Craigslist founder to address Dublin Web Summit 2.0

14 Jan 2010

The founder of the world’s largest classifieds website, Craigslist, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Dublin Web Summit 2.0 in early February.

Craig Newmark is founder of Craigslist, which is generally regarded as the website that fundamentally reinvented the classified advertising business model. The site, which had an estimated turnover of US$100 million in 2009, now receives more traffic than either eBay or Amazon, attracting 47 million unique visitors per month.

Matt Mullenweg, the founder of content management system WordPress, which powers more than 202 million websites worldwide, will also speak at the event in Trinity College Dublin.

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WordPress will power the Dublin Web Summit 2.0 website, and is used by CNN, the New York Times and Yahoo. In October 2009, attracted 151 million unique visitors.

Newmark and Mullenweg, who are regular keynote speakers at the world’s largest technology conferences, will be talking about their experiences in scaling their companies, which have had huge impacts on global commerce, the media and communication.

The event will also feature talks by Chris Horn, co-founder and former CEO of Iona Technologies, which had the fifth-largest IPO in Nasdaq history, and Ben Hammersley, Wired magazine’s editor-at-large. 

A panel of Irish technology entrepreneurs will also participate in a panel discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship in Ireland.

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Attendees already registered for the event are a who’s who of the Irish tech scene, including Dylan Collins, CEO, Jolt Gaming; Caelen King, CEO, RevaHealth; and Patrick Holohan, CEO, NewBay.

“The Dublin Web Summit is a must-see event for anyone in the Irish technology industry or with an interest in how Web 2.0 has fundamentally changed the world of commerce,” said Dublin Web Summit 2.0 organiser Paddy Cosgrave.

“People will be able to hear the story of websites like Craigslist, which, despite only employing 30 people, attracts more traffic than eBay or Amazon. 

The Dublin Web Summit 2.0 takes place on 4 February in the Edward Burke Theatre at Trinity College Dublin.

The conference will be followed by a post-event networking event, where the 360 present at the summit will be able to meet fellow attendees, enjoy a drink, and exchange business cards.

Photo: Craigslist founder Craig Newmark

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