Thursday, June 12, 2008

Craig Newmark "Fireside Chat," from TieCon East

Last month, I had the chance to interview Craigslist founder Craig Newmark in front of a great big audience at the annual TieCon East entrepreneurship conference.

Craig was hugely entertaining -- he's a witty, code-writin' blend of Woody Allen, Oscar Wilde, and Groucho Marx.

Here's a podcast (in mp3 form) of the event, just posted to

We talk about:

    - Craig's pre-Craigslist career
    - How any why he started Craigslist
    - His shortcomings as a manager, and hiring Jim Buckmaster to be CEO of Craigslist
    - Whether he posts things on Craigslist
    - How Craigslist's unique culture spread around the globe
    - Why the company doesn't try to make more money from the site
    - What he does as a "customer service rep"
    - Craigslist's tempestuous relationship with eBay, which owns 28 percent of the company
    - Craig's views on the future of journalism
    - Whether he gets a newspaper at home
    - How he answers his e-mail so quickly
    - Politics (he's an Obama man)
    - His future

(Update #1: TIE has just put up a short video clip from the conversation.)

(Update #2: Here's my Sunday Globe column on Newmark and the growth of Craigslist.)

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Blogger Gary Baumgarten said...

Craig Newmark will be my guest on News Talk Online on Monday June 23 at 5 PM New York time.

To talk or listen to Newmark please go to my blog, and click on the link to the show.

June 21, 2008 10:28 AM  

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