"For that matter, when it comes to leadership as it pertains to nurturing talent that you have, I don't know a lot. But I do know that when you're working with people, two things: you need to know when to get out of the way. And on the same thing, you need to know when to stop." -- Craig Newmark
Craig Newmark has a new gig: As well as working on his famously successful Craigslist, he's dabbling in philanthropy. But since he doesn't have Bill Gates' piles of cash, he's using a different asset--his voice.
Today's OneWebDay event in New York's Battery Park was disappointing. Perhaps because I read a lot of blogs, and many bloggers require little coaxing to wax rhapsodic about how the Web has transformed their job/social life/sense of community, I expected a more enthusiastic, if not a larger, crowd.
I stopped by Harvard's annual conference on The Internet and Society this morning, mostly to see a panel on business and politics - what those two fields can learn from one another about using the Net.
The panel wandered...and wandered...fruitlessly looking for a focus.
But what struck me most were the contributions of panelist Craig Newmark (who described himself as a customer service representative at Craigslist.org, and also, by the way, its founder).
When you're a small, spirited startup built on community, personal attention, and customer service, attracting the investment of one of the world's largest dotcoms can be daunting. Craig's List's leaders had the courage to collaborate with eBay, and early reports indicate that the company will remain grounded -- while still having more room to grow.