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About the Program
Whether you've been sitting on a brilliant idea for years, thinking about launching something solo, or looking to pitch or pivot within the framework of an established company, we're sure you'll gain useful insights and be inspired to think differently—and think big—about what the book publishing industry could look like if we listened and learned from the innovators among us.
Pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and join BISG for Lessons Drawn from Publishing Entrepreneurs: Taking Risks, Experimentation, and Developing Businesses as You Innovate.
About the Speakers
Andy Hunter is the CEO at Bookshop, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.
He is also Publisher of Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press, and Publisher and co-creator Literary Hub, a daily literary website highlighting the best in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and criticism, and co-founder/chairman of Electric Literature.
Amy Webb, our moderator, is a quantitative futurist whose research focus is on artificial intelligence and how emerging technologies will transform the way we live, work, and govern. She is the author of The Signals Are Talking: Why Today's Fringe Is Tomorrow's Mainstream, a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business, and the founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading future forecasting firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Now in its second decade, FTI advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy also publishes the annual FTI Emerging Tech Trends Report, which has now garnered more than 6.2 million cumulative views worldwide.
Andrew Weinstein is Vice President, Content Acquisition and Strategy at Scribd, a 21st-century content and technology company whose mission is to change the way the world reads. At Scribd, Andrew leads publisher strategy and licensing negotiations, building the most diverse library of content available via a single reading subscription service.
Prior to joining Scribd, Andrew founded a company that created, built, and sold ebook technology; and provided strategic advice, contract negotiation, and business development services for multiple consulting clients in EdTech and the book publishing industry. He's also held executive roles and Ingram and was co-founder of an electronic publishing start-up that was sold to Lightning Print Inc. (now Lightning Source Inc.) in April 2000.
This virtual event, part of BISG's Annual Meeting of Members 2020, is generously sponsored by BISG member