Innovation Immersion


emediaSF organizes U.S. innovation immersion tours for executives and managers that help them understand the digital landscape. It arranges two kinds of tours: a) digital media study tours in the U.S. for industry associations and their members, and b) custom business development visits for executives and managers of individual companies. Tours typically run from 3 to 5 business days and encompass up to 3 U.S. cities that are centers of innovation. The meetings are typically with senior executives and managers. Here are testimonials from participants of the tours organized by emediaSF:

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

Below are some of the companies and organizations that we have arranged meetings with:

72LuxFlipboardMixpoSequence
Adaptive PathFlyp MediaMoVoxxSequoia Capital
AdifyForbes.comMyWavesSharethrough
AdMeldFoursquareNarrative ScienceShopStyle
AdobeGalvanizedNational GeographicSkava
AKQAGeekWireNayamodeSocialFlow
Altimeter GroupGlam MediaNew York Times DigitalStanford d.school
AmazonGoogleNew York Times R&D LabStoried
AppleGroup CommerceNews360Sugar Publishing
AptaraHanley WoodNewsweek DigitalSynapse
AtavistHearst Magazines Digital MediaNext Issue MediaTacoda
Atlantic MediaHuffington PostNieman LabTechCrunch
AttributorIDG - PC WorldOgilvy InteractiveThe Hub
AutomatticIMPRINTOlive SoftwareThe Wonderfactory
Autonomy - AurasmaInMobiOngoThought Industries
BertelsmannInnovegaOptimizelyTime Inc.
blinkxIntelOwnZonesTinypass
BloombergJajahPayPalTiVo
Buddy MediaJefferies & Company, Inc.Penton Custom SolutionsTopix
BusinessWeek DigitalJournalism Online / Press+Pereira & O'DellTrackMaven
ChartbeatJuly SystemsPew ResearchTumblr
CNETKruxPinterestTumri
CNNLinden LabPiquoraTwitter
CollectiveLinkedInPluckUnruly
CondeŽ Nast DigitalLivefyrePodShowVizu
ConmioLongitude MediaPolar MobileVOX Media
ContextWebLoomiaPoliticoVungle
CScoutLuminatePubMaticWall Street Journal Digital Network
Daily BeastMark LogicQuartzWashington Post
Demand MediaMatterQuestexWhiskey Media
DFJMcGovern Institute for Brain ResearchRealVuWidgetbox
DistroscaleMedialetsRedditWired.com
Domino Media GroupMedioResponsiveAdsWirtschaftswoche
Draper UniversityMediumRipple6XO Group
Dynamic LogicMeredithRocket FuelYahoo!
ElsevierMicrosoft AdvertisingRocketSpaceZinio
EureksterMicrosoft FUSE LabsSay MediaZumobi
FacebookMillions of UsScout AnalyticsZuora
Fierce MarketsMIT Media LabSeattlepi.com

Study Tours for Associations and Organizations

2017

Digital Innovators US Tour (upcoming)

New York and Washington D.C.
May 7 to 12, 2017

2016

Austrian Newspaper Association (VÖZ) US Tour

New York City
May 10 to 13, 2016

2015

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

Washington D.C. and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
September 27 to October 2, 2015

Digital Innovators US Tour

New York and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
April 19 to 24, 2015

2014

Austrian Newspaper Association (VÖZ) US Tour

San Francisco / Silicon Valley
October 12 to 15, 2014

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

New York and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
September 21 to 26, 2014

Digital Innovators US Tour

Seatlle and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
May 18 to 23, 2014

2013

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

Seattle and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
November 3 to 8, 2013

2012

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

New York and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
October 28 to November 2, 2012

2011

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

New York and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
October 23 to 28, 2011

Forum Corporate Publishing (FCP) US Tour

New York
May 8 to 11, 2011

2010

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

New York and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
October 24 to 29, 2010

2009

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

New York and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
October 18 to 23, 2009

2008

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

New York and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
October 19 to 24, 2008

CeBIT Press Tour

San Francisco / Silicon Valley
September 29 to October 3, 2008

2007

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

San Francisco / Silicon Valley
May 9 to 11, 2007

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

San Francisco / Silicon Valley
December 2 to 5, 2007

2006

Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) Online Publishers US Tour

San Francisco / Silicon Valley
November 29 to December 1, 2006

 

 

Tours for Individual Companies

The following tours and company visits were tailored to the specific needs of individual clients, who are mostly German publishers and media companies.

2015

Partnership Search

New York and Denver
November 30 to December 3, 2015

2013

Partnership/International Distribution Search

New York and Birmingham, Alabama
May 5 to 10, 2013

2012

Partnership Search and Study Tour

Seattle and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
February 26 to March 2, 2012

2011

Business Development

New York
August 24 to 26, 2011

Partnership Search and Study Tour

Los Angeles and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
February 13 to 18, 2011

2008

Partnership Search and Study Tour

New York, Boston and San Francisco / Silicon Valley
February 10 to 15, 2008

2007

Partnership Search and Study Tour

San Francisco / Silicon Valley
November 12 to 16, 2007