Farewell from the 2016 Folio: Show
A note of thanks, and a brief preview of what's to come.
A year ago, the 2015 Folio: Show coincided with my second week as an editor of Folio:. For three days, my head spun as the sharpest minds in an industry I thought was in decline detailed all of the brilliant means through which their companies were adapting to reach readers in more ways — and greater numbers — than ever before.
A year later, the landscape has only become more complicated. Challenges persist and permeate in nearly every aspect and segment of the industry. No longer a spectator, the 2016 edition of the Folio: Show marked my first true foray into programming, executing, and moderating a series of panels at the magazine industry's most comprehensive conference. I cannot overstate how proud I am to be part of the team that pulled it off — truly the product of months of blood, sweat, and tears (perhaps not blood, but you get it).
Of couse, as an editor of a magazine and all the interrelated products attached to it, I'm uniquely fortunate to be able to benefit from the assembled expertise as much as our attendees. If the positive feedback I received on-site was any indication, it seems most of you got as much out of it as I did.
We'll be releasing recaps of several of the sessions over the course of the following week, but a few of my personal highlights included author Douglas Rushkoff pulling no punches in his blistering keynote critique of both the media industry and Silicon Valley, Hearst Magazines president David Carey kicking off the C-Summit by appealing to publishing execs to abandon some of their most deeply held axioms, "Mr. Magazine" Samir Husni's Wednesday afternoon all-star panel with Women's Health's Amy Keller-Laird, Forbes' Randall Lane, and HGTV's Sara Peterson, and, of course, honoring the industry's top stars with the Folio: 100, 30 Under 30, and Eddie & Ozzie Awards.
But as with many of you, tomorrow marks the return to reality. In the coming days, we'll be uploading all of the program's presentations to this website, making them freely available for those who weren't able to attend (or had a few too many mimosas before taking their notes). We'll also be celebrating the full list of Eddie & Ozzie Award winners, as well as publishing brief profiles on all of the 100 and 30 Under 30 honorees.
In the meantime, be sure to check our Facebook page as we continuously upload photos from the conference.
Ideally, you all walked away from the 2016 Folio: Show with too many actionable insights to list here. But if there is one takeaway that encompasses the feeling of this year's event, I submit this: there's never been a more exciting time to work in media.
Thank you all for making the last three days so special. We hope to see you all again next year, and to continue to hear from you in between.