Craigslist

A hipper, safer Craigslist clone?

The latest Craigslist clone will appeal to a desire for hipness and safety. “Craigslist is just as it was in 1995 when it started, it hasn’t changed much,” said Bryan Brzeg, a marketing consultant for Microsoft, who with marketing consultant Michelle Liang will launch Sayist in the fall. It will offer a streamlined way to post ads and includes a way to post videos. “A lot...

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Newmark grasps sustainable immortality

Captains of industry often create monuments to themselves. Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has funded a monument everyone can use in his New Jersey hometown. The self-described “nerd” will immortalize himself by funding a $10,000 composting toilet in the Early Street Community Garden, a project of three local “ladies,” who rejuvenated a junkyard across the street from...

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VarageSale adds new Canadian communities, school book program

VarageSale, the Canadian Craigslist wannabe that raised $34 million earlier this year for its social marketplace website facilitating “virtual garage sales,” has launched another 24 communities in Ontario. The company, which the Canadian tech blog Techvibes named its Startup of the Year for 2014, now covers the entire Toronto and Ottawa areas and nearly every city in Ontario. In addition,...

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Calgary explores Kijiji and Craigslist safe zones outside police stations

Calgary may be joining a number of other North American cities to offer “safe zones” outside police stations where online buyers and sellers can finish their real world transactions under the watchful eyes of the local cops. Carter Duchesney of Calgary’s Crime Prevention Unit says that his office has been asked to look into providing such a service to users of sites like Kijiji and...

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What’s the ‘new’ EBay? Read an overview

Here’s a pretty good overview on the “new” EBay — which gets back to the basics of being a marketplace now that PayPal has been sliced off. The spin-off was completed on Friday, and PayPal starts trading on Nasdaq Monday as PYPL. The overview by Katie Roof of Fox Business covers the remaining units of EBay, which is much smaller than it was on Friday and has a lower market...

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EBay sells unit to reorganize

Minutes before today’s split of EBay and PayPal, EBay has dumped its Enterprise unit for just short of $1 billion. The company helps run Ikea, Timberland and iRobot. The purchaser, a group that paid $925 million, includes private-equity firms Permira and Sterling Partners. EBay bought GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion in 2011 and converted it to the Enterprise business. The deal was supposed to...

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