Overview


PubTechConnect 2017
PubTechConnect 2017 Kelly & Bankoff. Photo © Sean Sime.


On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, NYU’s Center for Publishing and Publishers Weekly will present the second PubTechConnect, expanding the conversation about using technology, inventive tactics, and smart strategies to boost publishing businesses and brands. Combining diverse programming with a strong focus on publishing education, PubTechConnect 2018 will present an even larger roster of thought leaders directing the discussions. The conference will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life in New York City, and it will be a day of listening, learning, and networking with industry leaders. We look forward to having you join us.


PubTechConnect 2018 will explore how publishers need to embrace innovation in all aspects of their business, including:
  • Adopting digital technology and an experimental mindset to pivot and transform legacy companies

  • Embracing the new content creators: Who are they and how they can drive sales?

  • Improving creativity in the workforce through collaborative platforms and new productivity methods

  • Implementing influencer and event marketing, branded content, and strategic partnerships in marketing books and other content

  • Fostering new editorial voices and viewpoints

  • Extending your digital story through VR and other emerging technologies

  • Helping major authors create multiplatform brands through targeted alliances with entertainment companies

PubTechConnect 2017
PubTechConnect 2017 Minshew. Photo © Sean Sime.


Here are a few comments from last year's PubTechConnect.

"I thought the event was so well curated and it was an honor to play some small role.”
Sam Olstein, Global Director of Innovation, General Electric - Speaker

"I walked away feeling that I had been given a fresh perspective and new insights that would enable me to take a more creative and proactive approach to growing the business at Ballantine Bantam Dell."
Kristin Fassler, Vice President and Director of Marketing, Ballantine Bantam Dell division of Penguin Random House - Speaker

“PubTechConnect accomplished what a good conference should do: Expose you to ideas outside your immediate industry to reframe the way you think about problem-solving.”
Jacqueline Deval, Vice President and Publisher, Hearst Books - Attendee

"PubTechConnect brought some of the brightest minds to focus on innovating within the publishing industry. I’m excited to see the lineup for next year.”
Kempton Mooney, Executive Director, Product Management, The NPD Group - Attendee

For more comments and the complete program and list of speakers from last year's event , click here.

