Interview with Craig Newmark – The People Person

From teenagers to senior citizens, it seems like everyone nowadays is using Craigslist. Craig Newman describes the phenomenon that is Craigslist as a “happy accident”. While that may be true, what is no “accident” is the fact that [pqr]Craig is hands down, one of the nicest, most humble guys you will ever meet[/pqr].

He truly is, along with his site, an enigma of sorts. How can a site that is free be so successful? How can someone so successful remain so generous and down to earth? Craig’s mentality is far different than what is the norm – something we all can imitate.


The Interview


Craig Newmark

Name: Craig Newmark
Born: December 6, 1952 (age 55) Morristown, New Jersey

Baby Craig

What are are your nicknames and why did you receive them?::

No nickname, but people now kid me that I can go around with only the single name “Craig”.

What items do you always carry with you?::

Phone, pedometer, wallet, keys, the usual.

What challenges do you face in your line of work, and have you ever felt like giving up?::

For the most part, customer service is okay, but sometimes people are pretty abusive. No interest, though, in giving up.

What does your work environment look like?::

Craig's Workspace

What do you consider greatest failure and why?::

In the past, taken far too long to get out of denial.

What do you consider your greatest achievement and why?::

Craigslist, it has helped a lot of people.

Who (and or what) inspires, motivates you?::

What are the most important things you have learned in your life so far?::

Treat others like how you want to be treated.

Do you have any favorite quotes, pictures, internet links that you would like to share?::

  • “Brevity is the soul of wit.” – Shakespeare
  • “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise, they’ll kill you.” -Oscar Wilde

What are your strengths and weaknesses?::

I’m persistent, but try too hard to be funny.

What are you goals for the future?::

Enough sleep.


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“Craig Newmark – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia” [Online]



5 thoughts on “Interview with Craig Newmark – The People Person

  1. Justin Hernandez Post author

    Chris….wow very spirited comment. However, I think the key here is balance.

    1. Craig is not a rich man.
    2. He really wants to help others
    3. CL does provide a good free medium to help people sell things. I’ve personally sold a couple items, gave away some weights for free, found an apartment and some programming gigs.
    4. CL is based in San Fran – a city known for it’s liberal and ‘progressive’ stance.

    In any community (online or off) you will find bad apples – locations, families, individuals. Garbage exists all over – but only if you look for it. Basically it provides a service for what people want. That’s it. Unfortunately people desire some unsavory things.

    Don’t be blind to the bad but at the same time don’t deny the good that has come from CL. CL has adult areas but only if you go looking for them. I can understand totally if you have had a personal experience that has changed your viewpoint. However don’t be surprised if others don’t share the same sentiment or view CL as glass half full. 🙂

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  2. Frank

    Craig is a wonderful person and a successful entrepreneur. His creation, the craigslist is an awesome concept which has marked the online classified segment with style. This centralized network of internet communities is a great option for individuals as well as business people to advertise their products and services with ease. Good to know about craig, all at one place.

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