My conversation with ex-Facebook CTO and Quora co-founder Adam D’Angelo

Quora is another site that quietly does the job needed by its users very well. LinkedIn used to have an excellent Q&A section, but since LinkedIn decided to put Q&A under “More” the majority of users do not use it. I checked the other day to see that only 137 questions from LinkedIn’s 200 million members were asked in a 24 hour period. There is also too much gaming and abuse by some of those answering which has lead to many of those better qualified to answer leaving the section, and in some cases the site alone for good.

Well done Quora for creating a great place to find answers.


To say that I have had a contentious relationship with former Facebook chief technology officer Adam D’Angelo’s three-year-old startup Quora would be an understatement. I’ve had my reasons for disagreeing with some of its policies relating to the content. Don’t get me wrong — I loved Quora before being turned off but now I use it like the “80 percent” consumers and rarely contribute to the site.

Despite the disagreements, just before the holidays kicked in, D’Angelo met with me in his Palo Alto offices, which house about 50 employees. Those who know him call him shy and quiet. And so I didn’t know what was in store for me. We ended up having a discussion that lasted about 45 minutes. Here are excerpts from that conversation.

Om: Adam, I have to say, the weekly email newsletter you guys send out is pretty damn good and enjoyable and…

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