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Mediabistro CEO: 3D Printing Like '90s Internet

Looking around at the companies at the Inside 3D Printing conference this week in New York, Mediabistro Chairman and CEO Alan Meckler says he is reminded of the potential he saw in the Internet in the '90s."When I got into 3D printing, I saw many of the same trappings as the early days of the Internet," says Meckler, whose company organized the conference at New York City's Javits Center. With a recent report from Canalys estimating that 3D printing could swell from a $2-billion to $16-billion industry by 2018, Meckler says he sees a lot of opportunity both for existing companies and startups."It's very exciting," says Meckler.And while Mediabistro and 3D printing may seem like strange bedfellows, Meckler says the conference brings him back to his earlier career building trade shows."I created Internet World in the 1990s, and built it and sold it, and then I created Search Engine Strategies over seven years, and built it and sold that," says Meckler.Meckler has also taken an interest i...

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