Craig Newmark is a senior web-oriented software engineer with 25 years of experience, including 18 years at IBM. He has become a leader in the online community by virtue of running www.craigslist.org, which he started in 1995. It is a non-commercial community bulletin board with classifieds and discussion forums. Using a common sense, down-to-earth approach, craigslist.org strives to make the Internet more personal and authentic, while advocating social responsibility through the promotion of small, nonprofit organizations.
craigslist.org’s philosophical themes say a lot more about Newmark:
• We’re about people giving each other a break.
• We’re about restoring the human voice to the Internet, reversing the corporate voice, and over-commercialization.
• We’re about providing a useful, down-to-earth, common-sense function.
Newmark’s community activities include serving on the advisory boards of Climate Theatre and the Haight-Ashbury Food Program, as well as supporting local writers through Grotto Nights. He has been featured in the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Business Week, Time, and Esquire.