• Quora Attempts To Cut Through The Noise With ‘Browse’

    Quora Attempts To Cut Through The Noise With ‘Browse’

    If you’re going to go through all the trouble of streamlining your Topic pages and creating Topic Groups, you might as well develop an over-arching way to get your users psyched about Topics. Quora Browse, a beautifully  redesigned Browse page that is once again an effort to prevent this type of user confusion surrounding ways to get to the content they care about. Read More

  • Quora Testing User Credits For “Ask To Answer” Questions

    Quora Testing User Credits For “Ask To Answer” Questions

    Quora has just launched a bundle of interesting initiatives over the past day or so, all signs that the Q&A site is trying to figure itself out. First of all, the company has begun testing something called “Ask to Answer Suggestions” where users start out with a budget of 500 Quora credits (Quoins?) and can offer to pay other users in credits to answer questions. The price… Read More

  • Quora Adds Video To Its Q&A Pages

    Quora Adds Video To Its Q&A Pages

    Quora, which is fresh of being one of the three chosen startups at Allen & Co conference, is adding the option to embed YouTube video in its answer pages, posts and question details this morning. The Q & A site recently redesigned in order to offer users a better way to search for content and this latest step is yet another in its effort to provide a better user experience. Read More

  • Allen & Co.’s Chosen Startups: Airbnb, Dropbox And Quora

    Allen & Co.’s Chosen Startups: Airbnb, Dropbox And Quora

    The Allen and Co. conference at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho is a peculiar beast. Press aren’t allowed to attend or cover any of the panels and aren’t allowed in the storied Duchin bar. In addition, attendees are not allowed to talk to the press about the content of any of the meetings which makes for some interesting adventures in reporting. Still, despite restrictions… Read More

  • The Celebrity Moment

    The Celebrity Moment

    Earlier this week Turntable.fm crossed a milestone. No, it wasn’t hitting a reported 140K users one month after launching, nor was it being added to the list of portfolio companies for First Round Capital (granted it was just a logo refresh from ┬áthe company’s previous product incarnation, StickyBits). In fact, the ultimate sign that the crowdsourced music service had arrived was… Read More

  • Inspired By Wikipedia, Quora Aims For Relevancy With Topic Groups And Reorganized Topic Pages

    Quora has just announced a redesign of its Topic Pages and the introduction of Topic Groups, aiming to make information discovery and navigation on the site a little bit easier. The motivation behind these changes is a thrust towards ease of search and content relevancy on Quora, as there is currently a ton of content on the site that people need to figure out how to navigate. Now instead of… Read More

  • Chris Dixon Interviews Charlie Cheever of Quora

    (Founder Stories) Quora's Charlie Cheever On Building A Disruptive Knowledge Platform

    Last week at Disrupt, Chris Dixon did a version of Founder Stories onstage with Quora founder Charlie Cheever. We learned that Quora is not looking to sell, but we also learned a lot more. For instance, what convinced Cheever to quit Facebook with co-founder Adam D’Angelo was that tried to “imagine a world where I knew everything that I wanted to know, as long as someone else in… Read More

  • Charlie Cheever on Developments in Quora

    Charlie Cheever Explains The Difference Between Quora And Wikipedia

    Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever not only doesn’t want to sell his hot start-up but – as he told me backstage earlier this week at Disrupt – he even has an explicit non-goal of not selling the company. Non-goals or not, Cheever has a lot to smile about. Traffic is up to record levels at Quora and the site continues to be a paragon of innovation in the social space. In… Read More

  • Airbnb, Quora, and Uber Will Shake Things Up At Disrupt NYC

    Airbnb, Quora, and Uber Will Shake Things Up At Disrupt NYC

    At Disrupt NYC, we’re all about startups. We’ve culled two dozen of the hottest startups from over 500 applicants to launch at the event (which starts May 23, get tickets here). We are also bringing startups well on their way to disrupting existing markets onstage to share their experiences. Two sessions I am particularly excited about will bring the founders of Airbnb, Uber… Read More

  • Google Realtime Search Quietly Adds Quora, Gowalla, Others

    Google Realtime Search Quietly Adds Quora, Gowalla, Others

    Google Realtime Search is nothing new. For months it has existed as its own area within the search engine’s navigation to search for things happening in realtime. But up until now, that has meant mainly Twitter (thanks to Google’s data deal with that company). But earlier today, it appears Google flipped the switch to make Realtime Search a lot more useful. Namely, they’ve… Read More

