SAN FRANCISCO, CA, JULY 13, 2016 – NewCo Shift, the business media property founded by Wired, Industry Standard, and Federated Media founder John Battelle, today launched NewCo Shift Dialogs, a new video series featuring in-depth conversations with Fortune 500 executives and leaders of innovative, mission-driven companies. The Shift Dialogs video series serves as a precursor to NewCo’s upcoming executive business conference, the NewCo Shift Forum, slated for February 2017 in San Francisco.
Created in collaboration with Nasdaq’s Entrepreneurial Center, the NewCo Shift Dialogs are a key addition to NewCo’s growing media portfolio which launched on Medium in April 2016 at shift.newco.co. The first two episodes of NewCo Shift Dialogs feature Brad Smith, president of Microsoft and Max Ventilla, founder and CEO of AltSchool. The videos can be seen on NewCo Shift at dialogs.newco.co.
The Shift Dialogs programming is a preview of what’s to come at the Shift Forum, an invitation-only, executive event to be held in San Francisco early next year (forum.newco.co). With these new ventures, Battelle aims to curate a conversation between established incumbents and more disruptive insurgents about how companies harness technology and innovation to best navigate economic change. Publicis.Sapient and Adobe have signed on as founding partners for Forum.
“The Shift Dialogs offer a chance for our readers and viewers to hear directly from the people who are transforming key industries throughout the business world,” said NewCo’s John Battelle. “With guests like Aaron Levie of Box, Ev Williams of Medium, and Jeff Clarke of Kodak, the series aims to share insights from those driving significant change throughout their sectors and business as a whole.”
The show is filmed on location in San Francisco at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and in New York at Nasdaq market site. Established in 2014, the Center serves the entrepreneurial community through differentiated events, meaningful education, and a strong commitment to mentorship.
“The Center serves as a gathering place for entrepreneurs to find inspiration at any stage of their journey. NewCo Shift Dialogs extends that mission, gathering some of the greatest minds in business, distilling valuable information so that the leaders of today and tomorrow can find inspiration and learn valuable lessons,” added Nicola Corzine, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurial Center.
“Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a fantastic partner for us on Dialogs,” said Battelle. “Thanks to their commitment to fostering entrepreneurship, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center gave NewCo, as a startup, its own chance to broaden the audience for what NewCo does so well – curate the conversation about innovation for a much larger audience who can consume the conversation digitally around the world.”
NewCo identifies and connects the engines of positive change in our society, celebrating “business on a mission” through festivals and media. NewCo has held 28 festivals since 2012 across North America, Europe, Latin America and Shanghai with over 30,000 attendees and nearly 2,500 innovative companies participating. NewCo’s editorial arm profiles the companies, leaders, and issues driving the most significant economic transition since the rise of industrial capitalism – the shift to sustainable, positive-impact business practices — through written features, video, email newsletters and more.