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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 in Tech You Need to Know

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Good news, according to a report released by the Center for American Progress:

  • The number of women-owned firms in the US grew by 59 percent from 1997 to 2013 -- 1.5 times the national average.
  • Women of color are the majority owners at close to one-third of all women-owned firms...
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Saving the World, DIY-Style

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:57 PM

People ask me how I go about figuring out what causes I really believe in and what's the most effective way to support those efforts. You can find a list of what I support specifically here....

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How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Hey, tomorrow's the last day in the Veterans Charity Challenge 2 and we're raising money to help out folks who are risking their lives for us, and their families. We need your help. I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really...

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How Do We Stop Online Harassment?

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Folks, recently I launched a new infographic revealing the rise in online harassment with Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies.

Here's some important findings from the poll:

  • Women report being personally harassed much more frequently than men - the gender gap's...

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Tips to Drown Out the Twitter Noise

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Folks, this has become a big issue on...

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How to Raise $50K+ for Vets and Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Hey, we're launching the Veterans Charity...

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The Third Metric and Nerd Values

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Nerdiness involves a lack of normal social affect, where conventional ambitions, like money and power, aren't such a big deal. The call to power doesn't make much sense to me.

Here are a few words from a nerdy perspective, which I live by to the best of my ability.


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Infographic Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:40 PM

It's the third anniversary of craigconnects, and we've...

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Will Women Dominate the Tech Field?

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Hey, big news: For the first time,

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5 Websites You Should Be Glad Exist

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:04 PM

It's a little hard to say,...

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5 More Ways VA Is Helping Out Vets

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 1:09 PM

The Department of Veteran Affairs doesn't...

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Unbelievable: Over $2 Million Dollars Raised for Nonprofits

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 11:41 AM

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Big Deal: CrowdRise Holiday Challenge Has Raised Over $1.6M

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Folks, I've been supporting the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge this season by giving $75,000 to the campaign. Nonprofits nationwide have been participating to raise money for their causes.

Right now, $1,695,326 and counting has been raised, excluding the money I donated. This is huge. I think we'll be able to...

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Extra Thanks for VBA Workers From Your Nerd-in-Residence

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 4:02 PM

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10 Ways to Rule at Customer Service, Hint: Watch Out for Astroturfing

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 8:50 AM

I've been doing customer service in different capacities for the last 32 years, more or less... I joined IBM in '76, became a Systems Engineer in '82, did that into '93. And have been a craigslist (CL) customer service rep (CSR) since 1995. It's a tech customer service...

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This is not an exaggeration: Over a million dollars raised for nonprofits

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 10:27 PM

Folks, huge news! The #HolidayChallenge recently passed $1,000,000. That's a million dollars for charities.

As many of you know, I'm helping to fund the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge to help nonprofits around the country raise money this holiday season. This is many of the orgs' year-end fundraising campaign,...

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Bearing Witness: Shinseki Does Right for Vets

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Sometimes people in Washington do a really good job, but take a lot of crap unfairly. Sometimes it takes a "nerd-in-residence" to start to set the record straight. This is the short version; every topic below deserves longer treatment.

In 2009, Eric Shinseki took over

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5 More Women in Tech Orgs You Should Know

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Folks, a while back my team and I created a list of the

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Do eCommerce Giving Programs Effectively Raise Money for Charity?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Hey, the idea behind craigconnects is...

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Help Give Away $200,000 for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Hey, I've teamed up with CrowdRise...

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