Speakers

Molly Barton
Serial Box Publishing
Molly Barton
CEO & Cofounder
Serial Box Publishing
Molly Barton is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Serial Box, called “the HBO of reading” by NPR. She is also the executive producer of The Genius Dialogues podcast with MacArthur Fellows hosted by Bob Garfield (On the Media). Previously the global digital director at Penguin, she reported to the worldwide CEO and led the ebook and audio business, digital product innovation, and content strategy including partnerships with NBC and Starz Television. She served on the board of Pearson’s start-up investments in New York, London and Melbourne. Awarded Innovation Funding from Pearson, Barton founded Book Country, the writer collaboration and self-publishing platform for genre fiction writers. She recently served as a faculty member in the Writing Program at Wesleyan University.
Jeremy Caplan
Workplace Digital Effectiveness
Jeremy Caplan
Expert
Workplace Digital Effectiveness
Jeremy Caplan is an expert in workplace digital effectiveness and coaches professionals and companies on digital efficiency. He is director of education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught courses on reporting, multimedia storytelling, mobile video, business fundamentals and entrepreneurial journalism. Before joining CUNY he wrote for Time on business and technology, covering companies like Google, Yahoo, and Apple.
David Cascino
Thunderclap
David Cascino
Founder & CEO
Thunderclap
David Cascino is the founder and CEO of Thunderclap, a platform for amplifying messages people care about. Inspired by the “Human Megaphone” used by “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, he wanted to give anyone the ability to speak up and be heard. Thunderclap has since been used by thousands of passionate individuals, organizations and global brands to extend the reach of their message. Prior to creating Thunderclap, he ran the engineering team at Knewton and co-founded AI Capital, a high frequency trading platform.
Lisa Chow
Gimlet Media
Lisa Chow
Host of StartUp
Gimlet Media
Lisa Chow is host of StartUp, a documentary-style podcast series on entrepreneurial life. Before joining Gimlet Media, the company that produces StartUp, she was a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight and a reporter at NPR's Planet Money and WNYC. She graduated from Brown with a degree in applied math, and she has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Sam Dolnick
The New York Times
Sam Dolnick
Assistant Editor
The New York Times
Sam Dolnick has been an assistant editor for The New York Times since April 2017. In the past two years, he has helped to launch and oversee NYT Audio, NYT VR, The Daily, The Daily 360, mobile strategy for The Times, the Digital Transition team, and the David Carr Fellowship. Dolnick was previously an associate editor in the newsroom. In 2015, he was a leader on a cross-disciplinary team that produced the newsroom’s first VR film, “The Displaced,” and distributed 1.3 million cardboard VR headsets in what was widely described as “VR’s first mainstream moment.” Dolnick joined The Times as a reporter on the Metro desk in 2009. He has also worked as the newsroom's lead editor for mobile and as the deputy Sports editor.
Marcy Drogin
Maximum Films & Management
Marcy Drogin
President & Founder
Maximum Films & Management
Marcy Drogin, an independent literary scout and film producer, is the founder of Maximum Films & Management. The company currently serves as the New York-based literary scout for LA- and London-based movie and TV studios and production companies including: DreamWorks Studios/Amblin Partners; Illumination Entertainment; Rat Pac Entertainment (Brett Ratner); Original Film; Welle Entertainment (Cathy Schulman); and the NBCUniversal TV group including NBC, Universal TV, & NBCUniversal International TV. Prior to starting Maximum Films, Drogin served as president of production at Furthur Films in New York, Michael Douglas’ feature film production company, where she produced such films as “The Sentinel,” “It Runs in the Family,” and “Swimfan,” among others. Drogin also worked as an executive producer, production, and creative executive and literary consultant for various studios, production companies, and producers in the motion picture and television industry. She began her career as a theatre producer in New York, working for esteemed Broadway producers James Pentecost and Charles Suisman, and subsequently produced many plays, both on and off Broadway. She is a B.F.A. Honors graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Kristin Fassler
Penguin Random House
Kristin Fassler
VP, Director of Marketing, Bantam Dell
Penguin Random House
Kristin Fassler is vice president, director of marketing at the Ballantine Bantam Dell division of Penguin Random House. She oversees the creation and implementation of the consumer marketing, branding, and social strategies for over 250 fiction and nonfiction titles annually, across print and digital-only imprints, including campaigns for bestselling authors such as Diana Gabaldon, Debbie Macomber, George R. R. Martin, Lee Child, Jodi Picoult, and Van Jones. Working collaboratively with her team of talented title marketers, she is focused on creating and executing unique, measurable, and digitally-driven marketing campaigns that promote brand awareness, drive discoverability, and grow sales across all formats.
Meredith Ferguson
TMI Strategy
Meredith Ferguson
Managing Director
TMI Strategy
