Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work

Uber, a San Francisco-based personal transportation oriented startup, is facing a backlash from a few of its drivers. But the confrontation is less about Uber and more about the challenges facing a society being rebuilt because of connectedness.

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.

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.

Can Quora build a for-profit version of Wikipedia?

The $50-million funding round that Quora recently closed has raised some eyebrows. Is this just another example of a bubble-style atmosphere in Silicon Valley’s venture capital community, or is the crowdsourced question-and-answer site really onto something that could be a multibillion-dollar idea?

Quora gets $50 million. Q: Why? A: Because it can…

Quora, a Q&A service has raised a whopping $50 million in funding from co-founder Adam D’Angelo along with Facebook funder Peter Thiel, Northbridge Ventures and Matrix Ventures. One of the most over-hyped startups, the question is why is it valued so highly despite mediocre progress.

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.

Rising Cost of Facebook Infrastructure; CTO Resigns

Last month, I wrote about Facebook’s insatiable hunger for hardware. Over the weekend, Spencer Ante of Business Week reported that Palo Alto-based social networking company had raised about $100 million from Triplepoint Capital, a venture lending operation. “It will be used entirely for servers,” Facebook Chief Financial Officer Gideon Yu told Business Week’s Ante. That gives us a sense of how much hardware is gulping down.

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