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Q-and-A with craigslist founder Craig Newmark

From email list to online listings empire
Published on Jan 26, 2012

Craigslist.org is one of the most well-known websites on the Internet, yet its founder and namesake Craig Newmark is one of the most unassuming entrepreneurs you'll ever meet. Newmark started an email list back in 1995 to help friends in the San Francisco Bay Area keep track of local events. The list grew to a website that included other categories of information, and by 2000 craigslist started expanding to other areas. Today, the site features listings in more than 50 countries and is a resource for people looking for everything from real estate to child-care services. What most people don't realize is that, while craigslist is run by CEO Jim Buckmaster, Craig continues to work as a customer service representative for the site. He also recently launched an organization called craigconnects to help support nonprofit groups he believes in. The following is a Q-and-A with Newmark: Q: Are you surprised at how successful craigslist has been? A: It's a perpetual su...

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