Management Philosophy of Craigslist CEO

Craigslist.org, the popular classifieds listing site, has a CEO with some unique thoughts on running a successful business. Many seem counterintuitive but craigslist has been running a huge site with a very tiny staff successfully for many years and was recently purchased by eBay.

Some thoughts include:

  • No meetings, ever. “I find them stupefying and useless.”
  • Put speed over perfection: “Get something out there. Do it, even if it isn’t perfect.”
  • Listen to what users want. Try to make the site faster and better.
  • He doesn’t reply to any of his 100 daily messages, most of which beg Craigslist to do a deal. “I’m not real chatty on e-mail.”

I love CEO’s that go against conventional wisdom – something tells me he’s on to something.





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