And To Think, No One Believed A Website That Puts People In Dangerous Physical And Sexual Situations Could Succeed: Craig Newmark reflects on the creation of Craigslist, courtesy of The Onion.
Those initial meetings with venture capitalists were some of the most humiliating experiences of my life. I’ll never forget the way they just fidgeted as I explained my plan for a virtual bulletin board where a person looking for a summer sublet could be beaten to death with a crowbar or someone in search of a running partner could, with just a click of the mouse, find another person planning to kill and eat them. Everywhere I turned, there was someone else telling me how crazy I was. Even my parents, who had always been supportive, told me I was absolutely out of my mind.