Meredith Ferguson serves as managing director for TMI Strategy, the DoSomething.org consultancy that leverages data, research, and storytelling to help build clients' strategies for activating young people. Her career has spanned both client and agency roles. Prior to joining TMI, Meredith served as vice president of strategic initiatives at Northlich. There, she spearheaded the ILostABet.org, YourChemistry.org, and GiveThemTen.org strategies, as well as led client work for Sam's Club, White House Black Market, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Meredith is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, where she was a founding member of the Vanderbilt Child & Family Law Clinic and later served as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Sara Fischer
Axios
Sara Fischer
Media Reporter
Axios
Sara Fischer is a Media Reporter for Axios and the author of Axios Media Trends, a newsletter where she delivers smart analysis on the trends impacting the digital media ecosystem. Previously, she was a digital producer for The Washington Post, where she produced and edited segments for live and digital audiences. Fischer’s media background includes positions at The New York Times where she was part of The Times’ political advertising team. Fischer joined The Times from CNN in 2014, where she wrote breaking news stories for CNN Politics and co-authored the network’s political newsletter, Gut Check. Before joining CNN, Fischer served as a Business Development Associate at POLITICO, where she helped manage sales operations and client engagement for the company’s advertising team.
Sara Goodman
Wednesday Books
Sara Goodman
Editorial Director
Wednesday Books
Sara Goodman is the Editorial Director of the Wednesday Books imprint at Macmillan’s St. Martin’s Press, having begun her publishing career at Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd. as an agent in 2001, and joining St. Martin’s Press six years later as an Editorial Assistant. In the course of her editorial career, she has edited Rainbow Rowell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Landline, and Carry On; Courtney Summers, the acclaimed author of Cracked Up to Be, Some Girls Are, Fall For Anything, This is Not a Test, and All the Rage; the YA anthologies My True Love Gave To Me and Summer Days and Summer Nights with internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins; and the co-authored novel by David Levithan and Nina LaCour, You Know Me Well; and I Hate Everyone But You, an epistolary novel from YouTube sensations, Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, among many other books.
Jessica Grose
Lenny
Jessica Grose
Editor in Chief
Lenny
Jessica Grose is the editor of Lenny, an email newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. She writes about women's issues, family, culture, and grizzly bears. She argued in defense of her generation as part of an Intelligence Squared debate. Her debut novel, Sad Desk Salad, came out in 2012, followed by her second novel, Soulmates, in 2016. She was formerly a senior editor at Slate, and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, Businessweek, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. Jessica is the co-author, with Doree Shafrir, of Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home, based on their blog, Postcards From Yo Momma. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Amanda Hesser
Food52
Amanda Hesser
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Food52
Amanda Hesser is the co-founder and chief executive officer of kitchen and home company Food52, which she co-founded with Merrill Stubbs in 2009. From 1997 to 2008, she was a reporter and food editor at The New York Times. She is the author of Cooking for Mr. Latte: a Food Lover’s Courtship, with Recipes and The Cook and the Gardener and the co-author of two Food52 cookbooks. Her The Essential New York Times Cookbook was a New York Times Bestseller, and her most recent book, written with Stubbs, is A New Way to Dinner. Hesser has been named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet, played herself in the Nora Ephron film Julie & Julia, created the Twitter app Plodt, and served on President Obama's Commission on White House Fellowships. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and twins.
Prerna Gupta
Hooked
Prerna Gupta
Founder & CEO
Hooked
Prerna Gupta is founder & chief executive officer of Hooked, a company that is redefining fiction for the Snapchat generation. Hooked’s mission is to make reading as engaging for teens and millennials as texting their friends. The app has reached over 40 million readers worldwide and has hit the #1 spot in the App Store in 25 countries. Hooked is backed by top investors in Silicon Valley and Hollywood, including Ashton Kutcher, William Morris Endeavor, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Greg Silverman, Charles King, Founders Fund, SV Angel, Greylock, and more. Previously, Gupta was chief product officer at Smule, where she led the development of hit music apps, like AutoRap. She has been named one of the Most Influential Woman in Tech by Fast Company, and her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Forbes, and TechCrunch, among others. Gupta graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University.
Jane Lee
HarperCollins
Jane Lee
Sr. Manager of Content and Community
HarperCollins
