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Craig Newmark
Craig Newmark is the founder of, a site where people can help each other with everyday needs including housing and jobs. The site has a culture of trust, based on shared values like "treat people like you
want to be treated." He currently works as a customer service rep, in no managerial role. Previous experience includes thirty years working with computers for IBM, GM, Charles Schwab & Co, and Bank of America.

He's also working with a wide range of groups using the Net to help each other out, like, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, (microfinance) and Consumer Reports. He's working on the advisory board of Wikipedia, considering customer service and trust

Craig is also actively engaged with government workers on multiple levels to use the Net for superior public service, and with Sunlight Foundation for government accountability and transparency.

He's not as funny as he thinks he is, but sometimes can't help himself. Craig no longer wears a plastic protector and thick black glasses that are taped together, but is still a nerd.

You can reach Craig at,, or

Entries by Craig Newmark

How Star Trek Deepend My Support for Women in Tech

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:39 PM

I started as a hardcore nerd whose wish for fairness and equality was deepened by watching Star Trek.

I started Sunday school, Jewish version, very young, and I think that's where I started hearing about the Golden Rule, treating people like you want to be treated. That was reinforced in later grades.

By the time Star Trek started, I was ready for the (imperfect) lessons of equality that the show displayed. The message in a number of episodes is that racism is wrong and stupid.


The show was a product of its time and halfheartedly treated women as equals; that's the...

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How to Restore Trust in News

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 11:20 AM


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Join Me to End the Gender Gap in Technology

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:03 AM

There's a huge gender gap, world-wide, when it comes to technology, and I'd like you to join me in a modest step towards addressing that.

Women and girls still face overwhelming obstacles to accessing and shaping technologies. The digital gender divide might be getting worse. Women and girls...

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Big News: Over $2 Million Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Folks, I just got an update from Ed Norton, one of the co-founders of CrowdRise, about the #GivingTower Holiday Challenge I'm sponsoring with MacAndrews & Forbes, Fred & Joanne Wilson, and Isaac S. Gindi. This year I'm giving $50,000 to support nonprofits.

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Giving Back This Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Folks, I believe that it's really important to give back...
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A Trustworthy Press Is the Immune System of Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 4:57 PM


I'm a news consumer. I'm not trying to tell anybody how to do their job, or how to fix the news. I'm not in the business, and will respect professional boundaries.

I just want news I can trust. I also want to help...

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Bay Area's Most Influential Biz-Tech Figure, Clerical Error?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Folks, it seems I've won the Bay Area's Most Influential Biz-Tech Figure... (clerical error?)


(you can see a bigger version of the image here...)
And, on that note...


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Women in Tech You Need to Know

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Good news, according to a report released by the Center for American Progress:

  • The number of women-owned firms in the US grew by 59 percent from 1997 to 2013 -- 1.5 times the national average.
  • Women of color are the majority owners at close to one-third of all women-owned firms...
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Saving the World, DIY-Style

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 2:57 PM

People ask me how I go about figuring out what causes I really believe in and what's the most effective way to support those efforts. You can find a list of what I support specifically here....

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How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Hey, tomorrow's the last day in the Veterans Charity Challenge 2 and we're raising money to help out folks who are risking their lives for us, and their families. We need your help. I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really...

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How Do We Stop Online Harassment?

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Folks, recently I launched a new infographic revealing the rise in online harassment with Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies.

Here's some important findings from the poll:

  • Women report being personally harassed much more frequently than men - the gender gap's...

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Tips to Drown Out the Twitter Noise

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Folks, this has become a big issue on...

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How to Raise $50K+ for Vets and Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Hey, we're launching the Veterans Charity...

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The Third Metric and Nerd Values

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Nerdiness involves a lack of normal social affect, where conventional ambitions, like money and power, aren't such a big deal. The call to power doesn't make much sense to me.

Here are a few words from a nerdy perspective, which I live by to the best of my ability.


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Infographic Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 2:40 PM

It's the third anniversary of craigconnects, and we've...

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Will Women Dominate the Tech Field?

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Hey, big news: For the first time,

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5 Websites You Should Be Glad Exist

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:04 PM

It's a little hard to say,...

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5 More Ways VA Is Helping Out Vets

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 2:09 PM

The Department of Veteran Affairs doesn't...

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Unbelievable: Over $2 Million Dollars Raised for Nonprofits

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:41 PM

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Big Deal: CrowdRise Holiday Challenge Has Raised Over $1.6M

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Folks, I've been supporting the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge this season by giving $75,000 to the campaign. Nonprofits nationwide have been participating to raise money for their causes.

Right now, $1,695,326 and counting has been raised, excluding the money I donated. This is huge. I think we'll be able to...

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