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If you go here: http://stackexchange.com/about/team, there are people who are working on sales or product manager.

What do they do?

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whoa .. there is only ~22 developer in 72 people team – NullPoiиteя Jan 13 '13 at 5:49
    
@NullPointer The number by him self is not good criterion - for example if you place two engines together in a cars this will be run faster or slower ? – Aristos Jan 13 '13 at 8:49
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There's an old saying: if the service is free to you, you're not the customer, you're the product – EnergyNumbers Jan 13 '13 at 9:10
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They sell ad placement, job postings on careers 2.0, and Stack Exchange software to large businesses.

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Ad placements? I have never seen an ad here on SE sites. – user208063 Jan 13 '13 at 4:24
    
@socr19991293 They are usually ads for other SE sites. If you have low rep, you will have more/bigger ads on the page. But yes, I see Careers 2.0 ads every single day. – Austin Henley Jan 13 '13 at 4:48
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There are also sponsored tags. – Shadow Wizard Jan 13 '13 at 7:31
    
@ShaWizDowArd Which ones ? o.O – AsheeshR Jan 13 '13 at 13:57
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@AshRj meta.stackoverflow.com/tags/sponsored-tags/info contains all the information, there is currently no list though. Example for very popular sponsored tag: android as you see, there is list of sponsored links. – Shadow Wizard Jan 13 '13 at 14:03
    
@ShaWizDowArd Nice. Do you know who suggested/thought-of it ? – AsheeshR Jan 13 '13 at 14:07
    
@AshRj looks like it exists from the very beginning of Stack Overflow, or early after. Who thought of it? Most likely either Jeff or Joel. – Shadow Wizard Jan 13 '13 at 14:21

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