Jane Lee is the senior manager of content and community at Epic Reads, HarperCollins’s young adult reading community, where she manages brand activity, leads social media strategy, and develops content. She believes in the power of creative storytelling and is always on the lookout for new and cool ways to approach brand marketing across platforms that will boost engagement and grow communities. Before joining Epic Reads, she was previously at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as the digital marketing and social media manager of NOVL.
Matt Lieber
Gimlet Media
Matt Lieber
Cofounder & President
Gimlet Media
Matt Lieber is cofounder and president of Gimlet Media. In a previous life, Matt helped launch the public radio programs The Takeaway and Fair Game. He left radio to get his M.B.A., and worked for several years as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group before chucking it all for this. He knows the value of a dollar.
Tina McIntyre
Hachette Book Group
Tina McIntyre
Senior Executive Director
Hachette Book Group
Tina McIntyre is Senior Executive Director of Content Development for the Hachette Book Group, where she works with Hachette’s divisions to develop strategic programs and partnerships that add to an author’s traditional book publishing profile. Prior to assuming this role in March 2016, Tina spent the bulk of her career in children’s publishing, most recently as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Digital Publisher for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She previously served as the Marketing Director in LBYR where she oversaw the department’s marketing initiatives while running the ongoing marketing efforts for The Twilight Saga. She started her publishing career at Scholastic overseeing online and paperback marketing. Tina earned an MS in Publishing from New York University.
Michael Mignano
Anchor
Michael Mignano
Co-Founder & CEO
Anchor
Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of Anchor, the company that makes it easy for anyone to hear, share, and create audio. Michael built Anchor to democratize audio: putting a podcast recording studio in the pockets of creators and developing features to make content interactive. Previously, Michael was VP of Product for Aviary, growing the company’s audience to over 100M users before being acquired by Adobe in 2014. Prior to that, Michael led Digital Product Development for Atlantic Records.
Thu-Huong Ha
Quartz
Thu-Huong Ha
Books & Culture Reporter
Quartz
Thu-Huong Ha writes about books and culture for Quartz. She's an executive producer of the bi-annual TEDxNewYork conference and the author of the YA novel Hail Caesar, published by PUSH, an imprint of Scholastic. She likes to eat and learn, at times in tandem.
Pamela Paul
The New York Times Book Review
Pamela Paul
Editor
The New York Times Book Review
Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and of all book coverage at the newspaper. She is the author of four books, most recently My Life with Bob. She is also the editor of an anthology, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life. She is the host of the Book Review podcast, the longest-running podcast at The Times. Paul has been a contributor to TIME magazine and a columnist for The Economist, Worth, and for The New York Times Sunday Styles section. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist, Vogue, and other publications.
Jonathan Sandler
Gensler
Jonathan Sandler
Strategy Director
Gensler
Johnathan Sandler is Strategy Director, Firmwide Publisher and Media Pratice Area Leader, Gensler Sandler provides strategic planning and consulting services for Fortune 500 companies in New York and internationally, including Condé Nast, Hachette Book Group, The New York Times Company and The Hearst Corporation. With a background in design and real estate development, he is works with key client organizations in the media sector. He regularly speaks at industry conferences such as Real Leasing Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s annual conference.
Callie Schweitzer
Thrive Global
Callie Schweitzer
Chief Content Officer
Thrive Global
Callie Schweitzer is the chief content officer at Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s new health and Well-being Company. Prior to joining Thrive, she was the editorial director of audience strategy for Time Inc., working across the company on revenue and audience growth initiatives; and the editorial director and founder of Motto, TIME's millennial women platform. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, The Huffington Post, and PEOPLE. She was named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30 in 2016, AdWeek's list of Future Publishers in 2015, and to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in December 2012 and 2013.
Josh Stinchcomb
Condé Nast
Josh Stinchcomb
Chief Experience Officer
Condé Nast
Josh Stinchcomb is the chief experience officer of Condé Nast where he oversees branded content, experiential, and licensing for the company. Stinchcomb has held numerous roles at Condé Nast including senior vice president of Corporate Sales and publisher of Condé Nast Digital. In 2008, he was awarded Sales Team Leader of the Year by MIN (Media Industry Newsletters). In 2013, he was named to Ad Age’s 40 under 40. He has taught for the NYUSPS M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Stinchcomb also has an M.B.A from New York University.
Molly Barton
CEO & Cofounder
Serial Box Publishing
Molly Barton
CEO & Cofounder
Serial Box Publishing
