About Stack Exchange


Publication: 2013-08-23



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Stack Exchange


Stack Exchange is a growing network of individual communities, each dedicated to serving experts in a specific field.


  • ExpertsFrom programmers sharing answers on parsing HTML, to researchers seeking solutions to combinatorial problems, to photographers exposing lighting techniques, our communities are built by and for those best able to define them: the experts and enthusiasts.

  • Programmers

  • Researchers

  • Photographers

  • Jeff AtwoodWhere did Stack Exchange come from? In 2008, Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky created a site called Stack Overflow and brought together millions of computer programmers from around the world to help each other with detailed technical questions. That site was a phenomenal success, so, after securing a $6 million investment from Union Square Ventures, they created the Stack Exchange Network and started launching new sites in August of 2010. There are now 105 separate sites and over 64 million monthly unique visitors (as of November, 2012) -- and growing!

  • Joel SpolskyCEO -- Joel Spolsky is an expert on software development, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, and the co-creator of His website Joel on Software is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over thirty languages. He has written four books about software development, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress 2007). Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by millions.

  • Union Square Ventures

  • Michael PryorCFO -- In addition to his work as CFO for Stack Overflow, Michael Pryor is the president of Fog Creek Software. Michael graduated from Dartmouth College with an Honors B.A. in Computer Science (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude). He writes a column for Make Magazine called Puzzle This and runs the popular interview website

  • Jeff SzczepanskiVP of Products -- Jeff is the executive in charge of the definition and operations of the revenue bearing products and services of Stack Overflow including advertising sales, jobs listings, and the other careers related offerings. In this role, therefore, Jeff is also the most likely person to be demoted or fired if Stack Overflow's monetization plans don't work out. Prior to joining Stack Overflow, Jeff was Founder and CTO of Allworx Corp that reached a successful exit in late 2007. At Allworx, Jeff was responsible for the strategic direction of the Allworx business and leader of all product development including product definition and requirements of the entire product portfolio. Jeff is an active alumnus of the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with highest honors with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering.

  • David FullertonVP of Engineering -- David is the developer-turned-manager responsible for all software development and system administration at Stack Exchange. Before assuming the role VP of Engineering in January 2012, David worked as the development lead of Stack Overflow Careers. David joined Stack Exchange, Inc. from Fog Creek Software, where he worked briefly as the developer lead for Stack Exchange 1.0 and as a developer on the FogBugz team. He has a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

  • Jay HanlonVP of Community Growth -- Jay is responsible for driving the growth and continued health of our sites. His team ensures that our existing communities get the support they need to grow and flourish, and that we continue to expand the number of topics and users we serve. Jay graduated with an Honors B.A. in Drama from Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Stack Exchange, he worked for 15 years at Merrill Lynch, where he started as an administrative temp answering phones, and worked his up to a role as a Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management Capital Markets. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

  • Brad BurnhamMember of the Board of Directors -- Brad Burnham began his career in information technology with AT&T in 1979. He held a variety of sales, marketing and business development positions there until 1990 when he spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories, which was a catalyst for the creation of AT&T's venture capital arm, AT&T Ventures. In 1993, Brad joined AT&T Ventures as an Executive in Residence. He became a principal there in 1994 and a General Partner in 1996. Currently, Brad is a partner in Union Square Ventures, and board member for a number of web 2.0 companies. Brad has a BA in Political Science from Wesleyan University, is married with two kids and lives in New York.

  • Anil DashMember of the Board of Directors -- Anil Dash is a pioneering technologist and blogger; his site,, began in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Anil is the first partner in Activate, a consulting firm that advises companies at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology. He is also the founding Director of Expert Labs, an independent non-profit which creates new web technologies to help policy makers tap into the expertise of the public. Previously, Anil was employee #1 and Chief Evangelist at Six Apart Ltd, and that work was preceded by roles in the newspaper and music industries. A recognized expert on web technology, web culture and the software industry, Anil has delivered keynote presentations around the world.

  • Neil RimerMember of the Board of Directors -- Neil Rimer is a Partner of Index Ventures which he founded in Geneva with Giuseppe Zocco and David Rimer. Neil started the venture capital activity of Index's predecessor firm, later co-founding Index Ventures and raising the firm's first fund in 1996. Prior to this, Neil spent four years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco. Neil's current investment interests include Internet media, e-commerce, entertainment and education businesses as well as capital-efficient, information-oriented cleantech companies. Neil also sits on the board of Human Rights Watch and has also served on the board of U.C. Sampdoria, a football club competing in the Italian Serie A. He has a BA. in History and Economics from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Stack Exchange ModeratorsWe believe moderation starts with the community itself, so in addition to privileges earned through reputation, each site periodically holds democratic moderator elections. If the site is not yet large enough to support an election, we will appoint moderators from within the community. Please see Theory of Moderation for information on our moderation philosophy... If you see anything in the system that is evil, weird, or in any way exceptional and deserving of moderator attention for any reason ... flag it! That's the primary job of a moderator: to look at every flagged post, and take action if necessary. Moderators also have some special abilities necessary to handle those rare exceptional conditions: * Moderator votes are binding. Any place we have voting -- close, open, delete, undelete, offensive, migration, etc -- that vote will reach the threshold and take effect immediately if a single moderator casts a vote. * Moderators can lock posts. Locked posts cannot be voted on or changed in any way. * Moderators can protect questions. Protected questions only allow answers by users with more than 10 reputation. * Moderators can see more data in the system, including vote statistics (but not ‘who voted for this post') and user profile information. * Moderators can place users in timed suspension, and delete users if necessary. * Moderators can perform large-scale maintenance actions such as merging questions and tags, tag synonym approvals, and so forth.

  • Jeanne HolmOpen Data Community Moderator

  • Patrick HoeflerOpen Data Community Moderator