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About your Host John Battelle

EIC and CEO, NewCo

Over the past three decades, John Battelle has convened dozens of industry-leading executive events centered on the intersection of technology, business, and culture, including the Internet Summit (with Mary Meeker and Bill Gurley), Foursquare (with Steven Rattner), Signal (with Marc Pritchard) and the Web 2 Summit (with Tim O’Reilly).

As co-founder and CEO of NewCo, John Battelle continues his life’s work finding patterns in the massive narrative that is the intersection of business, technology, and culture. John is an entrepreneur, author and journalist. Best known for his work creating media properties, Battelle helped launch Wired in the 1990s and launched The Industry Standard an integrated weekly magazine, research, online, and conference business that set records for advertising pages sold in a single year during the dot-com boom.

In 2005, he founded the online advertising network Federated Media Publishing. John’s 2005 book, The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, described the history and impact of search engines and the late emergence of Google from a field of competitors.

About NewCo

NewCo celebrates business on a mission, connecting its audiences to the stories shaping business, politics, and culture as society undergoes the greatest transition since the Industrial Revolution: a shift beyond profit toward purpose-driven business. Piloted as an in-person event experience in San Francisco in 2012, NewCo has evolved to include both city-specific festivals hosted throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America and also an immersive array of digital offerings which expand upon the conversation begun at NewCo events. NewCo also produces a multi-platform publication, NewCo Shift, illuminating the companies, leaders, and issues driving the transition to a sustainable, positive-impact business ecosystem. The brainchild of six-time media and tech entrepreneur John Battelle, NewCo Shift is defining a new approach to business journalism through editorial features, profiles, video, and more. It features content from notable writers and thinkers on a range of topics impacting global business today.