Craig Newmark, Creator & Director, Craig's List
7th February 2006
have made a ton of progress since our last interview
in November 2003. What has really taken Craig's
List to new levels in the past few years?
continuous slow growth, plodding away, we're not
the hare, we're the tortoise.
did you roll out the international expansion?
we got requests for various cities, we started
overseas in September of '04.
the biggest compliment you ever received?
the NY Times, Penelope Green said that "craigslist
is a marketplace in the ancient sense, chaotic,
unrule, and vividly human".
the biggest challenges you constantly face?
keep listening to people, tough choices to make
regarding charging apartment brokers in New York
the business model, and the new changes you are
implementing? (paid listings? etc)
model? We asked, and people told us to "charge
people who'd otherwise be paying more for less
effective ads." consensus was to charge for
jobs and real estate/apartments available. Considering
charging for rental listings in NYC, also job
ads in Boston,
Washington, et al.
many media interviews do you do per year?
200-300, including student journalists, people
starting blogs, etc.
will you retire and enjoy the hard work you have
been putting in?
be doing customer service only as long as I live;
after that, its' over.
plans for Australia do you have?
other business ventures do you have on the go
that you would like our readers to know about?
re craigslist, but I'm working with people advancing
helping Jeff Jarvis and Upendra Shardanand with
tech to help people locate the most trustworthy
versions of stories.
working with investigative journalists, like the
Center for Public Integrity (publicintegrity.org)
to build tools to locate shady US
and I'd like to be funnier
is your motto?
from Leonard Cohen would do
the next big thing?
sites enabling their community to run the sites,
note: Craig's List is going to be one to watch
this year, and well into the future. Media Man
Australia is collaborating and working with some
of new media greatest's talents in 2006, and we
are delighted to bring this interview to you.
- 24th November 2003