- has Craiglist changed in any way since eBay bought a stake?

there have been no changes, no. the news is that there is no news ..

>- is there pressure on you to be more focused on money; basically, to earn
>back the money eBay paid for the stake in Craigslist? (according to Morgan Stanley for a price between $30 to 50 million, MF)

not at all. they have expressed no interest in having us change the way we
do things - other than helping us get better at providing consumer

>- are there areas/projects where you work together with eBay? Technically,
>commercially or in fighting fraud, for example?

we have gotten some useful advice from ebay regarding consumer protection.

>- do you have any tips or anything else to say to the guys who sold
>Marktplaats but are staying on as managers, when it comes to dealing with

not sure our experience is particularly relevant, since we remain an
independent company, whereas (as far as i can tell) marktplaats will be a
subsidiary of ebay.

>- do you think that there could be cooperation between Craigslist and
>Marktplaats? (You are both ad driven versus auction/commission driven like
>eBay, and Marktplaats is active internationally as www.intoko.com, so it
>would make sense to talk/meet I guess)

probably too early to know - no plans at present.

>- are you still planning on starting a Craiglist in Amsterdam?

we've started an english-only site for amsterdam, not sure yet when we'll
have a dutch version, but hopefully soon.

Like Marktplaats, Craigslist is user friendly, fast, and mostly free. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against Marktplaats and Speurders once a Craigslist-site in Dutch launches. eBay will learn from all of it and is the clear winner in this, no matter how it turns out.

Thanks to Jim Buckmaster and Craig Newmark for the quick reply!



Tuesday 16 November 2004

Craigslist comes to Amsterdam

Last week eBay acquired Marktplaats.nl for $290 million, making it the largest acquisition of an internet business in the Netherlands since Tiscali bought the troubled ISP World Online. Since eBay bought 25% of Craigslist this summer, it would be interesting to see if things have changed at Craigslist since then. This is what CEO Jim Buckmaster answered:


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Monday 8 November 2004

The New York Times knows nothing about The Netherlands

I grew up in the neighbourhood where the killer of Theo van Gogh lived. I went to a party at the high school he attended. We rode the same tram (us immigrants don't ride bicycles much). So I think I know a little bit about the mentality of fanatic muslims and it amazes me that the The New York Times writes the following about the situation in the Netherlands:

'The problem is not Muslim immigration, but a failure to plan for a smoother transition to a more diverse society. One very real danger is that the public trauma over the Van Gogh murder may lead to a clamor for anti-Muslim policies that could victimize thousands of innocent refugees and immigrants.

The challenge for Dutch political leaders is to find ways to reverse this disturbing trend of politically motivated violence without making it harder to achieve cultural harmony.'

Oh, really? In that case, I can't wait for the 'culturally harmonious solution' the New York Times has that could have stopped Mohammed Atta and his pals flying into the World Trade Center.

Because the problem, of course, is muslim fundamentalism and religious terrorism. Not 'the failure to plan for a smoother transition to a more diverse society.' Obviously, we shouldn't make muslims or colored people suffer when fighting terrorism. My stepfather is a muslim and a few years ago I discovered that I am colored; so yeah, you can say I am biased. But to put the blame for terrorism on the victims, would be a joke if it wouldn't be such a terribly tragic subject. Next time, before writing an editorial on this topic, The New York Times should do something really, really wild and crazy: it should send a journalist over to talk to one our fundamentalist muslim Dutch-Maroccans. Actually knowing some of these people helps to shape your opinion.

On a more positive note: keep in mind that among all muslims living in the Netherlands, the fanatics are only a minor fraction. The Economist has a more balanced view on the situation.

Note: Dutch journalist Arjan Dasselaar follows this story closely.

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Thursday 4 November 2004

This infographic sums it all up...

The results of the 2004 US presidential elections as received through e-mail.

02:21 AM | category: Culture |

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