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Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist.org, 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 Donorschoose.org, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, Kiva.org (microfinance) and Consumer Reports. He's working on the advisory board of Wikipedia, considering customer service and trust
issues.

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 craigconnects.org.

Entries by Craig Newmark

3 Women-led Startups That Are Changing Their Industries

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 2:41 PM

Note: I want to make sure that people realize that my women in tech initiative is the creative product of Allyson Kapin and Justyn Hintze from Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign. They articulate what I believe and make it happen. /Craig

Hey, many of you...

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SIRUM, bluDiagnostics, and Blendoor Win the Women Startup Challenge at LinkedIn

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 1:19 PM

Hey, the Women Startup Challenge took place last night, and was a real game-changer.

10 women-led startups pitched, and were all the real deal. Each startup had 4 minutes to pitch their venture, and 4 minutes for Q & A with the judges. The judges were big influencers from...

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$50K to Go to Nonprofits Supporting Veterans, Military Families, Firefighters, and Police

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 4:17 PM

Hey, I'm a big supporter of veterans and milfams, and the orgs that help 'em out. One way that I support them each year is through the Veterans Charity Challenge. This is our 4th year hosting the Challenge as a way to help raise as much money and...

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New Study Reveals Correlation Between Online Harassment and Political Expression in 2016 Election

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:48 PM

Many people seemed to have noticed that supporters of presidential candidates have been pretty aggressive toward each other online during the 2016 election. I figure this is probably an important thing to pay attention to, and I'm contributing to specific efforts to help deal with the problem of...

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15 Women-led Startups to Watch in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:54 PM

Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. rose by 68%, twice the growth rate for men and nearly 1.5 times the rate for all companies, according to a report commissioned by American Express OPEN.

There are 1.5 million businesses owned by Black women. These...

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How to Shop Small and Give Local in May

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:33 PM

Hey, giving back to local businesses is a really good way to support local economies, and help out to causes that're important.

Give Local America is a 24-hour crowdfunding event, beginning on May 3, 2016 and running from 12:00am - 11:59pm EST. It's designed to empower folks across...

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New Poll Reveals the Trouble With Voting in 2016, and How to Fix It

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 3:06 PM

Hey, I figure that service members and vets risk their lives for us, and to thank 'em, the least we can do is register to vote and then actually vote. It's patriotic, and it shouldn't be hard for eligible voters to do.

As I've said before, anytime there's...

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How to Support Teachers in Your Community

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 8:27 AM

#respect4teachers is needed now more than ever.

Folks, I've been saying this for some time, but teachers across the country are underpaid and under-appreciated.

The deal is, teachers in lots of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families and those with underprivileged...

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10 Reasons Women-led Startups Are Critical to the Survival of the Startup World

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 6:49 AM

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Investing in women-led startups is a long overdue phenomenon in this country. Only 7 percent of all investor money goes to startups led by women.

There's lots of talk about how we need to #changetheratio, but talk's not enough. There's gotta be action...

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New Study Reveals Youth Could Have Significant Impact on 2016 Election

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:53 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 | 3:23 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.


women-led

My team and...

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Huge Growth in Businesses Owned by Women Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 1:32 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 | 4:52 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 | 4:07 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 | 11:57 AM

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 | 9:01 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 | 1:09 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 | 10:41 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 | 2:32 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 | 1:12 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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