Defoundering

If Silicon Valley Isn’t Like High School, Quora Certainly Is

Mr. Cheever (Photo: Quora)

Following the recent announcement that Quora cofounder Charlie Cheever will be taking a backseat role at the company, something of a revolution has begun to foment at the question and answer site so popular among the Valley’s elite. For a platform which purports to embrace openness and honesty as its core ethos, its own staff has not been particularly forthcoming about Mr. Cheever’s departure.

Social Times points out that a question about Mr. Cheever’s status at the company was answered by Quora’s other founder, Adam D’Angelo. Users immediately called Mr. D’Angelo out for his disingenuous reply, which was bathed in a thick coat of PR BS. One such indictment–posted by another startup founder–even garnered more upvotes than the original response. Read More

Taylor Tees Off

Here’s a Question: Why Does Quora Exist?

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If there’s one thing I hate more than Alex Trebek acting like he knows the answers to the questions on Jeopardy, it’s Quora, the place where narcissistic technology hangers-on go to dress up dumb ideas in big words and start-up jargon.

To show you how easy it is to be Quora–or Ask Jeeves, or Facebook Questions, or Google Questions, or Allexperts.com–I’m starting my own question and answer site right here in this very column. If I’m half as lucky as Quora, I should get $150 million. Read More