Has Co-founder Charlie Cheever Been Pushed Out by Quora Insiders?
It’s beginning to look that way and Silicon Valley is abuzz with speculation over more departures. Actually this is just one more exit in a long continuous talent exodus. Since it’s launch Quora has done a superb job of driving away its best contributors leaving behind only the pompous windbags and those shallow enough to be impressed by them.
The Failed Quora Business Model
For those who don’t know Quora, it was an attempt by a group of ex-Facebookers to cash in on the Wikipedia concept. Quora was created to provide the platform and the rest of us were supposed to do the hard part of creating the actual content. The problem was that the plan called for enriching the founders and shareholders without providing any rewards to the content creators. A business model like this can only go for so long before even the dimmest users catch on. According to Silicon Valley insiders, it was only a matter of time before people realized that they were in fact working for free in a digital sweat shop to further enrich a group of Facebook millionaires.
Here’s the latest breaking news on Quora.
Quora is buzzing with speculation regarding the sudden departure of one of its founders, Charlie Cheever, only four months after the company received an infusion of $50 million. In an answer to the question entitled, Charlie Cheever: What is Charlie Cheever’s status at Quora as of September 11th, 2012?, Adam D’Angelo, Cheever’s ex-partner and Quora cofounder, said, “We decided it was best for Charlie to step away from his day-to-day role at the company.” Users immediately called out D’Angelo for his use of PR speak and, specifically, his “we decided” language. The use of such an impersonal, bland cliché naturally causes the reader to wonder whether Charlie was simply fired. (Why Quora Won’t Scale)
The list of problems with Quora is a long one as the article explains:
- -A deeply corrupted voting system.
- -Heavy users who create high school style cliques to drive off good contributors.
- -Heavy-handed censorship by the staff and Quora’s Political Correctness Commissars.
- -And perhaps most importantly a thoroughly unpleasant user experience where one is constantly harassed by the moderators.
Perhaps Charlie finally accepted that it was a deeply flawed business model from the start and lost faith?
Either way, it’s interesting to watch the implosion of one of Silicon Valley’s most heavily flogged startups in years.
Business Lesson from the Quora business model: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool ALL of the people ALL of the time. – Abraham Lincoln