Editor’s note: Taylor Barr, a communications associate at e-mail marketing firm iContact in Durham, journeyed to Paris on Dec. 9-10 to take part in the “Le Web “ conference. One of the largest Internet conferences in all Europe, Le Web is meant to attract innovators, entrepreneurs, and an array of people who are passionate about the future of the Internet, and how it will change the way people work and communicate. Taylor, on behalf of iContact, went to speak with others about how e-mail marketing will play a major role in the future of online business.

PARIS – Near the final day of the LeWeb Conference, Gary Vaynerchuk, well known for taking his wine business from $1 million to $16 million in revenue, spoke passionately to entrepreneurs on starting and taking action in global business.

Gary noted: "One of the only ways to grow a fundamentally sound business is if you love and listen to your customers. Without that strong relationship, you have absolutely nothing."

Another fascinating speaker who closed the conference was Creative Common’s CEO, Joichi Ito.

Creative Commons, the company he started eight months ago, allows authors, scientists, artists, and educators to easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. On stage, Joichi presented great stories on how to harvest the power of others and create work that is mutually copy written.

Overall, the Le Web Conference was an absolute success. With the tax limitations put on entrepreneurs and the hard struggle to find funding in years past, European entrepreneurs seemed revived by the activities, speakers, and ideas. The event further proved that theirs is great success in e-commerce and the future of online business.