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Affilizz is a groundbreaking SaaS platform that helps tier-1 content media businesses drive purchase intent.

Affilizz tools empower content publishers, from influencers to international media groups, to craft top-notch content-to-commerce experiences while boosting sales for affiliation platforms and brands. With over 90% of consumers comparing prices before making a purchase, Affilizz’s solutions drive user engagement and CTRs, offering publishers and merchants the optimal opportunity to increase sales.

Affilizz is backed by a team of engineers and affiliation and media experts who leverage their skills and expertise to ensure the platform’s success and deliver remarkable results for its users.

AdvantageCS is the developer of Advantage—the global marketing, subscription and membership platform for publishers and membership associations. Leading companies rely on Advantage to manage their digital subscriptions, entitlements, magazines, bundles, e-products, memberships, events, continuity programs, product orders, payments, telemarketing and customer service. Advantage provides an integrated eCommerce platform for shopping cart and customer self-service, a landing page design tool, multi-currency, and digital payment methods.

AdvantageCS has been developing software for publishers for over 40 years. With a worldwide reputation for superior software and service, AdvantageCS is a trusted partner of many global information companies.

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) sustains a healthy and thriving magazine industry by serving the people who publish, create, print and distribute an uniquely Albertan view of the world. We’re a classroom, a forum, a newsletter, an advocate and a united voice for magazine publishers in the province. Since 1997, we’ve supported Alberta magazines through promotion, advancement, and practical programs that foster professional development and industry growth.

The Quebec Association of Magazine Publishers (AQEM)is a non-profit that brings together 45 publishers ranging from small publishing houses to the largest publisher in the province. The AQEM represent more than 100 publications across Quebec and 12 million readers every year, covering many segments of our cultural fabric.  The Quebec magazine industry is truly an environment of great vitality, which reflects the immense diversity of Quebec today.

Cafeyn Group is a leading European media streaming platform, offering unlimited access to national and international content in a variety of formats and on all devices. Cafeyn has more than 2.5 million users in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Luxembourg, Italy, Canada, Ireland and the USA. The Group has also established collaborations with over 500 publishers and content providers worldwide, providing access to nearly 3,000 newspapers, magazines, news feeds and other pure player content brands such as Business Week, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Paris Match, Libération, Elle and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Since 2006, the company has experienced strong growth, both organically and through acquisitions of companies such as miLibris (FR), Blendle (NL) and more recently Kidjo (US). Cafeyn has offices in Paris, London, Tangier, Montreal and Utrecht and employs over 200 people. In addition to its BtoC business, the service is distributed through multiple long-term partnerships with Bouygues Telecom, Canal+, Free, O2, SFR, Tango, Telus, Three and Vodafone.

Chartbeat, the content intelligence platform for publishers, empowers media companies to build loyal audiences with real-time and historical editorial analytics across desktop, social, and mobile platforms. Chartbeat helps digital publishing organizations understand what, within their content, is keeping people engaged. Partnering with over 60,000 media brands across 60+ countries, Chartbeat’s real-time and historical dashboards, in-depth headline testing and in-page optimization toolsrobust reporting, and more help the world’s leading media organizations understand, measure, and build business value from the attention earned by their written and video content.

Formed with the overriding objective to improve on existing technologies available to the market, our mission is to offer our clients a different approach to creating software for industries that are used to the same solutions from the same companies. The DATA GROUP SOLUTIONS (DGS) team consists of specialists from a wide background whose experience goes back over several years. We strive to pinpoint the pain points and rethink the industry boundaries from ‘outside-in’ rather than ‘inside-out’. We are customer-driven not product-driven and our focus is on the development of innovative platforms that process information into measured, affordable and uncomplicated solutions whilst simultaneously introducing new ideas into a fast-changing market.

ConceptQR is the latest software platform from Data Group Solutions that revolutionises publications creating a  print-digital experience for readers through unique dynamic QR Codes.

Dotdash Meredith is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith’s over 40 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, Food & Wine, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, and Southern Living.

FT Strategies is the digital growth consultancy from the Financial Times. Staffed by the experts who successfully transformed the FT’s business model in the face of disruption, FT Strategies work with media and publishing organisations worldwide, helping them increase recurring revenue, grow subscriptions, build engagement, transform digitally, and thrive in the digital economy.

