Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark Added Radio Ink Convergence Conference

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Craig Newmark, founder of the hugely successful craigslist network of community website, will appear in a one-on-one conversation with Radio Ink Publisher B. Eric Rhoads at Radio Ink's Convergence '09 conference, set for February 9-10, 2009, at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA.

Internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, founder of the craigslist network of community website, has joined the lineup at Radio Ink's Convergence '09 conference, set for February 9-10, 2009 in San Jose, CA (

Newmark launched craigslist as a subscriber-based community in late 1995, and, as of August 2008, it had grown to more than 570 city sites in over 50 countries. With more than 50 million unique community members worldwide, the craigslist network records more than 12 billion page views every month. And craigslist has changed the face of the media industry, devastating newspapers as it takes over classified advertising, formerly newspapers' leading source of revenue.

Newmark is a respected authority on new media who served as a technology adviser for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, the most technology-driven campaign in history. Business Week lists Newmark as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web, and Inc. magazine calls him one of the 26 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs. He's also a much sought-after and tough-to-get speaker, and at Convergence, he'll be discussing the future of the Internet, and of all media and advertising, before an audience of top radio-industry professionals.

Newmark joins a Convergence '09 lineup that also includes Silicon Valley icon Guy Kawasaki; Hitview Chief Creative Officer Caitlin Hill, also known as YouTube star TheHill88; Joe Kennedy, CEO of respected and successful pure-play webcaster Pandora; and Gordon Borrell, head of Borrell & Associates and a nationally known media expert.

Radio Ink Publisher B. Eric Rhoads said, "We hold this conference in Silicon Valley to give us access to speakers like Craig and Guy and other great 'Net icons, who we otherwise would not have access to. We're thrilled to have Craig give his take on the future of the 'Net."

For more information and registration for Radio Ink's Convergence '09, call 561-655-8778 or visit

About Convergence '09
Radio Ink's Convergence conference, held each year in San Jose in the heart of the Silicon Valley, gathers the best minds from inside and outside the radio industry to discuss new media and technology, covering practical applications and ideas as well as information to change radio's thinking about developing, marketing, and managing digital platforms for increased revenue and audience growth. The theme of Convergence '09 is "Mind Shift," and the event is designed to offer a clear picture of the strategic changes necessary to advance radio's media platform and how to implement those changes. For more information, call 561-655-8778 or visit

About Radio Ink
Radio Ink is a leading radio broadcast trade publication, providing news, information, and commentary to radio sales and management professionals in the United States and 43 countries worldwide. The bi-weekly magazine focuses on marketing, management, and the multi-platform challenges facing radio broadcasters today. The publication has also created several annual "gold standard" lists, including the "40 Most Powerful People in Radio," the "Most Influential Women in Radio (MIWs)" "Radio Wayne," and Hispanic radio's "Medallas de Cortez" awards. Radio Ink reaches more than 25,000 radio executives with a daily headlines e-mail and news updated throughout the day at and provides two target-specific weekly e-newsletters, Hispanic Radio Weekly ( and Convergence Weekly (


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