Molly Barton is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Serial Box, called “the HBO of reading” by NPR. She is also the executive producer of The Genius Dialogues podcast with MacArthur Fellows hosted by Bob Garfield (On the Media). Previously the global digital director at Penguin, she reported to the worldwide CEO and led the ebook and audio business, digital product innovation, and content strategy including partnerships with NBC and Starz Television. She served on the board of Pearson’s start-up investments in New York, London and Melbourne. Awarded Innovation Funding from Pearson, Barton founded Book Country, the writer collaboration and self-publishing platform for genre fiction writers. She recently served as a faculty member in the Writing Program at Wesleyan University.
Jeremy Caplan
Expert
Workplace Digital Effectiveness
Jeremy Caplan
Expert
Workplace Digital Effectiveness
Jeremy Caplan is an expert in workplace digital effectiveness and coaches professionals and companies on digital efficiency. He is director of education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught courses on reporting, multimedia storytelling, mobile video, business fundamentals and entrepreneurial journalism. Before joining CUNY he wrote for Time on business and technology, covering companies like Google, Yahoo, and Apple.
David Cascino
Founder & CEO
Thunderclap
David Cascino
Founder & CEO
Thunderclap
David Cascino is the founder and CEO of Thunderclap, a platform for amplifying messages people care about. Inspired by the “Human Megaphone” used by “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, he wanted to give anyone the ability to speak up and be heard. Thunderclap has since been used by thousands of passionate individuals, organizations and global brands to extend the reach of their message. Prior to creating Thunderclap, he ran the engineering team at Knewton and co-founded AI Capital, a high frequency trading platform.
Lisa Chow
Host of StartUp
Gimlet Media
Lisa Chow
Host of StartUp
Gimlet Media
Lisa Chow is host of StartUp, a documentary-style podcast series on entrepreneurial life. Before joining Gimlet Media, the company that produces StartUp, she was a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight and a reporter at NPR's Planet Money and WNYC. She graduated from Brown with a degree in applied math, and she has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Sam Dolnick
Assistant Editor
The New York Times
Sam Dolnick
Assistant Editor
The New York Times
Sam Dolnick has been an assistant editor for The New York Times since April 2017. In the past two years, he has helped to launch and oversee NYT Audio, NYT VR, The Daily, The Daily 360, mobile strategy for The Times, the Digital Transition team, and the David Carr Fellowship. Dolnick was previously an associate editor in the newsroom. In 2015, he was a leader on a cross-disciplinary team that produced the newsroom’s first VR film, “The Displaced,” and distributed 1.3 million cardboard VR headsets in what was widely described as “VR’s first mainstream moment.” Dolnick joined The Times as a reporter on the Metro desk in 2009. He has also worked as the newsroom's lead editor for mobile and as the deputy Sports editor.
Marcy Drogin
President & Founder
Maximum Films & Management
Marcy Drogin
President & Founder
Maximum Films & Management
Marcy Drogin, an independent literary scout and film producer, is the founder of Maximum Films & Management. The company currently serves as the New York-based literary scout for LA- and London-based movie and TV studios and production companies including: DreamWorks Studios/Amblin Partners; Illumination Entertainment; Rat Pac Entertainment (Brett Ratner); Original Film; Welle Entertainment (Cathy Schulman); and the NBCUniversal TV group including NBC, Universal TV, & NBCUniversal International TV. Prior to starting Maximum Films, Drogin served as president of production at Furthur Films in New York, Michael Douglas’ feature film production company, where she produced such films as “The Sentinel,” “It Runs in the Family,” and “Swimfan,” among others. Drogin also worked as an executive producer, production, and creative executive and literary consultant for various studios, production companies, and producers in the motion picture and television industry. She began her career as a theatre producer in New York, working for esteemed Broadway producers James Pentecost and Charles Suisman, and subsequently produced many plays, both on and off Broadway. She is a B.F.A. Honors graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Kristin Fassler
VP, Director of Marketing, Bantam Dell
Penguin Random House
Kristin Fassler
VP, Director of Marketing, Bantam Dell
Penguin Random House
Kristin Fassler is vice president, director of marketing at the Ballantine Bantam Dell division of Penguin Random House. She oversees the creation and implementation of the consumer marketing, branding, and social strategies for over 250 fiction and nonfiction titles annually, across print and digital-only imprints, including campaigns for bestselling authors such as Diana Gabaldon, Debbie Macomber, George R. R. Martin, Lee Child, Jodi Picoult, and Van Jones. Working collaboratively with her team of talented title marketers, she is focused on creating and executing unique, measurable, and digitally-driven marketing campaigns that promote brand awareness, drive discoverability, and grow sales across all formats.
Meredith Ferguson
Managing Director
TMI Strategy
Meredith Ferguson
Managing Director
TMI Strategy
