Q&A

  • Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

    Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

    Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better than another than try to write it out for them. Read More

  • Google launches Slides Q&A to help presenters connect with their audiences

    Google launches Slides Q&A to help presenters connect with their audiences

    Google is launching Slides Q&A today, a new feature for Slides, its PowerPoint competitor. With Slides Q&A, presenters can get questions and general feedback from their audience — and audience members can vote for their favorite questions. Slides Q&A is rolling out globally today. Presenters who want to use it will see a button in the Slides presenter view to kick off a… Read More

  • Quora’s first acquisition is Arab Spring instigator’s Q&A site Parlio

    Quora’s first acquisition is Arab Spring instigator’s Q&A site Parlio

    “Ex-con” isn’t normally something you find on a founder’s resume. But Google employee Wael Ghonim went to jail for sparking the Egyptian Revolution. Now he might be wearing some golden handcuffs instead, as his startup Parlio just became Quora‘s first acquisition. Parlio’s goal was to spread knowledge — a similar objective to Quora. But rather… Read More

  • Genius Hub Is Like A Paid Version Of Reddit’s AMA

    Genius Hub Is Like A Paid Version Of Reddit’s AMA

    Reddit’s traffic may be climbing amid its recent controversy and turmoil, but the company’s fate is now more questionable than before. And that means it’s time for competitors to swoop in to take advantage of Reddit’s inability to target those users looking for an alternative experience. Read More

  • Enquire Is A Lightweight Q&A App To Explore Your Neighborhood

    Enquire Is A Lightweight Q&A App To Explore Your Neighborhood

    Meet Enquire, yet another Q&A app. But this time, it’s all about creating a simple experience to discover new things in your neighborhood. You don’t have to share images like on Jelly, you can’t ask non-location-based questions like on Quest. It’s all about tuning into your neighborhood and reading and participating with the public feed of questions and… Read More

  • Ask Pinterest Anything? Site Tests Q&A Feature

    Ask Pinterest Anything? Site Tests Q&A Feature

    Jelly, Quora, Yahoo (sometimes to absurd ends), and others have looked to question-and-answer services as a way to boost user engagement and advance conversations. Now another player could be entering the fray: Pinterest has confirmed to us it is testing out a new Q&A feature, too. “We’re always gathering feedback from Pinners to make Pins more useful,” a… Read More

  • Fixit Site Fixya Launches Services For Small Businesses And Companies

    Fixit Site Fixya Launches Services For Small Businesses And Companies

    Fixya, the site that gives do-it-yourselfers tips for fixing broken stuff, is launching a new service aimed at connecting local repair shops and service providers with people in need of assistance. “We created this program as more of a funnel. So here’s a way for a small business to generate traffic for themselves and get traction in their local areas,” says Fixya chief… Read More

  • Quora Wants To Stay Independent, Raises $80M Series C From Tiger Global At ~$900M Valuation

    Quora Wants To Stay Independent, Raises $80M Series C From Tiger Global At ~$900M Valuation

    Startups get acquired and shut down. That threat could scare people out of writing deep answers on Quora’s Q&A site. So it’s just raised an $80 million Series C because “We specifically want to stay independent for the long-term”, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo tells me. Sources close to the deal tell me the round values Quora at around $900 million. Read More

  • Mobile Q&A App Jelly Now Lets You Ask Location-Based Questions Routed To Nearby Users

    Mobile Q&A App Jelly Now Lets You Ask Location-Based Questions Routed To Nearby Users

    While the shine and novelty quickly wore off Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s mobile Q&A app Jelly, the company has continued to iterate on its product – the picture-based search service that lets you ask your friends and extended network the kind of questions where the injection of a personal opinion is valued more than a list of links to click, as on Google. Today, the… Read More