product management

Craigslist, PadMapper and the perils of not changing

Craigslist is like few other companies on the internet. A relative senior citizen by age, Craigslist’s most unique trait may be that it has managed to succeed and thrive with an interface that hasn’t been significantly changed in well over a decade.

On a consumer internet where the only constant is change, Craigslist is a rare example of a company that has managed to stick by a “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” approach to its product and thrive.

But what if Craigslist’s product is broken?

Yahoo’s new CEO: Google’s Marissa Mayer

Just two weeks ago, sources close to Yahoo’s search for a new CEO indicated that the ailing internet giant’s board of directors was set to put the company’s future in the hands of either interim CEO Ross Levinsohn or current Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.

Both prospective CEOs have strong media pedigrees, which suggesed that Yahoo’s board was prepared to guide the company down a familiar and not-always-successful ad and content-driven path.