Craigslist Founder to Headline GALA 2009
He is known as 'the wizard of local' and as one of the few true Internet innovators. And he will speak at GALA's first ever conference this September 14 - 16. Who is he? Craig Newmark, the founder and chairman of Craigslist, one of the top ten Interent companies in the world. At "GALA 2009: The Language of Business. The Business of Language." he will discuss the future of online community and commerce.
Newmark started Craigslist in his bedroom as a simple email exchange service, and now the site attracts 10+billion page views per month and 35 million visitors from more than 550 cities and 55 countries per month. In 2008, Newmark was named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by BusinessWeek magazine.
Craigslist is now the world’s largest centralized network for worldwide urban and regional communities featuring classified advertisements with discussion boards. Its success is built on Newmark’s pledge to serve the needs of users. Newmark believes the secret to Craigslist’s success is listening hard, following through and doing what people need the site to do. In fact, he still works as a customer service representative for the company, making sure that the users of the site are always put first.
GALA 2009 will be held 14 – 16 September 2009 at the J.W. Marriott in Cancun, Mexico and will provide GALA members and industry professionals with language technology education, training and networking opportunities unparalleled in the localization and translation industry.
GALA 2009 attendees will hear Newmark’s secrets for effective internet marketing and customer service. “We are committed to creating a great meeting with many educational opportunities for localization and translation professionals,” said Jim Hollan, executive director of GALA. “Craig Newmark will offer invaluable insight that will help participants think out of the box in their own marketing and customer service activities. At the very least I am interested in the experiences and opinions of someone who has actually done it. I think we all can learn a lot from the Craigslist experience.”