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4 MLK Quotes That’re the Real Deal

January 19, 2015






“Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the quote that motivates much of my philanthropy. And it's kinda how I try to "save the world" DIY-style… But when it came to saving the world, MLK, Jr. was the real… Read more »

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How Star Trek Deepened My Support for Women in Tech

January 15, 2015






I started as a hardcore nerd whose wish for fairness and equality was deepened by watching Star Trek. I started Sunday school, Jewish version, very young, and I think that's where I started hearing about the Golden Rule, treating people like you want to be treated. That was reinforced in later grades. By the time… Read more »

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Is the Boss an Empty Suit?

January 12, 2015






For the most part, I consistently screwed up when I started new work. Being a nerd usually means no instinct for social norms or conventions, and it took me more than 25 years to catch on to what humans normally intuit. Here's my brief take on what I wished I'd done, and some of it… Read more »

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Over $4.1 Million Raised for Nonprofits

January 9, 2015






Folks, the CrowdRise #GivingTower Holiday Challenge was a really big deal and raised lots of money for nonprofits. A total of  $4,141,131 was raised for charity. That includes all prize money (I gave $50k) and the money raised by all the charities, online and offline. That's 15.5x leverage on the prize dollars. The Grand Prize winners… Read more »

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A 10 Minute Interview With Craig Newmark

January 8, 2015






Hey, I recently did an interview with 10 Minute Interviews, and they captured a snapshot of the life of a nerd. They asked about my upbringing as a total nerd, my biggest challenges with craigslist, and what a day in the life looks like… You can read the full interview below. What was your upbringing like, and… Read more »

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5 Women to Watch in 2015

January 2, 2015






Women had lots of gains in 2014, but not enough. And, as a nerd, I don't believe in settling, I believe people should be treated fairly. And that's still not happening. There's a gender gap in tech, in wages, and more… It's really important to give women the credit they deserve. This past year, my… Read more »

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Resolutions of a Nerd

December 31, 2014






Hey, it's that time of year where people are making resolutions for 2015. I have resolutions year- round, especially since, long term, I want to figure out how to give a voice, using the internet, to everyone on the planet. I'm a nerd, and I figure things should be fair. My resolution for 2015 is to: Learn to… Read more »

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Knowing When to Keep Your Mouth Shut

December 29, 2014






Back in '77, I had recently taken a job at IBM Boca Raton, in the "advanced technology" department. It was beginning to dawn on me that I needed to be somewhat less nerdy in behavior, if not core, attitudes. A few folks visited what was then Bell Labs, which had been responsible for a lot… Read more »

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4 More Websites I'm Impressed With

December 26, 2014






Earlier this year, I shared 5 sites I've got bookmarked that I thought might surprise some folks. But maybe not, I'm a nerd, and some sites I've got bookmarked might be predictable. To be honest, I'm a sucker for those that do factchecking well and those that humor me. On that note, here are 4 websites… Read more »

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5 Reasons Why Giving Back’s Important

December 24, 2014






As a nerd, I really believe in giving back (always have). It's important to collaborate, help one another, and create the change we want, and that takes time. Earlier this year, the craigconnects team and I created an infographic, Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, to show you just how effective and accessible crowdfunding is. Crowdfunding raised more than five… Read more »

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