Today I asked Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist.org some quick fire questions to get to know more about the man behind the website! Craigslist is currently the 49th most visited website in the world according to Alexa and offers classified listings around the world.
First off – can we have a little background information on you Craig – Where you live? How old you are? What motivates you? What inspires you?
Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco and I am 56 years old. Well, a guy said “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” People use the Net to make that real, and I want to participate, the trend needs nurturing and protection.
Why did you launch Craigslist? Where are you at now with Craigslist?
After seeing a lot of people help others via the Net, I decided that I should also help out.
You have inspired so many programmers to work on their own projects, what advice would you give to a programmer to take action and create something amazing?
Join an existing effort, Sunlight Foundation is a great example.
I also understand that you are more about helping people and causes then making money, how has running one of the worlds largest website’s allowed you to help others? Also, any causes you would like to mention that you have helped or believe in?
The site helps by helping others help others. It’s given me a bit of a bully pulpit to support people doing great work, like IAVA.org, Sunlight, Kiva, donorschoose.org, and other causes using the net.
The Internet allows you to live a different style of life, what do you love most about being a Internet Entrepreneur?
I’m pretty mobile, working wherever I can get on the Net.
Do you think that entrepreneurialism is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?
No, I’m an accidental entrepreneur, but I did have the sense to know when it was time to get out of the way and let someone else with the skill manage and that’s our ceo Jim Buckmaster. Jim’s much more of a natural.
Is there anyone that you look up to and model yourself on?
Homer J. Simpson, George Canstanza
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Use my sense of humor.
How many hours do you work daily and what are your daily tasks for your sites?
Hard to say, very irregular eight am to eleven pm schedule every day, time off as needed.
What do you like best about the Internet?
Everyone can participate.
What do you like least about the Internet?
I understand you really like animals, tell us what you like about them and your interest such as urban bird watching
For reasons unknown, I love nature, when it makes itself convenient.
Where do you think the internet will be in the next 10 years?
Ubiquitous, delivered by smart phones.