BBC NEWS -- Jan 13 -- Craigslist now has "well over three billion page views" per month Craig says, which makes it the seventh biggest presence on the internet. His almost anti-profit business employs just 19 people, and is still based in a San Francisco living room. Craigslist is a real and reciprocal online community that is "just trying to give people a break" across the 190 cities it serves. Craigslist nets around $20m a year by charging for job postings in three cities. eBay managed to buy 25% of the company in 2004, when a former employee unilaterally decided to sell his shares. Craig says the unexpected relationship has been beneficial so far. "We try to be driven by the values of the people who use us," he said. With a portion of each site given over to dating, "erotic services" and "casual encounters", it is not hard to see for example, why only Istanbul has joined the Craigslist ranks from the Islamic world. FULL ARTICLE @ BBC NEWS
Mark Brooks: Craigslist because looks and feels like a cool guy doing us all a favor. It is! I had lunch with Craig in 1999 and pitched an early version of Plaxo. In 2000 he almost bit on a deal with Hypermatch a small online dating site I was working with...the only stipulations, we were not to make money from advertising or charge membership dues. Um, then what? It didn't happen and Hypermatch was sold to EZBoard. Other companies I've advised have pitched Jim Buckmaster (CEO) and Craig since then, to no avail. I've not bugged Craig for a while now. The last time I saw Craig it was simply to buy him a cup of coffee and thank him for helping me grow my little club www.ace-club.com by relisting events on his events calendar. Craigslist is a great site and public service. The shear utility, utter integrity, humility and lack of commercial agenda is at the core of it's success.