Joins E-Commerce Summit

[Rome, ITALY] Ken Rutkowski, the Los Angeles-based host of the daily radio
show, World Technology Roundup, has
joined the international line-up of industry experts slated to participate
in the second annual E-Commerce
, October 4, 5 and 6 at the Rome Airport Hilton.

“Europe has a golden opportunity to develop Internet commerce,” Rutkowski
told Internet News. “The technology, the timing, and the market are prime
for an explosion of Web business. E-Commerce Summit offers a forum for
decision makers to learn and understand the various aspects that will make
this happen.”

The European Economic Commission estimates that e-business revenues in the
region will reach 420 Euro by 2003. This is a significant increase over
the 16.8 Euro of 1999. As a result, new Internet companies are emerging
daily, and more and more investors are looking towards Europe for a share of
the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) growth. This
year’s E-Commerce Summit promises a platform to make these transactions

“Rather than follow the US lead, Europe can study the Internet model
developed in North America and better it – avoiding the pitfalls and errors.
As a result, we should see greater innovation, technology, and e-business
development from Europe in the immediate future.”

The American talk-show host will be Master of Ceremonies for the
“International Program” of the three-day E-Commerce Summit.

In 1994, Rutkowski conducted the weekly radio show, Tech Talk, out of
Chicago. Utilizing this venue, he helped pioneer work by AudioNet, the
forerunner of, and the Progressive Networks (now RealNetworks)
by streaming his computer and technology. In doing so, Rutkowski became the
first radio broadcaster to utilize the Internet for live interactive news
and talk.

E-Commerce Summit is the first of a series of European appearances by the
Internet radio celebrity, who has worked with CNET Radio, Streaming Media
Talk, ABC Nightline, eYada, Yahoo, and MSNBC. Ken will also be
participating in conferences in Amsterdam, London, and other European
capitals throughout the coming year.

“My goal is to expose the world to Internet developments, and technology,”
said Rutkowski. “To do this, I’ll be doing live broadcasts from the
conferences, including E-Commerce Summit. In fact, my new show, E-Files,
through, will be transmitted
live from Rome during the event.”

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