Meredith Ferguson serves as managing director for TMI Strategy, the DoSomething.org consultancy that leverages data, research, and storytelling to help build clients' strategies for activating young people. Her career has spanned both client and agency roles. Prior to joining TMI, Meredith served as vice president of strategic initiatives at Northlich. There, she spearheaded the ILostABet.org, YourChemistry.org, and GiveThemTen.org strategies, as well as led client work for Sam's Club, White House Black Market, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Meredith is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, where she was a founding member of the Vanderbilt Child & Family Law Clinic and later served as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Sara Fischer
Media Reporter
Axios
Sara Fischer
Media Reporter
Axios
Sara Fischer is a Media Reporter for Axios and the author of Axios Media Trends, a newsletter where she delivers smart analysis on the trends impacting the digital media ecosystem. Previously, she was a digital producer for The Washington Post, where she produced and edited segments for live and digital audiences. Fischer’s media background includes positions at The New York Times where she was part of The Times’ political advertising team. Fischer joined The Times from CNN in 2014, where she wrote breaking news stories for CNN Politics and co-authored the network’s political newsletter, Gut Check. Before joining CNN, Fischer served as a Business Development Associate at POLITICO, where she helped manage sales operations and client engagement for the company’s advertising team.
Sara Goodman
Editorial Director
Wednesday Books
Sara Goodman
Editorial Director
Wednesday Books
Sara Goodman is the Editorial Director of the Wednesday Books imprint at Macmillan’s St. Martin’s Press, having begun her publishing career at Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd. as an agent in 2001, and joining St. Martin’s Press six years later as an Editorial Assistant. In the course of her editorial career, she has edited Rainbow Rowell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Landline, and Carry On; Courtney Summers, the acclaimed author of Cracked Up to Be, Some Girls Are, Fall For Anything, This is Not a Test, and All the Rage; the YA anthologies My True Love Gave To Me and Summer Days and Summer Nights with internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins; and the co-authored novel by David Levithan and Nina LaCour, You Know Me Well; and I Hate Everyone But You, an epistolary novel from YouTube sensations, Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, among many other books.
Jessica Grose
Editor in Chief
Lenny
Jessica Grose
Editor in Chief
Lenny
Jessica Grose is the editor of Lenny, an email newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. She writes about women's issues, family, culture, and grizzly bears. She argued in defense of her generation as part of an Intelligence Squared debate. Her debut novel, Sad Desk Salad, came out in 2012, followed by her second novel, Soulmates, in 2016. She was formerly a senior editor at Slate, and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, Businessweek, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. Jessica is the co-author, with Doree Shafrir, of Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home, based on their blog, Postcards From Yo Momma. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Amanda Hesser
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Food52
Amanda Hesser
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Food52
Amanda Hesser is the co-founder and chief executive officer of kitchen and home company Food52, which she co-founded with Merrill Stubbs in 2009. From 1997 to 2008, she was a reporter and food editor at The New York Times. She is the author of Cooking for Mr. Latte: a Food Lover’s Courtship, with Recipes and The Cook and the Gardener and the co-author of two Food52 cookbooks. Her The Essential New York Times Cookbook was a New York Times Bestseller, and her most recent book, written with Stubbs, is A New Way to Dinner. Hesser has been named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet, played herself in the Nora Ephron film Julie & Julia, created the Twitter app Plodt, and served on President Obama's Commission on White House Fellowships. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and twins.
Prerna Gupta
Founder & CEO
Hooked
Prerna Gupta
Founder & CEO
Hooked
Prerna Gupta is founder & chief executive officer of Hooked, a company that is redefining fiction for the Snapchat generation. Hooked’s mission is to make reading as engaging for teens and millennials as texting their friends. The app has reached over 40 million readers worldwide and has hit the #1 spot in the App Store in 25 countries. Hooked is backed by top investors in Silicon Valley and Hollywood, including Ashton Kutcher, William Morris Endeavor, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Greg Silverman, Charles King, Founders Fund, SV Angel, Greylock, and more. Previously, Gupta was chief product officer at Smule, where she led the development of hit music apps, like AutoRap. She has been named one of the Most Influential Woman in Tech by Fast Company, and her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Forbes, and TechCrunch, among others. Gupta graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University.
Jane Lee
Sr. Manager of Content and Community
HarperCollins
Jane Lee
Sr. Manager of Content and Community
HarperCollins
