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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

Women Rule the Tech World at Women Startup Challenge and win $50K

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:03 PM


The first-ever Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition was a huge success in Washington, DC. 12 women-led startups pitched their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of tech investors at General Assembly/1776.

The judges consisted of:


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Beware: Not All States Want You to Vote

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 3:53 PM

Folks, as I've mentioned over on craigconnects, anytime there's upcoming elections, that means that you should be aware of your rights.

There are some real bad actors out there trying to implement laws to stop eligible people, including women, people...

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12 Women Startups Aim to Disrupt Startup World at Women Startup Pitch Competition

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Folks, the Women Startup Challenge is on a roll. In Round I, over $315,000 was raised by the startups. A panel of judges consisting of investors and tech experts reviewed the 25 startups that raised the most money in Round I for viability and promise. Twelve women-led startups...

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An Open Letter to Young Nerds

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Dear Young Nerds,

Okay, the biggest lesson I wish I knew at age 22 had to do with taking control of my own career. That means ownership of my own personal narrative, which has to do with personal branding and identity. Sure, that's a marketing-ish perspective, at odds with my...

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How to Ramp Up Your Twitter Engagement

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:46 AM


I tell folks that they should email me with social media posts to share with my networks because I believe in supporting good causes, and making an effort to give a voice to more people. Silos aren't effective in getting the job...

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New Hope for Trustworthy News

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Sometimes I say that "trust is the new black"; more recently, I like the notion that "a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy."

However, it looks like news media has generally lost the trust of the American public:

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5 Ways You Can Hack Technology for Social Change

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Hey, I've gotten lots of emails lately from folks who want to get more involved in tech. I figure the best way to advise 'em is to make connections between people doing good work. It seems counter-intuitive to double efforts, and the impact's greater when there's collaboration.

Orgs that...

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How Birding Can Help Conservation Efforts

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 2:41 PM

Folks, I've been working with the folks from Cornell's bird lab for some time now. They do great work and also help me identify all the birds that visit my home office.

Next month they're launching the Global Big Day. For the past 30 years the...

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Taking Action to Fund Women-Led Startups

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Study Reveals: 0% of Investor Money Goes to Women-led Startups

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Why I'm Raising Money for Women Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:38 PM

As many of you know, I believe that if someone volunteers to risk taking a bullet to protect me, I should stand up and help out. To help out, I've launched an Indiegogo Life fundraiser to raise money for women veterans via Swords to Plowshares. For every $1...

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Female Founders Take On the Startup World

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Hey, last week my team and I were really impressed by the tweets from the #FemaleFounders Conference. This is the real deal. Y Combinator, founded by Jessica Livingston and Paul Graham, just hosted the second Female Founders Conference, where women shared their stories and practical advice for building a...

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20 Years of craigslist: A Reflection by an Old-School Nerd

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:18 PM


Over fifty years ago, in Sunday school, I learned that I should know when enough is enough.

In 1999 I rearticulated that to myself as "No one needs a billion dollars."

A year later people helped me understand that, as a manager,

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6 Women Rocking Tech for Good

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:06 PM

Folks, I figure it's really important to highlight women who are really making positive changes across the tech sector. These people aren't often given the recognition they deserve. If you're able, please support 'em and follow them on Twitter. They're the real deal.

(Also, please note the five...

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Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 12:16 PM

OK, long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

The deal is that on February 26th, the FCC will vote on rules that promote strong Net Neutrality, which...

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Toward Trustworthy News: 'Lies, Damn Lies, and Viral Content'

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 1:13 PM

We're talking about an authoritative report regarding "how news websites...
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Why Crowdfunding's a Good Idea

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Folks, lots of people have been doing crowdfunding campaigns lately, myself included, and they're pretty effective. In 2013 alone, crowdfunding raised about $5.1 billion worldwide -- something we showed in the infographic Cracking the Crowdfunding Code.



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Is Your Boss an Empty Suit?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:48 PM

For the most part, I consistently screwed up when I...
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How Star Trek Deepend My Support for Women in Tech

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 12:39 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

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 10:20 AM


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Join Me to End the Gender Gap in Technology

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:03 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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