Thursday, June 24, 2021

Michael Serbinis: Go international or go home

It’s important for Canadian digital media companies to think big — think internationally — right out of the box, Michael Serbinis, co-founder of Canadian success story Kobo, told the audience at the Canadian Digital Media Network’s Canada 3.0 conference in Toronto recently.

There’s a $250-billion reading market — newspapers, books, magazines — and two-thirds of that is outside North America, Serbinis said. So Kobo — originally envisioned as a software platform for delivering e-books, not a device to read them on — designed a single international platform, rather than perfecting a North American platform and recreating it for other language and countries. That allows the company to quickly roll out local bookstores, gauge traction, and focus more resources where it’s appropriate, Serbinis said.

Serbinis spoke to IT World Canada in this video interview about the importance of an international presence.

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Dave Webb
Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.

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