Jane Lee is the senior manager of content and community at Epic Reads, HarperCollins’s young adult reading community, where she manages brand activity, leads social media strategy, and develops content. She believes in the power of creative storytelling and is always on the lookout for new and cool ways to approach brand marketing across platforms that will boost engagement and grow communities. Before joining Epic Reads, she was previously at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as the digital marketing and social media manager of NOVL.
Matt Lieber
Cofounder & President
Gimlet Media
Matt Lieber
Cofounder & President
Gimlet Media
Matt Lieber is cofounder and president of Gimlet Media. In a previous life, Matt helped launch the public radio programs The Takeaway and Fair Game. He left radio to get his M.B.A., and worked for several years as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group before chucking it all for this. He knows the value of a dollar.
Tina McIntyre
Senior Executive Director
Hachette Book Group
Tina McIntyre
Senior Executive Director
Hachette Book Group
Tina McIntyre is Senior Executive Director of Content Development for the Hachette Book Group, where she works with Hachette’s divisions to develop strategic programs and partnerships that add to an author’s traditional book publishing profile. Prior to assuming this role in March 2016, Tina spent the bulk of her career in children’s publishing, most recently as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Digital Publisher for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She previously served as the Marketing Director in LBYR where she oversaw the department’s marketing initiatives while running the ongoing marketing efforts for The Twilight Saga. She started her publishing career at Scholastic overseeing online and paperback marketing. Tina earned an MS in Publishing from New York University.
Michael Mignano
Co-Founder & CEO
Anchor
Michael Mignano
Co-Founder & CEO
Anchor
Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of Anchor, the company that makes it easy for anyone to hear, share, and create audio. Michael built Anchor to democratize audio: putting a podcast recording studio in the pockets of creators and developing features to make content interactive. Previously, Michael was VP of Product for Aviary, growing the company’s audience to over 100M users before being acquired by Adobe in 2014. Prior to that, Michael led Digital Product Development for Atlantic Records.
Thu-Huong Ha
Books & Culture Reporter
Quartz
Thu-Huong Ha
Books & Culture Reporter
Quartz
Thu-Huong Ha writes about books and culture for Quartz. She's an executive producer of the bi-annual TEDxNewYork conference and the author of the YA novel Hail Caesar, published by PUSH, an imprint of Scholastic. She likes to eat and learn, at times in tandem.
Pamela Paul
Editor
The New York Times Book Review
Pamela Paul
Editor
The New York Times Book Review
Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and of all book coverage at the newspaper. She is the author of four books, most recently My Life with Bob. She is also the editor of an anthology, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life. She is the host of the Book Review podcast, the longest-running podcast at The Times. Paul has been a contributor to TIME magazine and a columnist for The Economist, Worth, and for The New York Times Sunday Styles section. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist, Vogue, and other publications.
Jonathan Sandler
Strategy Director
Gensler
Jonathan Sandler
Strategy Director
Gensler
Johnathan Sandler is Strategy Director, Firmwide Publisher and Media Pratice Area Leader, Gensler Sandler provides strategic planning and consulting services for Fortune 500 companies in New York and internationally, including Condé Nast, Hachette Book Group, The New York Times Company and The Hearst Corporation. With a background in design and real estate development, he is works with key client organizations in the media sector. He regularly speaks at industry conferences such as Real Leasing Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s annual conference.
Callie Schweitzer
Chief Content Officer
Thrive Global
Callie Schweitzer
Chief Content Officer
Thrive Global
Callie Schweitzer is the chief content officer at Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s new health and Well-being Company. Prior to joining Thrive, she was the editorial director of audience strategy for Time Inc., working across the company on revenue and audience growth initiatives; and the editorial director and founder of Motto, TIME's millennial women platform. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, The Huffington Post, and PEOPLE. She was named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30 in 2016, AdWeek's list of Future Publishers in 2015, and to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in December 2012 and 2013.
Josh Stinchcomb
Chief Experience Officer
Condé Nast
Josh Stinchcomb
Chief Experience Officer
Condé Nast
Josh Stinchcomb is the chief experience officer of Condé Nast where he oversees branded content, experiential, and licensing for the company. Stinchcomb has held numerous roles at Condé Nast including senior vice president of Corporate Sales and publisher of Condé Nast Digital. In 2008, he was awarded Sales Team Leader of the Year by MIN (Media Industry Newsletters). In 2013, he was named to Ad Age’s 40 under 40. He has taught for the NYUSPS M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Stinchcomb also has an M.B.A from New York University.
Testimonials


