Born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1952, internet icon Craig Newmark originally attended Case Western University intending to study physics, but instead got into computers and earned his bachelor’s and master’s in computer science. After working with IBM for 17 years, then GM, Bank of America and Charles Schwab, Newmark created an email distribution list in 1995 in order to publicize arts and technology events for friends in the San Francisco area. In 1996, the list evolved into a web-based service and added additional categories and, twenty years later, craigslist is one of the most popular websites in the world, serving 20 billion pageviews per month in over 70 countries.
In March of 2011, Newmark launched craigconnects, his initiative to link everyone on the planet using social media to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Evolving from Newmark’s years of personal involvement with non-profit organizations, craigconnects supports technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve and ensure media integrity.