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Adam D'Angelo is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Quora, an online knowledge market based in Mountain View, California. He was chief technology officer of Facebook, and also served as its vice president of engineering. He left Facebook in 2008. In June 2009, he started Quora with Charlie Cheever, another early Facebook employee

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I really like knowledge and reading books and just generally immersing myself in information.

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When you look at Yahoo Answers, there can be a lot of garbage. But if you're careful about the rules and supporting good contributions, over time you can get better and better, like Wikipedia.

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Blogs are easy to start, but unless the author is famous, it takes years to build a following.

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Anything you want to know, you go to Quora and get it. And at the same time, give people a platform that is easy to use for sharing the knowledge.

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I've really enjoyed starting Quora from the beginning. It's really nice to have a new start to things.

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A lot of people really like to answer questions, and they really enjoy sharing their knowledge. Especially people who have valuable knowledge.

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In the past, there hasn't been much reliable information about startups and small businesses available online. It's information that's really valuable, and it's information that people want to share.

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We need to build systems that can automatically figure out what's high quality and what's not, and encourage users to contribute high-quality content. There's a lot of technical challenges in that.

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I think a lot of what the iPad app is going to be used for is just reading the best content on Quora. It really helps the whole system run because people who are writing answers can get this very wide distribution to a large audience of readers.

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Focus on the long term, and always do what's right to grow the company and not make short-term decisions. And outlast everyone one.

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Wikipedia is kind of extreme, where a very, very small group of people contribute pretty much everything.

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If you imagine your friend is recommending you content on a topic they're an expert on, they can do a really good job of that. They know what you're interested in, they know your personality, they know if you have a scientific type of mind-set or not.

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The Internet was supposed to allow anyone to set up a web page and share their knowledge with the world. But in practice, it's too difficult and takes too long, and almost no one does it.

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You have to get comfortable giving up control, and you find people who do things better than you do. Quora now does better with the team we have built.

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We want Quora to last forever, and in order to last forever, it's going to need to have revenue. One of the best things about ads is that you don't need to exclude anyone.

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