List Guy Craig Branches Out

While eponymous site battles eBay, Newmark turns to public service, Obama campaign
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 10:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Everyone knows Craigslist, but Craig himself is getting a little restless. Craig Newmark is spending more time and money on outside projects, the New York Times reports, even with his company in a high-profile tiff with eBay. Newmark, 55, says he spends half his time on customer-service issues, the other half on public-service projects and causes like Barack Obama's campaign.

Though the newspaper industry blames Craigslist for killing print classified advertising, Newmark, behind a host of investigative-journalism efforts, calls that "an urban myth." He knows his site could have made him rich—and doesn’t care. “We know these guys in Google and the eBay guys,” he said, “and they are not any happier than anyone else. A lot of money is a burden.” (Read more Craigslist stories.)