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How can I buy stock in Stack Overflow? Who should I contact in order to make a purchase?

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Stock in SO can only be purchased in millions of shares, using a million unicorn bill. – Tim Post Jan 27 '11 at 3:58
@Tim can I write a check? I have my unicorn horn quill. – Rafe Kettler Jan 27 '11 at 3:59
What's the exchange rate between bacon and unicorns? – TCPMAN.EXE Jan 27 '11 at 4:02
Not helping people, not helping....but funny – user156375 Jan 27 '11 at 4:10
I've got a super awesome software thingy you can invest in. Pls give me your monies kthx. – Won't Jan 27 '11 at 14:41
I am sure if you send money to Jeff, he will tell what an awesome person you are. Invest in your self esteem! (Serious answer: SO is a private company like @Rafe mentioned in his answer) – Troggy Jan 28 '11 at 23:49

You can't, it's a privately held company (you could probably invest, but not in any small amount).

As for who you can contact, if SO ever goes public (only Jeff and Joel can know that), you'd just call your broker.

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You can approach Stack Overflow Internet Services, Inc., located in New York, and ask them if you can invest. If they are interested you will need to figure out a valuation that makes sense. They are a funded company so it wont be cheap to get in. The other alternative is to watch the second market sites like or and when someone is looking to unload shares jump on it.

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I'm sure that if you have enough money then Jeff & Joel et al will be pleased to take some off you. It may take a bit to convince them though.

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Somebody offered them $100K live on the podcast - they refused – Martin Beckett Jan 27 '11 at 4:00
Thats because it was live – user156375 Jan 27 '11 at 4:09
@user were you there? – Rafe Kettler Jan 27 '11 at 5:07
I see, and how do I contact Jeff and Joel? – user156375 Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
Jeff reads meta a lot -- he'll probably see this – Rafe Kettler Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
probably???? I need a definitely. – user156375 Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
@user I'm sure Jeff will read this, but I'm not sure what you want from him; Rafe already pointed out that they're not publicly traded – Michael Mrozek Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
Doing a private trade would be the logic choice. Hence why contacting him is needed. – user156375 Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
@user That seems...unlikely. But you can always e-mail about it – Michael Mrozek Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
so Jeff himself, will not respond to me? I will not disclose how much I wish to invest here, but I will say it could be interesting. – user156375 Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
Go to New York, find their office, and make it rain! -> "How can I contact you?" – Andrew Jan 27 '11 at 5:59
@user: i find it curious that despite all the jokes flying around about your intentions you are still serious.... what do you know that we don't? – slugster Jan 27 '11 at 9:17
I find it bizzare that people wouldnt want to invest in SO. I just want to contact Jeff is all. – user156375 Jan 27 '11 at 22:14
@user156375 hey, I want to invest in Valve, too... but Gabe Newell makes too much money to give up any ownership. I suspect SO is the same way. – Rafe Kettler Jan 28 '11 at 15:58