Forty years ago today I joined the grown-up work force. My entry point was at IBM in Boca Raton, Florida. Then later at General Motors in Detroit.
Fast forward: My first twenty years were in the corporate world; the last twenty were at craigslist.
Despite craigslist becoming a household name over the years, Craig Newmark was not. In fact, a lot of people still don't know that there's a real Craig. I think that's probably because I'm a fifties'-style nerd, and while we're good at making things that work, we aren't so good at promoting ourselves. Note, I'm at @craignewmark on Twitter and on Facebook here.
Those years in corporate life provided useful lessons in humility. When companies of any size stop listening to customers, that's suicidal.
At craigslist I came to learn what I always knew:
- treat people like you want to be treated
- know when enough is enough
- brevity is the soul of wit
And, of course,
- Murphy's Law and Newmark's Corollary: "As computers get smaller and faster, Newmark gets shorter and slower."
Now I've found more stuff that really matters in this crazy world, and I promote that rather than craigslist or myself. (I make exceptions for birds or to otherwise amuse myself.)
As to the rumors of my existence -- they're true. Really. Although maybe people still don't believe it.