12 thoughts on “Quora gets $50 million. Q: Why? A: Because it can…”

  1. If Quora fails, it will burst a massive hole in the Silicon Valley fantasy world that the anointed priesthood of Facebook and PayPal can do no wrong.

    1. Quora is a huge black hole for one’s productive time. It’s very easy to pop in and then realize to your horror that you have just wasted 2 hours of your life on absolute trivia. That’s what Quora is about basically. Trivia. I have seen a member since last summer and can’t report on anything important that I have learned there.

      The site also suffers from political infighting which leads to good but contrarian answers being downvoted into oblivion while the claptrap gets voted to the top.

      It’s little more than a place for Silicon Valley wannabes to waste time while pretending that they belong to something cool.

  2. You are right, Quora is not the massively disruptive company that many folks think it is. It is another Q&A site. However, in the right situation, it could be hugely valuable. My guess is that LinkedIn and Quora would make a great match. LinkedIn has zero engagement but a massive audience, and Quora has little ability to generate its own traffic but has great company content (something that LinkedIn is bulking up on). Best outcome would be for LinkedIn to purchase Quora before the valuations get further out of control.

    1. As an early adopter of the site, for a while I thought this would be a good way to publish and learn. That is still the primary purpose of the site and it does have great content, especially if you are willing to spend time looking for it. However, is it a major Internet destination or a company with a stratospheric valuation, well, probably not. If the co-founders want to run it as a hobby project, perhaps not such a bad thing.

  3. It was ‘silly season’ when Color got 41m. Quora getting 50m isn’t surprising, or unwarranted; Quora isn’t going anywhere, if anything it’s just hitting the mainstream web. Time will tell though.

  4. I would love to see some real stats on Quora. They must be fantastic because there’s no way this could be a sign of an emerging investment bubble!

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