Glide Publishing Platform is the cloud-native SaaS for publishers and content teams which removes the need for back-end CMS developers and frees you to make new products and launches much faster. No costly bespoking and wasteful back-end development, or any need to rebuild generic CMS into what you actually need. Instead, just get moving forward with the headless CMS that cuts your costs and shortens your delivery times.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Google Cloud, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people.

With the Google News Initiative, established in 2018, we aim to work closely with Publishers and Journalists to enable and accelerate the long-term, digital transformation of the news ecosystem.

InsurAds, is at the Heart of the Attention Economy. We have created the World’s 1st Attention Management Cloud Platform-as-a-Service, creating Live Audiences and connecting over 1,5 Billion Monthly Users Worldwide by helping over 500 Publishers Partners to Control, Manage and Monetize their Digital properties Users Attention Time, all this while guaranteeing our publishers Advertisers that their Ads had the Opportunity to be seen the time they want, not just in-view for 1 second.

Now, premiering at the Mx3 Berlin, the GXI metric (Guaranteed eXposure Impression with CPM Duration Weighting) and the World’s 1st Insurance for Digital Advertisement.

A modern CMS custom-built for the media industry. Labrador CMS is a cloud solution for professional newsrooms that grow fast. It is tailored for high-traffic online newspapers, magazines, and TV stations. You can integrate it with your favorite paywall, and we will transfer all your existing content, including backlinks. Labrador CMS supports a Beyond Headless approach, where you can combine headless techniques with the built-in rendering engine. This unique approach allows for maximum development speed, and lower costs while maintaining full flexibility when needed. Thousands of professional reporters use Labrador every day. They love it.

MagsBC not only offers its 52 BC-based member publications benefits such as internship subsidies–which has seen the majority of interns hired over the last 3 years being from equity-seeking groups–it encourages ethical journalism through its membership requirements, and supports the BC magazine industry as a whole through professional development, advocacy, assistance with grants, and other services.

Magazines Canada is the national association representing Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumers, cultural, specialty, professional and business magazines. French, English, Indigenous and ethnic member titles cover a wide range of interests, trades and communities across the country and across multiple platforms. Topics include arts and culture, business and professional, lifestyle and food, news and politics, sports and leisure, women and youth. The association serves Canadian magazines through the core services of government affairs, retail distribution, professional development and research.

Mather is a global leader in subscription management and customer data analytics. We provide turn-key analytics services that solve complex problems for our clients. Our unique value proposition enables fast, economical, and verifiable return on investment through our efficient application of predictive analytics, A/B testing, and data science.
Mather helps develop fact-based strategies with our clients, and we help implement those strategies with analytics-as-a-service offerings that augment our client’s capabilities. Our recommendations are supported by our knowledge of best practices, benchmarks, and the latest thought leadership.

Paperview opens a new revenue stream for online Publishers. Paperview empowers Publishers’ building of stronger ties with readers by offering an array of simple and affordable ways to consume protected content.The full array of monetization options includes selling editions, sections, authors, single articles and subscriptions of any kind or duration. The long missing impulse purchases, finally! Paperview has no adoption or maintenance costs, and it is available to large newspapers and bloggers alike. Setup is minimal for both. Paperview contributes to raise online publishing’s global market value, helps fight false information and illegal sharing, helps the free and independent press regain financial viability and fight information inequality.

Poool is The Membership & Subscription Suite. The simple, all-in-one audience conversion, management & retention platform to turn content into business.

Press Gazette started in 1965 as a trade journal for journalists and editors across the UK but has evolved into an online source for media leaders covering all sectors of the global news and media industries, from the national and regional press (both in print and online) to radio, TV, digital, B2B and consumer magazines. It also writes on media law and media technology and publishes journalism jobs. As well as all the essential news, Press Gazette’s content pillars include: audience and business data, platforms and their relationships with publishers, interviews with media bosses and others who are working to create a sustainable future for media, and the weekly podcast The Future of Media Explained. Press Gazette reaches more than 350,000 readers a month via, and a further 20,000 subscribers through its daily and weekly newsletters. Press Gazette’s events include the British Journalism Awards, which have been running for 11 years and are the only event to cover every sector of the UK news industry. More recently the Future of Media Technology Conference and Awards, The Media 100 Networking event for C level decision makers as well as The Future of Media Trends roundtables have all launched. In 2022 Press Gazette’s events attracted more than 1,000 senior industry leaders, management and teams across leadership, ops, product, revenue, marketing, digital, content, data, insight audience and tech at every major publisher and media group across the UK, US and beyond.

