Startup Stories - Zac Zavos (Conversant Media)

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 08:00 am — Thursday, 18 October 2018, 09:00 am

Location: I2N Hub Hunter Street, 376 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Zac Zavos

Founded in 2004, Zac Zavos and his brother, Zolton, never thought their newsletter would gain such popularity. Lost At E Minor quickly picked up subscriptions before becoming a website and by 2007, the website grew enough to give the two confidence to branch out and launch The Roar, a mix of news and opinion that blends expert columnists and amateurs, and Techly, the young Australian's unique blend of tech, lifestyle and opinion.

Conversant Media continued to grow, employing 20 people, reaching 4 million unique visitors, receiving 70,000 comments and 900 audience article submissions monthly. Their growth and reach did not go unnoticed, and in 2016 was acquired by APN News & Media for $11.6 million and subsequently was rebranded to HT&E. Zac has been instrumental in growing engaged digital audiences, and early on pivoted Conversant Media toward a video-first strategy, keep the agile media content firm well positioned in the current digital market.

Zac was named one of Sydney’s 100 Creative Catalysts by Vivid Sydney in 2009 and 2010, and has participated as a board member for Renew Newcastle. Join us for Startup Stories to hear Zac’s exciting journey through the media landscape and what he’s currently pursuing since his exit from HT&E.

Event is free but bookings essential - book here.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 8am at the University of Newcastle's coworking space I2N Hub Hunter Street. Startup founders talk candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region. #i2nStartupStories

Program Partners

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.