2020 was a rollercoaster ride for the publishing industry globally, and no doubt for you as authors and publishers.
That’s certainly been the case for all of us at StreetLib: We started the year with big plans to kickstart the new decade, only to have our roadmap torn to shreds as Italy became the frontline of what quickly became a global pandemic.
As we closed 2020, there would be a lot to be said about what happened during the last twelve months in the media landscape. As an industry, we definitely had five-years-progress in terms of digital content awareness and consumption… there are plenty of articles and interviews out there about this topic, so that’s all I would say about that. …
November marked my first full year as the new CEO of StreetLib, and as we close 2019 and prepare to start not just a new year but a new decade, I’m taking time out to review where we are today, and what my aspirations are for the company in 2020 and beyond.
Note I say aspirations, not plans, and that’s because publishing is still in a transitional stage where things have, are and will change fast as new technologies and new opportunities evolve, and old ones fall by the wayside. …
(This speech was presented by Giacomo D’Angelo at the IPA Annual Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 14, 2019)
I’m Giacomo D’Angelo, CEO at StreetLib.com.
First, I want to thank you the International Publishers Association and the Kenyan Publishers Association for the invitation. I am really honored to be here today, thanks for having me.
I grew up in Italy, lucky enough to be surrounded by books, and got my first computer when I was 12. My career as a software developer was set in motion as I discovered the internet.
(A seguire la versione in Italiano)
I’m starting a new and exciting chapter and I can’t resist sharing some of the details with all of you…
A few days ago I was appointed the new StreetLib SRL CEO :)
I had been working at StreetLib for many years… until July 2018. I started as Software Developer, then I was CTO, and, eventually, CEO and Founder of StreetLib USA, the successful American branch, located in New York City.
StreetLib, don’t forget, is one of the coolest companies in Digital Publishing. …
Unfortunately, I no longer work at StreetLib.
Yeah, it’s been an intense experience. I learned a lot in nine years. I worked on many different and exciting projects. I changed my professional hat many times with all my enthusiasm and energy, and I met many great people from around the world who taught me invaluable things.
I owe a big thanks to all of them. To all my customers, colleagues, partners, and everybody who trusted me in many years.
In particular, I owe a special thanks to my team: Thank you, guys, I couldn’t have accomplished anything without you. …
And opening doors for everybody: we’re opening access to distribution, access to publishing professionals, and access to the fantastic privilege of working in book publishing
Exactly two years ago I arrived in New York City to set up StreetLib USA, our American branch, with the aim to expand our business in North America and continue building our global platform to enable more and more people to participate in what we called The Renaissance of Publishing.
Starting from scratch, I learned a lot. Today I sometimes feel I didn’t know anything before moving here. …
A few days ago, I attended the opening session of the second round of the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) in New York City:
As journalists and diplomats came to me after the session to know more about my first-hand experience with the program, I realized that it’s already been 5 super-intense months since I started! So, I think it’s time to tell you more about this program, what it means to me, and why all this has been very important for the growth of the StreetLib project.
IN2NYC is a City-led program that helps international entrepreneurs expand or relocate their businesses to New York City by facilitating collaborative partnerships that qualify them for cap-exempt H-1B visas. The application for the second year is now open until 14th November 2017, and I really encourage all you brave entrepreneurs out there to seize this opportunity. …
A very short story on digital rights management:
I, the content provider (= the entertainment company, such as a book publishing house or film studio or a music label), don’t entirely trust you, my customer.
I, the content provider, have leverage with the content distributors (= the tech companies), because they cannot legally distribute my copyrighted content to you without my permission.
I, the content provider, want your money. And you won’t pay me unless I give you my content, so I came up with an idea: I’ll use my leverage with the content distributors and force them to implement some technical hacks. …
Before I start, you should know: I have a 100 years forward vision for the publishing industry.
It’s not something I envisioned overnight. It’s the result of the work I’ve been doing for almost 10 years with the great people I luckily met along my path.
I’m not a visionary. I’ve always thought that the ability to innovate and to be creative are teachable. The more you study and work, the more you’ll be able to create innovative things. And I’m happy to agree with Andrew Ng on that.
The picture I have in mind is this: in 100 years the publishing landscape will be like a software infrastructure where the contents will flow from writers to readers, and the other way around, following the least arduous path. …