  • Formspring Names Ro Choy COO; Has Answered Three Billion Questions To Date

    It’s been a big month in the Marino-Choy household. No sooner did Lisa Marino get promoted to CEO of the would-be comeback-kid RockYou, than did her husband Ro Choy get named COO of the surging Q&A site Formspring. Read More

  • Principal Facebook Tech Recruiter Andy Barton Moves To Quora

    Quora is hiring! How do we know? Well Facebook Tech Recruiter and Team Lead Andy Barton just tweeted that today is his first day at the Q&A service. Leaving Facebook along with Barton is Facebook product manager Sandra Liu Huang. After spending 4 years at Facebook, Andy Barton possibly has the most stacked Rolodex of any person in his field especially with regards to tech talent waiting… Read More

  • With Disclaimers, Health And Legal Knowledge Can Now Flourish On Quora

    With Disclaimers, Health And Legal Knowledge Can Now Flourish On Quora

    As regular readers of this site will be aware, we love Quora. We love it because of the wealth of knowledge that has poured out of seemingly all corners of the tech sphere and into the service. But the service itself has much broader goals than that. They want to be the organized brain-dump for all human knowledge. That obviously means a lot of verticals beyond technology. And a new feature… Read More

  • StackOverflow's Joel Spolsky on Why Not All Q&A Sites Are the Same

    (Founder Stories) Stack Exchange CEO: "Nobody Wants To Find Yahoo Answers In Their Search Results"

    There sure are a lot of Q&A sites on the Internet, but not all Q&A sites are the same. In the Founder Stories video above, Stack Exchange CEO Joel Spolsky talks about the origins of Q&A sites and his competition. Stack Exchange operates Stack Overflow and other peer-reviewed knowledge sites. Spolsky minces no words in his contempt for the Big Daddy of Q&A sites, Yahoo… Read More

  • The Age Of Relevance

    The Age Of Relevance

    What’s the Next Big Thing after social networking? This has been a favorite topic of much speculation among tech enthusiasts for many years. I think we are already witnessing a paradigm shift – a move away from simple social sharing towards personalized, relevant content. The key element of the next big thing is the increasing significance of the Interest Graph to complement the… Read More

  • Sorry Entrepreneurs: You're Probably the Rule, Not the Exception

    I was in the air an average of 30 hours a month for the last two years, so I watched a lot of movies — typically semi-delirious on Ambien– that I wouldn’t ordinarily. One of those was the star-studded rom-com “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Note: You won’t see this movie at the Oscars tonight, or any night, and that’s not because it was… Read More

  • One Browser Input To Rule Them All: Here Come The Chrome Omnibox Extensions

    If Chrome’s best feature is its speed, it’s second best feature has to be the Omnibox. I’m still not sure why every browser doesn’t simply offer one box for both searching and typing in URLs. But the Omnibox is about to get even more powerful, as developers have started fleshing out extensions to take advantage of it. Google first talked about the Omnibox API back in… Read More

  • Quora vs. StackExchange: Why, Joel, Why?

    The Q&A land rush is on. Quora, of course, has been hyped to the moon, and not without reason. Fortune magazine recently profiled five more Q&A sites, and three new ones just launched: Cloudy, where your friends answer your questions via SMS; Setlr1, which is like Twitter for yes/no questions; and InboxQ, Q&A on Twitter. Is this a bubble full of copycats doomed to wither into… Read More

  • Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia

    Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia

    A lot of things about Facebook have been impressive, even by the Silicon Valley standards. Almost no other Valley company has reached so many people around the world so quickly. Few Valley companies have been considered important forces in causes as disparate as planning a party or a political uprising. Rarely has a kid in his early 20s held onto the CEO reins this long. And of course, no… Read More

  • Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana

    Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana

    Two years ago, when Dustin Moskovitz announced he was leaving Facebook to start a new company with fellow-Facebooker Justin Rosenstein most people thought one of two things: He’d had a falling out with Mark Zuckerberg or he was just crazy. What could be more exciting than Facebook? Moskovitz, of course, was Zuckerberg’s college roommate and co-founder of Facebook. If you get… Read More

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