Q-and-A with craigslist founder Craig Newmark

From email list to online listings empire

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.