Ezra was CFO of FriendFinder from January 2008 until July 2014, and resumed the position in September 2015. After starting his career as an attorney at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Chicago, he served in various management positions at 7-Eleven, Inc. from 1982 to 2001, including corporate attorney, treasurer, and culminating as CFO. He also served as CFO of NationsRent, Inc. from 2001 to 2003, and as CFO of Cruzan International, Inc. from 2003 to 2007. He received his J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Obligatory sentimental preamble (and I don’t care if it gets me downvoted): As soon as I received the A2A notification from Darren Johnson on my phone, my heart dropped… and as soon as I clicked on the link and saw that this was, in fact true, I felt some kind of activity in my tear ducts. I wasn’t quite on the verge of tears. But like, 15% of the way to being on the verge? I haven’t been on Craigslist personals in years. However, I met my first love on Craigslist personals - and the way in which meeting someone on Craigslist is just so laughable to most people has always been somewhat of a running joke between us.
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Any relationship can start by catching someone's eye or serving a witty one-liner, but a meaningful connection requires a little more material. Knowing multiple languages, being a dog or cat person, or growing up as the oldest sibling helped make you the unique person you are. Finding the person of your dreams is all about understanding what makes them tick.
Objective, non-emotional answer: Where will past users of Craigslist personals now go? Probably OkCupid or Bumble. I think that these two platforms have very much established themselves as data-based, efficient modes of matching. As they have gained popularity over the past few years, I think that they have cut into Craigslist’s market share - since Craigslist is essentially just a newsgroup that doesn’t offer a whole lot of functionality. Accordingly, I don’t think that this closure will displace a lot of folks.