My new roommate: Craig Newmark

When I got into the Kinnernet conference in Israel I found out that we were all going to have roommates so that everyone could fit into the lake-side resort here. I was a little disappointed, after all I had just spent the last few trips rooming with Rocky Barbanica and I was looking forward to having a room all to myself.

But when I opened the door and found Craig Newmark, founder of Craig’s List, sitting there on his computer I knew that this would be an interesting weekend. Craig’s List is the top classified ad site on the Internet and is how I got my job at NEC.

And interesting it has remained. I’m at the Kinnernet camp which is a small, exclusive, elitist, by invitation only, affair that’s just been a thrill a minute (it’s done by Yossi Vardi, the investor who’s kids started ICQ back in 1996). How did I get invited? Yossi proudly shows me around and says “this is the guy who had the first ICQ Web site.”

At Kinnernet there are robots running around, people flying weird contraptions (one of the world’s top remote control helicopter pilots is here), weird devices of all kinds, and TONS of geeks and entrepreneurs.

But back to Craig. He’s got such a great sense of humor. His business card reads “customer service representative.”

I’ve been giving him heck for not being on Twitter. He joined this morning and said “now everyone can see how boring I am.”

Valleywag, last night, asked me to ask him if he’s gotten rich yet. He answered “if I really had a lot of money would I be rooming with Scoble?”

Hey!

Anyway, some of our fun here at Kinnernet is up on my Qik account. The wifi here is very shaky.

For more info on Kinnernet, there are quite a few people blogging and stuff. Check out Google’s Blog Search for Kinnernet.

34 thoughts on “My new roommate: Craig Newmark

  1. I love Craig. He presented/hosted with me on my last SD West Jolt awards, GREAT guy and very interesting human. Lucky you.
    kkg

  2. I love Craig. He presented/hosted with me on my last SD West Jolt awards, GREAT guy and very interesting human. Lucky you.
    kkg

  3. Hopefully there were no “naked conversations”.

    (Sorry, this just seemed like an obvious comment. I bet the conference was cool, though.)

  4. Hopefully there were no “naked conversations”.

    (Sorry, this just seemed like an obvious comment. I bet the conference was cool, though.)

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  6. Please do a video interview with him and if possible, anyone else involved in the early days of Craigslist.

    What would be intriguing is finding out his reactions as he saw his site take off into the stratosphere.

    This is a one in a million experience – so reactions of the few who experience it are fascinating

    Surely he did not expect the result to be this dramatic ten years later

  7. Please do a video interview with him and if possible, anyone else involved in the early days of Craigslist.

    What would be intriguing is finding out his reactions as he saw his site take off into the stratosphere.

    This is a one in a million experience – so reactions of the few who experience it are fascinating

    Surely he did not expect the result to be this dramatic ten years later

  8. That “Lake” you refer to is the Sea of Galilee. That’s so cool.

    Whether you believe Jesus was God’s son or not, he still existed and sailed on that lake with his apostles.

    Historic ground, regardless.

  9. That “Lake” you refer to is the Sea of Galilee. That’s so cool.

    Whether you believe Jesus was God’s son or not, he still existed and sailed on that lake with his apostles.

    Historic ground, regardless.

  10. the question Craig should be asking is”who did I piss off to deserve this? Great! Qik videos of me sleeping, me showering. And waking up every day being asked: ‘Who are you and what do you do?” This would be like Ben Stiller having to ro with Perez Hilton.

  11. the question Craig should be asking is”who did I piss off to deserve this? Great! Qik videos of me sleeping, me showering. And waking up every day being asked: ‘Who are you and what do you do?” This would be like Ben Stiller having to ro with Perez Hilton.

  12. Robert,

    Tell me you are not as gullible as to believe Craig that he *needs* to room with you… (as in he couldn’t have afforded to pay for his own room).

    Delia

  13. Robert,

    Tell me you are not as gullible as to believe Craig that he *needs* to room with you… (as in he couldn’t have afforded to pay for his own room).

    Delia

  14. “As if sharing a room with Robert Scoble isn’t frightening enough, he’s persuaded me to sign up with Twitter as craignewmark

    Not sure how active I can be, still doing lotsa customer service, that’s how I earn a living, even while traveling.”

    From http://www.cnewmark.com/2008/04/okay-just-start.html

    Once again, Twitter not used by people responsible for doing real work…

  15. “As if sharing a room with Robert Scoble isn’t frightening enough, he’s persuaded me to sign up with Twitter as craignewmark

    Not sure how active I can be, still doing lotsa customer service, that’s how I earn a living, even while traveling.”

    From http://www.cnewmark.com/2008/04/okay-just-start.html

    Once again, Twitter not used by people responsible for doing real work…

  16. I second “give him crap for blog.craigslist.com” not having an RSS feed. What happened to “anyone who launches a company website without an RSS feed should be fired!”? ;-)

    Oh, and what’s Craig’s Twitter username, so we can follow him? :-)

  17. I second “give him crap for blog.craigslist.com” not having an RSS feed. What happened to “anyone who launches a company website without an RSS feed should be fired!”? ;-)

    Oh, and what’s Craig’s Twitter username, so we can follow him? :-)

  18. can you tape your N95 to the remote helicopter and get some arial shots? That’d be cool!!
    what’s your opinion of the BUG?

  19. can you tape your N95 to the remote helicopter and get some arial shots? That’d be cool!!
    what’s your opinion of the BUG?

  20. Mr. Scoble… BBC posts late yesterday about Israel’s clampdown on their military leaks on Facebook and Flickr. Might already be making the rounds at Kinnernet (not that there’s a shortage of other stuff). http://tinyurl.com/6ysj82 is the BBC article addy. And say hey to Mr. Newmark.

    Still gotta get you that “Terroir” (geeky wine) book I was talking with Maryam about. Have her SMS whatever address you want me to post it to? She has my number. Tx!

  21. Mr. Scoble… BBC posts late yesterday about Israel’s clampdown on their military leaks on Facebook and Flickr. Might already be making the rounds at Kinnernet (not that there’s a shortage of other stuff). http://tinyurl.com/6ysj82 is the BBC article addy. And say hey to Mr. Newmark.

    Still gotta get you that “Terroir” (geeky wine) book I was talking with Maryam about. Have her SMS whatever address you want me to post it to? She has my number. Tx!

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