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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 on Twitter at @CraigNewmark, on Facebook, and at

Entries by Craig Newmark

New Study Reveals Youth Could Have Significant Impact on 2016 Election

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 11:53 AM

Folks, I recently supported the release of some research and important data about the 2016 elections. The Youth Electoral Significance Index is a data visualization that ranks the states and districts where young people could have a major influence on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, as...

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10 Women in Tech to Watch in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:23 PM

Hey, I've been working some within the women in tech community, supporting women-led startups and code programs for women and girls. Lots of times, the folks in this community don't get the recognition they deserve.


My team and...

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Huge Growth in Businesses Owned by Women Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 2:32 PM

Folks, I'm a big supporter of both veterans and small businesses. Recently, I heard some good news regarding women veterans success in business.

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According to the National Women's Business Council, there are 384,548 veteran women-owned businesses in the United...

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Breaking: 25K Cases of Water, and Counting, Donated to Flint Residents

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:52 PM

Folks, you probably know about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Lots of people have no clean, safe drinking water and they're in a state of emergency. Yesterday, I announced that I'd teamed up with CrowdRise to launch a massive Water for Flint challenge. Our goal...

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Wikipedia, the Year of Science, and What That Means

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 5:07 PM

Folks, good news: 2016 is the Wikipedia Year of Science. While every year should be the year of science (says the old school nerd), this is a specific initiative to improve Wikipedia's potential for communicating science to the public.

Wikipedia's doing this by connecting higher ed...

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How Edward Norton, Humans of New York, and craigconnects are Supporting Syrian Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Folks, I know many of you follow Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York (HONY) initiative. Brandon returned from a trip to Jordan and Turkey, where he interviewed twelve Syrian families that will be living in the U.S. These families have been through a lot of hardship. Since Friday night my...

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How Voting's Changing in the Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Hey, the Brennan Center for Justice has their boots on the ground and are working hard to ensure that everyone who's eligible has got the means to vote. I figure that service members and vets risk their lives for us, and to thank 'em, the least we can...

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Give to Education via Donors Choose this #GivingTuesday & Google Will Match Up to $1MM

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Hey, for #GivingTuesday Donors Choose has teamed up with Google to raise money to help to make education more inclusive #ForEveryKid. The goal's to make it easier to fund as many special education projects as possible. If donors fund the first half,...

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Know Someone in Crisis? They Can Text For Help 24/7 via Crisis Text Line

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Hey, the Crisis Text Line is important to know about, especially this time of year. It's important to know that you're not alone and that there are lots of folks out there who want to listen to you, and who want to help.

Crisis Text Line is free,...

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How to Ramp Up Your Social Media Presence

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Hey, I've been suggesting for some time now that nonprofits spend more time on social media.

One way to do that is to make sure you're sharing what you're up to on Facebook and Twitter, and another way to do that is by targeting your content to your audiences with...

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#WomenStartupChallenge Winner SoftSpot Is Changing the Wearable Tech World

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 2:12 PM

winners (left, Kat Alexander of SIREN, and right, Sabine Seymour of SoftSpot)

The Women Startup Challenge took place at Microsoft in Times Square. You may have heard that 10 of the best women-led startups in the northeast took the stage to...

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Give $500K Back to Vets With a Hashtag: Here's How...

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 9:35 AM

Hey, I'm a big supporter of veterans, military families, and the orgs that support 'em. As Veterans Day approaches, the Bob Woodruff Foundation announced that they've teamed up with the Love the GIVE campaign to encourage Americans to honor the folks who have served by sharing acts of kindness through...

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Why I Donated a Toilet to Wikipedia

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 5:35 PM

" width="576" height="427" /> In the Game of (Porcelain) Thrones, you win...

Folks, here's what I said six years ago, still true, and both craigslist and I are big supporters. This time I'm supporting Wikimedia Foundation by...

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Saving the Planet, One Pair of Socks at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:37 AM

I believe in helping out folks who are already doing good work to support 'em and help create more awareness. I also like to connect orgs and help them work together. Recently, I received an email from Kitty at Socks for Seniors. Socks for Seniors is a national nonprofit community...

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Why Giving Back to the Birds Matters

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Hey, I really believe in what the folks over at Audubon are doing to support birds and wildlife, so I recently gave $10K to Audubon California and $25K to The National Audubon Society. I recently received a note from Audubon letting me know that my donation allowed them to secure...

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Did You Know $1 Donated to the Food Bank Is Worth $5 of Food?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:18 AM


Hey, a coupla weeks ago, I challenged my neighbors to the SF-Marin Food Bank's Hunger Challenge. They took me up on the challenge, and shared daily updates that I posted on my own networks. I told 'em that if...

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Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition: 10 Finalists, 4 Judges, 1 Prize of $25K at Microsoft in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Folks, many of you know that I support women in tech as an initiative, but more specifically, Women Who Tech's Women Startup Challenge NYC. I've partnered with 'em to award $25K to the winner of the Pitch Competition. It's pretty simple...Fair's fair, regardless of gender in...

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Putting Money Where My Mouth Is and Funding Women-led Startups

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 12:24 PM

At Microsoft in Times Square this November 9, ten women-led startups will pitch their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of investors for the chance to win $25,000. This could be you.

Folks, I've partnered with Women Who Tech for the Women Startup Challenge NYC.

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#HungerChallenge Day 5: This Isn't an Experiment for Most People

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 5:25 PM

Folks, my neighbors have made it through the #HungerChallenge with lots of realizations. They've definitely been hungry, they've had stress dreams, and they've been really conscious of food. Since they've completed the Challenge, I'm donating $10K to the SF-Marin Food Bank. If you're able, you can

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#HungerChallenge Day 4: A Whole Different World

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Folks, my neighbors have made it to Day 4 of the #HungerChallenge. They've definitely faced some dilemmas and made some tough choices. Remember that for each day they complete the Challenge, I'm donating to the SF-Marin Food Bank, up to $10K.

If you missed this week's updates so...

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