Quora

Is Quora’s quest for growth worth alienating key users?

With $50 million in the bank this summer and co-founder Adam D’Angelo saying the company wants to grow to 100 times its current size, Quora is clearly on a quest for new users. But the company needs to weigh carefully what it’s worth to get there.

Quora gets into the publishing business with new blogging platform

Looking for a new platform for blogging, and finding that existing sites aren’t sufficient? You might check out Quora’s new blogging platform, which it plans to release Wednesday, that will allow users to create posts on the site and share information.

Co-founder Charlie Cheever to take reduced role at Quora

Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever will have a reduced role at the company going forward, CEO and co-founder Adam D’Angelo wrote on the site Tuesday, marking a departure for the young company that was met with skepticism from regular Quora readers.

Thanks to Quora, now you can’t read anonymously

Quora launched a new feature that essentially takes away the option of reading anonymously (unless you opt-out) on its platform. This is part of the growing trend of passive sharing involving what one is reading on the web. And it’s not necessarily a good thing.

If Amazon’s Cloud Fails, Just Keep Smiling

Updated: Today, Amazon’s Web Services have hit some bumps in the road, taking down a variety of popular sites such as Foursquare, Quora and Paper.li. Since clouds do fail perhaps the best thing to do is provide information and maybe a dollop of humor.

Facebook Revamps Questions so People Might Just Use It

Facebook has redesigned its Questions feature, in what seems to be an admission that the original version wasn’t getting much traction. The new version, which focuses on asking questions of your friends, also seems designed to set it apart from services like Quora and Twitter.

Opinionaided’s Mobile Q&A App Snags $1M in Funding

The Q&A space is red-hot right now, but it’s not just Quora or Stack Overflow. Startup Opinionaided is announcing it has raised $1 million to expand its mobile, real-time, feedback service, which is getting noticed for its high engagement levels.

Stack Overflow Rides Experts & Order to Q&A Success

New York start-up Stack Overflow has been growing rapidly by focusing on specific content niches and pushing experts answers. The site is now poised to expand its career site as it looks to help its experts leverage their knowledge for better jobs.

Why Robert Scoble is Both Good and Bad for Quora

After initially celebrating Quora, social-media maven Robert Scoble has changed his mind. It might seem as though this is of interest only to Silicon Valley insiders, but it has focused another spotlight on some important hurdles that Quora has to face as it tries to grow.

So How Much Is Quora Worth?

For Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup, Quora it has been a scorching hot few weeks. Thanks to relentless media attention, the company started by Facebook alumni has now become one of the hottest consumer web companies in Silicon Valley. The question is how much is the company worth?

Can Quora Survive Its Growing Popularity?

Quora, the red-hot Q&A startup, depends on high-quality answers — and has deliberately kept things small in order to cultivate a knowledgeable community. But can it keep those virtues when its membership base is exploding and not everyone wants to play by the site’s rules?

Steve Case’s New Soapbox for Defending AOL: Quora

Steve Case, the founder of AOL and architect of the disastrous merger with media giant Time Warner in 2000, has been using the question-and-answer site Quora to respond to critics of that deal, and also to share his thoughts about the new AOL.

For Quora, the Community Is Everything

Quora founder Charlie Cheever doesn’t really like the word “community” that much. But whatever he chooses to call it, building one is at the core of what he is trying to do with the startup, along with his co-founder and fellow Facebook alumnus Adam D’Angelo.

Quora Opens Up to Search Engines, Facebook Stays Closed

Quora, the question-and-answer startup founded by two former Facebook employees, has opened its database up to search engines today. Facebook, however, prefers to keep the information from its recently launched Facebook Questions service to itself, saying it has no plans to be indexed by search engines.

Facebook Goes (Very) Public With Questions Product

Facebook beta-launches Questions today, a way to ask friends and friends of friends for advice and recommendations on any topic. What’s most surprising about this product is it’s entirely public — and that it’s awfully similar to Quora, the startup founded by former Facebookers.

How Quora Is Trying to Build an Ideal Society

What’s going on at Quora, seven months since announcing itself and a month after opening to the public? We visited co-founder Charlie Cheever at the company’s Palo Alto office to hear more about how the company is handling the dueling forces of growth and quality.

Is Quora Blocking Access by Facebook Employees?

A number of users of the Q&A startup Quora are reporting that the site is unavailable to Facebook employees using the corporate network. It’s not clear why the startup service would do this, unless it sees Facebook’s testing of a similar product as a competitive threat.

Quora Now Owns All Your Content

Quora is one of the few web services I actually enjoy using, mostly because of the high quality of engagement with other Silicon Valley people. But before letting me through the door today, it asked me to agree to its new terms of service.

Is Quora Worth $86 Million? Or $100 Million?

Quora, a company started by ex-Facebookers, has raised a large amount of capital at a mind-boggling valuation from Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler, an ex-Facebooker himself. Why is the company getting this super valuation? And is it really worth all that money? My take.

Hot Deals, Big Money: What's Up With Silicon Valley?

Foursquare is being actively wooed by four major venture capital investors, which are valuing it at between $50 million and $70 million. And it isn’t the only startup seeking a “big round” at a “big valuation” — indeed, big-ticket investments are making a comeback.

Gravity Launches Public Beta: Former MySpace Execs' Take on Forums

Gravity, a site meant to foster online conversations between people with common interests, became available to the public today. The company, founded by a trio of former MySpace executives and funded by Redpoint Ventures and August Capital, has built a, easy-on-the-eyes, snappy forum platform.