeting points of the industry in Germany. ebook bestseller of the year.
Dr. Florian Geuppert joined BoD – Books on Demand GmbH as Managing Director in July 2012. His responsibility covers international business development, corporate communication, marketing, product development, sales and distribution, as well as finance & controlling.
Previously he was a member of the management team at Friendscout24, a company of the Scout24 online classifieds group. After obtaining a degree and doctorate in business administration at the University of St.Gallen he took on diverse management positions at T-Online International and Deutsche Telekom.
Kristin established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC in 2002. Being an avid reader practically since birth, Kristin is equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for her book club or a sexy romance novel. Clients include bestselling authors Jamie Ford, Hugh Howey, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Jasinda Wilder, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair.
When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis as well as Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney.
Member: AAR, RWA, SFWA, SCBWI. Please visit her website www.nelsonagency.com for submission guidelines and also check out Kristin’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/agentkristin and popular blog http://nelsonagency.com/pub-rant
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Joint CEO of Curtis Brown and Managing Director of the books divisio Jonny Geller began life after University as an actor in early 1990s, turning to book agenting at Curtis Brown in the mid 90s. His list includes a wide range of bestselling and award-winning writers spanning from John le Carré to William Boyd; from Tracy Chevalier to David Nicholls; from David Mitchell to Howard Jacobson, from Adele Parks to Sam Bourne, Tony Parsons, Lisa Jewell, Monica Ali and the estate of Ian Fleming. His non–fiction has included the last book by Nelson Mandela, Amnesty International, journalists, public figures and comedians.He wrote a humour book in 2006 called Yes, But is it Good for the Jews? which was published by Penguin (UK), Bloomsbury (US) and Einaudi (Italy) and produced a book with Bloomsbury called New Beginnings to raise money for victims of the 2004 Tsunami.
Jonny was shortlisted for the British Inspiration awards in the media category for 2011, and shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year Award in 2007, 2010 & 2011, and was named Literary Agent of the Year in 2012. He was named among the most influential people in publishing in 2012 by the Evening Standard.
Jon Fine is director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon.com, coordinating outreach to the author and publishing communities, including the company’s grant program which supports a diverse range of not-for-profit author and publisher groups (www.amazon.com/author-grants).
Prior to joining Amazon.com, he served as VP and Associate General Counsel for Random House, Inc., where he directed legal affairs for the Alfred A. Knopf division as well as for Random House of Canada. Jon previously served as Senior Media Counsel at NBC, handling content and associated issues for NBC News, Saturday Night Live, MSNBC, CNBC and other divisions; as counsel at King World Productions for Inside Edition and other “reality-based” programming. He is a graduate of Cornell University and of the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a native New Yorker, who now lives in Seattle.
Michael is the Chief Content Officer at Kobo, and is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across Kobo's web and mobile services. Prior to joining Kobo, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData and authored the publishing technology call-to-arms "Six Projects That Could Change Publishing for the Better." Tamblyn also co-founded Canada's first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, and served as Vice President of Online Operations.Michael has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.