You should join us there.
Quick: How do you turn a giant print publisher into a nimble digital company?
Here’s another: How do you transform a web site best known for a single, larger than life personality into a mainstream news site for the Trump age?
Not easy, either.
But here’s the thing: In a few months, we’re going to talk to the two people whose job depends on answering those questions. Want to hear what they have to say?
So do we. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista and Huffpost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen are joining us at the next edition of Code Media, next February 12 and 13, in Huntington Beach, Calif.
If you’ve been to earlier versions of Code Media, you’ll know what to expect from next year’s edition: Onstage interviews with the most interesting and powerful people in media and technology — and offstage moments that let you connect with people who will help you and your company navigate a challenging and rewarding landscape.
Battista is a sales veteran who took over the massive magazine publisher a year ago. Inside the company, his challenge is figuring out how use its declining print business to launch new digital businesses, while he still can. Externally, he needs to convince Wall Street that he was right not to sell the whole business earlier this year.
Polgreen is a veteran New York Times journalist who joined HuffPost at the beginning of 2017, and is trying to remake a publisher that many people still connect with founder Arianna Huffington. She’s simultaneously overhauling her newsroom, and reaching out to would-be readers who’ve been ignored by big news publishers. Oh — and she’s also navigating life as part of the Verizon/Oath/Aol/Yahoo media experiment.
So, Kara Swisher and I will have lots of questions for both of them. We want to talk big-picture strategy stuff and the tactical plans they use to operate media properties in 2017.
And when we’re not talking to them, or you guys, we might sneak a peak at the Pacific Ocean: We’re hosting Code Media 2018 at the very cool Pasea Hotel & Spa, which is a very nice place to spend two days in February.
We’ll have lots of speaker announcements throughout the fall. But no need to wait: If you register now, you’ll save $ 500 with first mover price.
Sign up here, and we’ll see you in February.