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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 11:24 AM

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:25 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 | 2:32 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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#HungerChallenge Day 3: One Parent's Difficult Choice

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 5:44 PM

Folks, my neighbors have made it to Day 3 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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#HungerChallenge Day 2: Could You Resist the Cupcakes?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Folks, we just got a #HungerChallenge update from Teri, Roxy, and Natalie - my neighbors who I've challenged to the #HungerChallenge. For each day they complete the Challenge, I'll make a donation to the SF-Marin Food Bank, up to $10K. They're powering through, but have definitely encountered some...

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Can You Live on a Food Stamp Budget? I Challenge You to the #HungerChallenge

(4) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 8:29 PM

Hey, I'd like to invite you, alongside the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, to participate in the 2015 Hunger Challenge, it began today and runs through September 18th. This is an exercise in empathy - a call to walk in someone else's shoes for 5 days. They're asking you...

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One Thing You Can Do to Give Back to Teachers

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Okay, the deal is teachers in lots of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families, too. is about teachers getting the resources they need, and doing it right.

One really good way...

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Big News: Women Startup Challenge NYC to Fund Women-Led Startups

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Hey, big news: I'm working with Women Who Tech again to scale the Women Startup Challenge. Next up: The Women Startup Challenge NYC at Microsoft on November 9th. Applications open today. You have 'til September 30th to complete your application. This Challenge is focused on the NE region.

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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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