PubTechConnect 2017
PubTehConnect 2017 innovators panel. Photo © Sean Sime.


“PUBTECHCONNECT was the perfect mix of speakers from the publishing world with experts and authorities from other fields, and provided ample time to network and brainstorm with our peers. I walked away feeling that I had been given a fresh perspective and new insights that would enable me to take a more creative and proactive approach to growing the business at Ballantine Bantam Dell.”
Kristin Fassler, Vice President and Director of Marketing, Ballantine Bantam Dell division of Penguin Random House

“PUBTECHCONNECT provided both an understanding of the current industry landscape and perspectives to help analyze and plan for changes on the horizon. I found the insights provided by the speakers and participants to be of great value as I analyze the marketplace. As an additional bonus, the conference also provided an opportunity to connect with experts within the broader spectrum of the publishing industry."
Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer, Executive Vice President, International

“Congratulations on an amazing inaugural conference. I thought the event was so well curated and it was an honor to play some small role.”
Sam Olstein, Global Director of Innovation, General Electric

"I absolutely loved hearing from such a diverse mix of business leaders across different disciplines and not just book publishing. Learning how others are dealing with the age of disruption gave a sense of camaraderie while at the same time provided takeaways, ideas, and inspiration for my own business."
Gail Gonzales, Vice President, Publisher, Rodale Books/Rodale Kids

"It was refreshing to attend a conference with speakers from a range of industries beyond publishing and media, and where the audience could make the connections to their own businesses when and as needed. Everyone who presented had something useful to contribute – and I'm still drawing on their insights months later."
Lorraine Shanley, President, Market Partners International


PubTechConnect 2017
PubTehConnect 2017 marketers panel. Photo © Sean Sime.


“PUBTECHCONNECT accomplished what a good conference should do: Expose you to ideas outside your immediate industry to reframe the way you think about problem solving. With speakers from large institutions to young entrepreneurs, PubTech offered fresh thinking from men and women who are leaders in their fields.”
Jacqueline Deval, Vice President and Publisher, Hearst Books

“PUBTECHCONNECT was a breath of fresh air. It gave me a great update on how media players outside of our book industry focus are further changing, adapting, and growing in the digital marketplace–ranging from The New York Times to Facebook to Squarespace.”
Peter Hildick-Smith, Founder and President, Codex-Group LLC

“PUBTECHCONNECT brought some of the brightest minds to focus on innovating within the publishing industry. I’m excited to see the line-up for next year.”
Kempton Mooney, Executive Director, Product Management, the NPD Group

"I gleaned a lot of useful information about how to be a better manager and how to think creatively about industry disruption, adaptation, and innovation. We were pleased to be included and look forward to supporting the initiative in future."
Lauren Klouda, Marketing Manager, Print + Digital, Independent Publishers Group (IPG)

Press


Publishers Weekly
“The power of storytelling in a period of relentless change, the challenges of managing a multigenerational workforce, and the evolving possibilities of social media were among the topics examined at the inaugural PubTechConnect, a daylong conference on the intersection of publishing and technology held at the NYU’s Kimmel Center on April 20... The digital era is well underway, and PubTech offered an opportunity to renew discussion about the challenges and complexities it has brought to the marketplace.”
Read more from “Books Meet Tech at PubTechConnect” on Publishers Weekly.
Read Publishers Weekly’s full conference coverage here.


Publishing Perspectives
“At some point late in the morning, it became evident that these folks from organizations as disparate as Dropbox and the City of New York don’t frequently hear from each other any more than publishing hears from them. All day long, there were interesting listening patterns going on, raised eyebrows across the stock market, quick notes being made of something heard from the other end of a panel.”
Read more from “PubTechConnect’s First Outing: Content in Digital Times” on Publishing Perspectives.


Publishing Trends
“Throughout the day there were periodic references to how book publishers could adapt the issues under discussion for their own use – and some energetic interactive session... But generally the purpose of the conference was to present the range of digital voices and platforms, and trust that publishers would find ways to adapt them to their own books, authors and audiences. In the final panel, Moira Forbes, EVP of Forbes Media, summed up not just her panel but the entire day when she talked about finding, understanding and communicating with your target 'customer' by continually embracing innovation... The audience, almost all of whom stayed through the last panel, was feted with champagne in what felt like a celebration of the multiple opportunities that had been highlighted throughout the day.“
Read more from “PubTechConnect: Where Publishing Meets its Future” on Publishing Trends.
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