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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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CHAPTER 18Craig NewmarkFounder, craigslist

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In 1995, Craig Newmark started an email list to publicize events in San Francisco. As "Craig's List" grew in popularity, he switched from a mailing list to a website and added categories. Without consciously realizing it, he was about to take a big bite out of the classified ad business.

In 1999, Newmark decided it was time to morph craigslist.org from a hobby into a real business. Jim Buckmaster joined on as lead programmer and CTO in early 2000, and was promoted to CEO later that year.

Dedicated to his mission of building a community on the Internet, Newmark has held fast ...

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