30 thoughts on “So How Much Is Quora Worth?”

  1. The difference with Quora and the tons of other Q&A sites is “senior Silicon Valley executives who have answered questions about their companies and shared experiences”. The real question is whether they will hang around as it gets more popular and the questions drift to topics covered by other sites- e.g. coffee shops with WiFi.

    1. I think that is indeed the question not only we will like to know, but it is something that keeps the guys from Quora awake as well. I have started using the site a lot less these days mostly because it is becoming too noisy and less delightful. That is a challenge, Charlie and Adam will have to solve.

  2. Quora offers an absolutely dreadful user experience and word is preading. If you like being followed around by quora’s version of the high school hall monitor and having half your posts either nuked and graded an F by some anonymous coward, then by all means hang out there. If you don’t have patience for wading through thousands of Yahoo Answers quality questions, then avoid the place like the plague.

    1. exactly, i got banned within the first week by one of Quora’s “hall monitors”…beware asking anything but the most appriopriate questions on this pos of a site.
      do the hall monitors on Quora *ever* stray outside the site, I don’t think so, I regularly trash Quora on the major social media sites (including GigaOM!) and I’ve never them even try to defend themselves.

  3. How did this story not get posted to TechCrunch? They usually write at least one story about how great Quora is every day.

    Privately held startups are becoming the new penny stocks – pump and dump, all part of the greater fool syndrome.

    1. KenG, that is rich 🙂

      Well, I am just letting you know the facts. As a group, we have been interested in Quora long before its current hype, mostly because I believe the Q&A and curated exchange of information is part of the future of the Internet.

      Just as Quora, we care about StackOverflow and a score of other companies that are helping with discovery of content, especially around vertical challenges. I would put Flowspring in that category.

      What you would not see us do, become obsessed about the site enough to the detriment of everything else we do. And if I do, trust me, I know when to leave my readers alone.

      Also if they are indeed penny stocks, there is not stock being traded handed. What is being traded is your attention. I think for that you as an INternet user have a choice to see, try and ignore. I think that is the right approach to take on most of the new services. I personally started out using Quora a lot, but now find it less useful and as a result I don’t go back as much.

      1. Om, I was teasing TechCrunch more than you, as they had seemingly been posting daily on Quora, and I just can’t understand why, as I just don’t see its value.

        My reference to penny stocks was made because so many privately held web startups seem to have their PR machines in overdrive, and not so much blathering about their products, but rather about their valuation on the private markets. My take is that the early investors have realized their investment is not as good of an idea as they thought, and they are hyping the company in the hopes that somebody will buy them at a higher valuation.

        They (the privately held startups of questionable value) do get my attention, but only because the tech blogs are saturated with stories about how great they are, and how they are just like Facebook or Twitter, which of course, are the next Google. I can ignore it, or I can make enough snarky comments so these stories disappear. Snarky is more fun than ignoring, and yields better results.

      2. That is very well said Om. The user’s attention is the real currency on the internet and people need to ration out what they give their attention to. As it is most of it gets wasted on facebook twitter and the likes. And most other companies try to get a piece of it through various antics – free stuff or other ways to massage the user’s ego (three words.me)

  4. I think most people who actually looked at Quora in the publicity blitz after Christmas (outside of the Silicon valley bubble) tried it and said “meh”. (Judging by the lack of chatter about Quora on my twitterstream after the week 1 “I am answering”, anyway)

    In fact the only “Quora” twts I see now are from the Silicon Valleyites, mainly TechCrunch but now et tu, Om?

    Our week 1 analysis IMO still stands, ie there is no sustainable advantage, there are major issues with scaling, and loads of niche competitors – never mind the existing sites and Yahoo Groups that also do this job.

    As to our view on the Amazing Quora PR Push, which is more interesting than the company in many ways, that is here:


    Et Tu, Om?

    1. Alan

      I am not sure what is the point you are trying to make? So there is a lot of interest in this company and they are getting a lot of investor attention. I think that is a good thing for Quora, the start-up. Will it be a good business — i am not sure, and even the founders don’t quite know that just yet.

      1. My main point – the fundamentals don’t seem to support the Silicon Valley hype on this one, the corollary being that the hype does not seem to be grassroots driven.

  5. It’s so good to hear the voices of reason from you guys(commenting). It’s funny to see the buzz get so loud around this thing. So you built a one-word-named yahoo answers, good job.
    So what? You just mention fb execs and get funding immediately now? How the hell did anyone think this was unique..or even good?

    1. Nathan

      I am not sure about your comment so having a tough time answering it to your satisfaction. I agree, the buzz around this is “off the hook.” I went away for a month long vacation and suddenly these guys are the greatest thing since MySpace or whatever.

      I came back to a service that has become less useful and more noisy. But it has become bigger and thus it is now interesting to investors who are looking to invest in a company that is perceived to have momentum and technology-base. (In this case FB engineering talent is pretty solid.). So there you have it — lot of people interested in this company.

      For me the real test is how many times they make me coming back and if they can keep the service useful. The time I devote to them in a day is the only right metric of success in my books.

      Anyway too long an answer 😉

  6. Quora, at the moment, is “worth” whatever the deal got priced at — market economics at work. the $ number discussion is moot.

    As far as predictions about its usefulness or longevity go, I think they are clearly on to something interesting — getting that many people engaged will have value. if they amass an index of all things useful, it will become a very valuable place to go to find answers and information — “information” always has value, especially if its what lots of people are looking for. Just look at the entrepreneur related questions on the site — better info than venturehacks or Y-c for potential entrepreneurs around the world. And I hope as their audience grows beyond early adopters, they will collect (and their audience will curate) equally valuable information about other topics like growing organic grains or coffee or picking a course of study or a profession etc etc etc

    Quora may have started as a valley echo-chamber, but has grown beyond that phase I believe.

  7. This is just another company living in the “bubble” again… TC always writes about them …I suppose they are part of the collusion that goes on in Silicon Valley where everyone hypes a company and a few people cash in on it ….there is nothing redeemable about quora except a bunch of those very people asking questions?

  8. By the way, I read your book after enrolling in the Tycoon Playbook course. Now I understand why it’s a keystone component. Well done.

  9. Quora is really just a fancy forum. Forums are often over looked in the industry. The fact is that they are niche social networks and a great place for advertisers to brand themselves to a specific audience.
    I think Quora is way over valued but most forums are way under valued. I guess a fancy skin and being in the right niche pays off well.

  10. This is the case when money was invested not into an excellent product or original idea but into the team of founders (of course, if you are former CTO of Facebook you are in position when you can expect multiple offers from VCs). Sadly but there is nothing new or even interesting in Quora service itself. $300M valuation is just another sign of artificially inflating post -web 2.0 -bubble we are witnessing right now (FB, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter and now – Quora). It seems that a lot of money have been invested, by someone who is going to profit on this bubble in a near term, into mass media PR company. I have to admit that this PR is extremely successful.

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