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Craig Newmark's Biography

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Craig Newmark had many years as a software engineer, including 18 years at IBM, before becoming better-known as the founder of Craigslist, which he started in 1995.

Craigslist started out to inform people of events around San Francisco and developed into a community bulletin board with classifieds and discussion forums with postings in jobs, for sale, apartments etc.

Craig Newmark devoted himself full-time to Craigslist in early 1999 - the same year that Craigslist was incorporated as a 'for-profit' - and it has grown incredibly.

Even with its growth in the early years of the 21st century with Craigslist generating many millions of dollars a year in revenue, it nevertheless operated with less than 20 staff.

The site attracts more than 3 billion page views each month through over 10 million visitors.

Craigslist is an intriguing balance between the commercial and the community-minded, between the huge enterprise and the cottage industry - its 19 people work from a Victorian house in the Inner Sunset area of San Francisco, USA.

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