It's already old news that Google bought vark.com, which have a similar purpose but is nothing like this. Yet, thanks to that, maybe it's unlikely they'd have any interest.

So maybe some other have an interest? It's probably popping out into many companies eyes by now and for some time.

Well, what do you think? Got any inside views? Just speculating?

I think if it doesn't sell within 2 years, it could be big enough on its own.

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    A legitimate concern. A company's "suck factor" almost always increases with its size and/or change of ownership. Sometimes it even outpaces it by orders of magnitude. Let's hope SO doesn't go that route.
    – raven
    Commented Mar 13, 2010 at 0:24
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    ...it could be big enough on its own. - Big enough for what? Is this an actual question or just asking for a psychic reading? Commented Mar 13, 2010 at 0:50
  • When? Not 6 to 8 weeks I hope...
    – o.k.w
    Commented Mar 13, 2010 at 2:48
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    Just sayin': meta.stackexchange.com/questions/20668/…
    – John Rudy
    Commented Mar 13, 2010 at 14:47
  • Vote to close: "useless speculation"
    – Ether
    Commented Mar 13, 2010 at 18:00
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    it was just bought stackoverflow.blog/2021/06/02/prosus-acquires-stack-overflow
    – scunliffe
    Commented Jun 2, 2021 at 16:58
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    @scunliffe thanks for the feedback!
    – cregox
    Commented Jun 13, 2021 at 17:12

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I don't know if it will be, but if it is... it will happen in six to eight weeks.


Jeff and Joel talk about seeking venture capital near the beginning of Podcast #85. From that conversation, it sounds like they really want to keep control of SO. I don't think they're going to sell it any time soon.

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