The Abstract Truth

StackOverflow is the Answer

Posted by rbpasker on May 9, 2010

The internet has always been about tapping collective intelligence, and, indeed, my very first public use of the internet on March 23d, 1989, was a question.

As Internet usage shifted from USENET to WWW, so, too has the technology for human-powered answers to our burning questions. We’ve had, Yahoo! Answers, Google Q&A, Linkedin Answers, and recently Hunch and Aardvark (acquired by Google for a reported $50MM).

The main problem with these sites has been keeping the signal-to-noise ratio high.

StackOverflow solves this problem is a number of well established, clever ways: reputations, voting, bounties, and merit badges, and it has become the de facto site for technologists to get questions answered. (

I’m honored to be backing a great team led by two extraordinary technologists: Joe “On Software” Spolsky and Jeff “Coding Horror” Atwood.

Stay tuned. More answers are coming.

2 Responses to “StackOverflow is the Answer”

  1. James said

    Hey Bob,

    I am using StackOverflow for several positions. Not a tremendous number of leads, but the few that have trickled through are of very good quality.



  2. Killian Murphy said

    Nice. It’s a very useful site indeed, great to see a friend involved.


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