Craigslist Shut Me Down :(
Last week I receieved a cease and desist from the attorneys of Craigslist. I can’t say I’m suprised, I knew there was a good chance of that happening.
Some might expect a bitter attitude on my part, but to be honest I wasn’t really that distressed about the situation. I learned a ton in the couple of months that CL Alerts was active. I went from 0-800 users in under 3 months with no marketing budget.
I successfully managed the development through Odesk with a great developer I found and I managed to do it for under $500.
I am thankful for two services in particular, Odesk and Mailgun. Without them I would not have been able to build the solution to the problem that I knew many Craigslist users have.
So what’s next? My day job is in the automotive culture scene where I am the project manager of Formula Drift’s webcast product called DRIFTStream.
While working with sponsors and and our media partners I started to realize that there was a gap in connecting brands with these smaller niche media sites.
Soon… I will be launching RedlineAds, The Automotive Culture Ad Network. Once again this opportunity would not have been possible even a couple of years ago but with the help cloud based platforms I can develop a vertical ad network.
My inspiration came from The Deck Network. A vertical ad network in the design niche that only allows certain publishers in it’s network and screen’s advertisers. The focus on the end user’s expierence by allowing only one ad per page and not a very big one at that.
Remember “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - Bill Gates