Why Adam D’Angelo Quit his Job as CTO of Facebook

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews / September 16, 2010

adam-dangeloLeaving a job as CTO of Facebook may seem a little crazy but not for Adam D’Angelo. He had no problem leaving Facebook to pursue his own startup idea Quora. Quora is a platform that allows people to ask questions and get answers…think Yahoo Answers. However the site is apparently different because of who is answering and asking. With people like Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreessen and Fred Wilson contributing regularly on the site.

Recently Business Insider did a great interview with this young entrepreneur and found out some great info about Quora’s plans and Adam’s relationship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Some of the questions he answers are:

  • How entrepreneurs can benefit from Quora
  • Where the idea for Quora came from
  • Business lessons learned from Facebook
  • How to scale a startup and keep quality
  • What it’s like to have VCs throwing money at you
  • What’s with Gen-Y and entrepreneurship?

Right now Quora is being supported by venture capital as it gets up and running. He said that they are focused on building good content rather than revenue at this point. Most young entrepreneurs do not have this advantage and in most cases it would not be recommended. However when you were the CTO of Facebook you have a few resources that most people don’t have access to.

He also notes in the interview how the landscape for starting businesses has changed even since Facebook started in 2004.  He shows how today it is much easier to get up and running and that is a major reason for many more people starting companies.

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Read the full interview here

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