PressReader is the best place to read thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the globe. Subscribers get access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top publications as soon as they’re available on shelves. And, we pay publishers fairly for all that content. Your subscription helps support the production of quality journalism, both internationally and locally.

Launch deeply engaging mobile apps and beautifully curated archives with Pugpig, the publishing platform that powers the world’s leading media brands. We build beautiful mobile products for publishers such as Conde Nast, Hearst Magazines, Future PLC, The Independent and The Spectator that increase engagement and drive up reader revenue. Rethink your app strategy and retain your most loyal readers with Pugpig.

Content curation & distribution platform

The Content Exchange is a one-stop platform to source quality stories from top publishers around the world. As a global leader in content syndication, TCE works with over 85 publishers and houses almost 500.000 stories in 29 different languages offering something for everyone. With decades of experience in content production and distribution TCE’s team brings a holistic comprehension of content licensing.

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We make the internet better with consultative creative and engineering services, innovative tools, and dependable products that take the pain out of content creation and management, in service of digital experiences that advance business and marketing objectives. We’re a group of people built to solve problems, made to create, wired to delight.

A customer-centric service model that covers every base, unrivaled leadership and investment in open platforms and tools for digital makers and content creators, and a forward-looking remote work culture make for a refreshing agency experience.

With ~200 experts in digital strategy and management, software engineering, user experience and interactive design, cloud infrastructure, and audience and revenue optimization, we’re big enough to conquer any challenge, and small enough to care. Cross-discipline teams of 6-8 specialists organize around qualified project and product managers, putting customer delivery front and center. Whether your ads are down, your visitor bounce rate is up, or your database server is sideways, we’re a partner who never says, “We don’t know how to help,” and can always say, “The President would be happy to speak with you.”

UPM Communication Papers is the world’s leading producer of graphic papers, offering an extensive product range for advertising and publishing as well as home and office uses. The high performing papers and service concepts of UPM add value to our customers’ businesses, while actively fulfilling demanding environmental and social responsibility criteria. With headquarters in Germany, UPM Communication Papers employs approximately 6,500 people.

Wright’s Media is the leading, global commerce content and accolade licensing agency.  We help guide the largest publishers and media companies on how to monetize their content through developing cutting edge licensing programs.

About / Us.

Co-founded by Cobus Heyl and John Schlaefli, Di5rupt (“disrupt”) is a startup but its portfolio includes brands stretching back almost a century.

In June 2022, we organised, hosted and sold out the 44th FIPP World Media Congress on license for the first time. Also in June, we launched our first proprietary product in conjunction with World News Media Network – a seminar on First-Party Data Strategies. Our second wholly-owned is Media Makers Meet (Mx3 Berlin), which focuses on innovation in B2B as special interest media verticals.

We further provide content, commercial and marketing services to 3rd parties such as for the FIPP – Connecting Global Media’s Insider events (international speaker acquisition and sponsorship sales) and Google and FT Strategies’ digital immersion weeks.

With direct access to multiple media and tech experts around the world, Di5rupt taps into an extensive knowledge ecosystem in developing and delivering its product and service portfolio. 

Based in the United Kingdom, Di5rupt operates across international markets.

Cobus Heyl
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Focus areas:
General management
Content & Marketing

John Schlaefli
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Focus areas:
General management
Commercial sales
Strategic partnerships

Ces Jyrwa
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Focus areas:
Speaker management
Updating conference site/s
Social media posts and monitoring

Carlotta Serantoni
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Focus areas:
Partnership sales
Publisher partnerships

Bastian Schwithal
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Focus areas:
Di5rupt Entrepreneur-in-Residence: DACH region