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THE founders of LinkedIn and Youtube have been confirmed as speakers at the Dublin Web Summit — Ireland’s largest tech event.

Last year the two-day event attracted the founders of Twitter and Skype.

This year Jawed Karim will attend. He was just 26 in 2005, when he co-founded video-sharing website, Youtube with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Mr Karim met the other two founders while they were working in PayPal.

In 2006, when Youtube was sold, Karim earned over $65m (€46m) from his sale of stock. He has since gone on to launch a successful venture fund — Youniversity Ventures.

Joining Mr Karim is Eric Ly, the technical force behind LinkedIn. Ly is a co-founder of LinkedIn and as the social network’s founding chief technical officer developed LinkedIn’s core features. Ly is also a founder of Presdo, the conference networking application that’s being used by Dublin Web Summit.

Web Summit founder, Paddy Cosgrave said: "Jawed and Eric have been behind two of the internet’s juggernauts. It’ll be fascinating to get an insight into how both these products have developed, particularly because they’re used by hundreds of millions of people daily.

"Youtube and LinkedIn have infiltrated our web time like few other sites."

Tickets for Dublin Web Summit, which takes place in the RDS on 27 and 28 will be available on Tuesday of next week at Dublinwebsummit.com. Around 1,000 people attended the last summit in June and it is expected that a similar number will attend this year.

 

This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Friday, July 22, 2011