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.