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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

An Inclusive Mobile App That Will Change Online Dating

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 11:40 AM

handFolks, you've heard from women-led startups that we've interviewed over the last couple months who participated in the Women's Startup Challenge, including Mina's List, Kicker, On Second Thought. Queery is the latest in our series.

My team and I...

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New App, Fam-ess, Teaches Kids Financial Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 1:57 PM

75% of American households live paycheck to paycheck and 25% have no savings at all. With our consumer debt hovering at $11.5 Trillion, it is clear that we need to teach kids how to manage their money long before become adults. That's why Michelle Salsberry founded Fam-ess (pronounced famous). Fam-ess...

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Why the Most Ethical and Trustworthy Journalism Was by Fictional Newsman Jon Stewart

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 9:56 AM

stewartLast night was Jon Stewart's last night on the Daily Show. It's gotten me thinking about how he's so much more than an entertainer, and what he's done as the most trusted newsman in America...

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On Second Thought: An Innovative Startup to Watch

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Hey, On Second Thought (OST) is a mobile messaging app that lets you take back text messages before they get to the other person. Co-Founder Maci Peterson came in first place at the Women Startup Challenge live pitch competition last month. The judges were excited about her product,...

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Desperately Seeking Trustworthy News

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:47 AM

Maybe I'm desperate for trustworthy news and progress in that direction, but possibly good news surfaced recently that I missed on first reading.

First, yes,...

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Why a NYT Editor Left Her Job to Start the News Site Kicker

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Kicker is a news website that helps you get up to speed easily by making news digestible, engaging, and actionable.

They're one of the women-led startups who came in 3rd place for the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition. Holly Ojalvo and Lisa Vehrenkamp, Kicker Cofounders, are...

Read Post 2.0 -- Better, Nerdier

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Folks, many of you may know that I don't tend to change things that are working just fine. You may have noticed this from all the change that's happened to craigslist over the years. (yes, the Mrs. reminds me I'm not as funny as I think I am...)

My team,...

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Why We Need to Empower Women's Political Leadership Globally

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:09 PM

Folks, the first-ever Women Startup Challenge just took place, and some important women-led startups really worked hard to raise money for their ventures. My team and I interviewed one of the ventures, Mina's List and their Founder/Executive Director Tanya Henderson, Esq., about their inspiring...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:44 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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