Craig of Craigslist interview

Note: This is an old post in a blog with a lot of posts. The world has changed, technologies have changed, and I've changed. It's likely this is out of date and not representative. Let me know if you think this is something that needs updating.

There's a great interview with Craig of Craigslist here at Wired Magazine. I have to say that after reading the interview, I'm really psyched the guy exists. From a selfish perspective, Craigslist is the glue that binds huge parts of my life and makes certain things infinitely easier to do. Through it I've met other people (like, for example, my current girlfriend who used Craigslist to find the room my brother used to live in); I've bought and sold stuff; I've done research on stuff; friends have bought furniture and advertised venues; ... He has single-handedly affected my life in great positive ways.

Anyhow, so I really like Craigslist and really appreciate that it's there. It provides community for us folks who move around a lot and don't have contacts and friends everywhere. It's a great service to people.

Having said all that, I'm filled with trepidation. I'm afraid that even though he's said all these wonderful things and I've never seen evidence that the things he's said in this interview are false, I can't bring myself to believe the statements. I half expect him to sell the shares anyhow. If everything Craig said is true--both today and tomorrow--then he is definitely the exception and not the rule.

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