Jim Buckmaster

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Who is Jim Buckmaster?

Jim Buckmaster, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is an American computer programmer who has been the CEO of Craigslist since 2000.

He was an undergraduate at Virginia Tech and studied medicine and classics at the University of Michigan in the 1990s.

In late 1999, after posting his resume on craigslist, he was recruited by Craig Newmark, the founder of the website. As lead programmer, he contributed the site's multi-city architecture, search engine, discussion forums, flagging system, self-posting process, homepage design, personals categories, and best-of-craigslist. In November 2000, he was promoted to the post of CEO.

A fan of Noam Chomsky, Buckmaster has been accused of being "anti-capitalistic", which Buckmaster claims is an inaccurate characterization:

"Companies looking to maximize revenue need to throw as many revenue-generating opportunities at users as they will tolerate," Buckmaster says. "We have absolutely no interest in doing that, which I think has been instrumental to the success of craigslist."

Buckmaster has been described by Martin Sorrell as a "socialistic anarchist" and was once denounced on Fox News by Reverend Jerry Falwell

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Aug 14, 1962
  • United States of America
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Chief Executive Officer, Craigslist Inc.
Lived in
  • Ann Arbor

on July 23, 2013


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