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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

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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#HungerChallenge Day 3: One Parent's Difficult Choice

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 6:44 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 | 6:47 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 | 9:29 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 | 10:58 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 | 4:57 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 | 12:40 PM

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 | 2:57 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 | 10:56 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 | 1:04 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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