Craig Newmark is the soft-spoken man behind the nationwide network of online community sites known as craigslist, which feature back-to-basics, bulletin-style classifieds, as well as community discussion boards. The sites have made a mark on real estate, with more brokers and agents using them as another place on the Web to expose their listings, and more consumers turning to the Internet for real estate information. Newmark founded the first craigslist site in San Francisco in 1995, and now serves as chief customer service representative for the online community. He will speak during Real Estate Connect in San Francisco, Aug. 1-3, 2007. Here are his answers to a set of questions posed by Inman News: What was your first job? Advanced tech development at IBM in Boca Raton, '76. If I was smarter I would've pushed much harder for Unix on the Series/1, the minicomputer produced there. What sparked the idea to start craigslist? In '94, seeing lots of people helping each other out. What's b...
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