Craigslist’s big bluff

Craigslist this week told users that it can use the classifieds they post as the basis for lawsuits against other sites. The claim appears weak from a legal standpoint and even worse from a public relations one.

People don’t care about scoops, they care about trust

A new survey funded by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark looked at public attitudes toward the news media and found that only a tiny fraction of those surveyed care whether a news source is the first to report something. The most important quality by far was trustworthiness.

Craig Newmark: Media Is the Immune System of Democracy

At the Activate conference in New York, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark talked about his work with non-profits and his views on the importance of a free press, and Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder Lawrence Lessig talked about his efforts to fight corruption with a project called Rootstrikers.

Craig Newmark on the Web’s Next Big Problem

Craig Newmark talks about how he thinks the web needs to develop a “distributed trust network” to allow users to monitor and manage their own reputations and the reputations of others online. He says this is the next big problem that the Web has to solve.

Dogs In Costume, Streets of Fear: NTV Station Today

Here’s a video that combines both Halloween AND politics — the New York Post’s coverage of a dog costume contest. Spoiler alert: the Sarah Palin pup wins 1st prize.
And, for some pure Halloween content, Steve Bryant looks at Streets of Fear, which offers horror fans reality-format kitsch, albeit with a little more padding than necessary (and we’re not talking fake muscles). Check it out at NewTeeVee Station!

Boot$trapping: ‘Spend it’ Like Dell & Newmark

partnerup_rev_logo_web1.gifEditor’s Note: Our latest “startup math” piece comes to you from Found|READ contributor Steve Nielsen. He is founder and CEO of PartnerUp , the online network that helps entrepreneurs find good business partners. Steve’s last post was a handy index of the major Web2.0 M&A deals in 2007: 100 M&A Deals. 100 Startup Lessons. It’s another great reference for you.

No matter the size of the venture, all startups need one very important ingredient to start, succeed and ultimately survive: money. Some startups get it from venture capitalists or angel investors. Some lucky ventures are even built with small-business loans and grants. But if you’re panicking because you’re not getting the financing you need from these sources, relax and follow in the footsteps of successful startups like Dell, Inc. or Craigslist, Inc.

The founders of these famous companies pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and invested in their ventures with their own money. Bootstrapping your business, the act of avoiding external investors, means going solo in the financing department, all the while–stretching your money as far as possible–keeping expenses to a minimum. Read More about Boot$trapping: ‘Spend it’ Like Dell & Newmark