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