NEW YORK, May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
"New York is the city of cities, where we want to spend two days sharpening the senses and creating new insights with DLD," host Steffi Czerny explained yesterday at the opening of the second DLD conference on the American east coast. Transatlantic dialogue must remain vibrant and productive, particularly in light of current discussions regarding data protection and standardised conditions for international companies.
On the first day of the conference, many participants also concentrated on questions of location. In conversation with Burda board member Stefan Winners, serial entrepreneur Kevin Ryan explained that he has always founded his companies in New York for the simple reason that he wants to live there. In Europe, Scandinavia and Germany would offer better conditions for businesspeople than France, for example. For the USA, Gary Shapiro from the Consumer Electronics Show demonstrated why Utah, Virginia and North Carolina are the states most supportive of innovation, rather than California or New York. Ron Huldai, Tel Aviv's mayor, was invited by patron Yossi Vardi to explain how he has facilitated a vibrant start-up culture in his city: "free WiFi, free tablets, free coffee".
First-day speakers also included Sean Rad, founder of the dating service Tinder, who explained why he is withdrawing from the higher ranks of his company and his plans to concentrate on product development in future. Zach Sims (Codecademy) showed how easy it is to learn coding and world chess champion Magnus Carlsen explained what goes through his mind when he plays. He recommends physical fitness to avoid simple errors.
Guests rounded off the evening in the atmospheric beer garden at the Standard Hotel in the popular Meatpacking District. In addition to Bavarian delicacies, Steffi Czerny could not resist flying in a brass band from Tegernsee, Germany specially for the occasion.
The second day of DLDnyc (Thursday) will welcome guests such as Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief and president of Huffington Post. Ben Rubin, founder of the popular Meerkat video app, will talk about "Spontaneous Togetherness" and Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Harvard Law School, will take to the DLD stage with Anke Domscheit-Berg, feminist and frontwoman of the digital scene.
The second day of the conference will also be streamed live. For more information on this, the speakers and topics at DLDnyc, visit http://dld-conference.com/. Royalty-free images are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hubertburdamedia.
DLD is the international conference and innovation platform of Hubert Burda Media. DLD Media organises DLD (Europe's leading digital conference) in Munich, the DLDwomen conference, DLD New York City, DLD Tel Aviv and international network events in cities such as Palo Alto, New York, London, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. It is managed by Stephanie Czerny, one of the co-founders of the DLD conference back in 2005. Speakers at previous DLD events include Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google), Sean Parker (Napster), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!), Nobel Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari, Princeton Professor Dan Kahneman, bestselling authors Deepak Chopra and Paulo Coelho, and architects Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas.
About Hubert Burda Media:
With over 400 print and digital consumer brands, Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany's largest media groups and, with a strong focus on its digital portfolio and the international media market, has been growing for some years. The company is both driven by innovation and rooted in the values of a family enterprise. The group publishes more than 320 magazines around the world. In the digital field, Burda bundles successful and growing companies such as e-commerce and marketing platforms, recommendation and agency portals and social media cooperations. Burda has 165 million users, around 40 million paying customers and 43,000 advertisers. Its success is due to its around 10,000 employees all over the world: Burda is active in 19 markets, predominantly Germany, Europe, Asia and America.
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