I'm not sure if I'm posting this question in the right area or even site. This question goes to Jeff Atwood primarily.
I know you guys say you did not use any investors to start up Stackoverflow.com but clearly you're paying for renting servers and who knows how many other costs such as disk, data redundancy, bandwidth, software licenses using BizSpark, etc.
So how much realistically did it take you first two employees alone (even jeff before he hired employee #2) to start this up monthly?
I'm asking because I'm looking to start up a .com (something not even developer related). Even though my site is not related, I am taking the same approach, no investors (and wifey doesn't want to get a loan or take any "risk" hehe yea right) and wondering how feasible this really is when trying to start up something with no money backing but solid plan hopefully when we sit down to create it. The fact is there are many start-up costs for even a site doing 1.5 million hits a month period.
By knowing start-up costs for this site and others who attempt to start up without any money in pocket it will give me a sense for reality.