The founders of YouTube, Skype, Bebo and Twitter will come together in Dublin, with over 100 other web innovators, investors, academics and social entrepreneurs at a meeting called Founders.
Chad Hurley (YouTube), Niklas Zennstrom (Skype), Michael Birch (Bebo) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter) will amongst the world’s most influential, successful and most promising internet venture founder present at the event.
Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, Goldman Sachs International chairman Peter Sutherland and the World Bank’s chief economist Dr Justin Lin will also speak during the conference.
Running concurrently is Dublin Web Summit. YouTube chief executive, Chad Hurley, Twitter inventor, Jack Dorsey and Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom will also speak at this event. This is the fourth Dublin Web Summit since November 2009.
These two, Dublin-based events, were created by Paddy Cosgrave. He was inspired by the networking events in Silicon Valley and persuaded Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Californian investor Tim Draper to speak at Trinity College, Dublin back in 2009.
This is Cosgrave’s first time to host the Founders event. He said the event includes “the fastest growing companies of the 21st century”.
Surprisingly, despite the fact that many attending the events are multimillionaires the majority are under the age of 40.
Although technology will be the main focus of panel discussions over the weekend the Founders will also discuss the world economy and educational opportunities for the socially disadvantaged.
However, speaking to the Irish Times, Cosgrove was keen to be realistic about these key innovators attendance at the conferences. He said “It would be very naive and wrong to suggest that the presence of the these guys in the country would directly lead to the creation of new jobs.”
The talks and panel discussions will be spread over three days but the Founders will also get a chance to enjoy Dublin with a pub crawl, a tour of Jameson whiskey distillery and dinner at the Guinness Storehouse all on their agenda.
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