From Mark Potts, who blogs at Recovering Journalist, comes a fantastic collection of quotes from the CEO of CareerBuilder, the job-listings site that is co-owned by a number of newspaper chains including McClatchy (the quotes come from a synopsis of the CEO’s comments at PaidContent). I know that CEOs are paid to talk tough and dismiss their competition, but this is a little much:

“I don’t think there’s a free model in the future… If CraigsList were trying to manage 2 million jobs and 22 million job seekers, it would be very difficult for them to match those two sides up. Quality is like beauty; it’s in the eye of the beholder.

Almost anyone who comes to our site is a quality applicant. It takes 200 engineers who are focused 24/7 on matching those 22 million applicants with the right employer. You don’t get that in a free business. It doesn’t impact our business today.”

Keep on whistling, friend.

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One Response to “Whistling past the graveyard?”
  1. Competing against free has got to suck. It’s not that they’re doing anything wrong. It’s just that others are willing to do the job for less.

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