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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

There's a lot in that announcement about "enabling developers and technologists". A large number of sites in the SE network are not about topics related to that. There is a signficant number ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

Congrats and good luck. As a former moderator who has long since abandoned hope that Stack Exchange will put money/actions to words regarding community, let me say: you now have a clear opportunity to ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

Just a comment on some of the wording: in amongst all the "Teams sales are up, ad sales are up, traffic is up, and we just signed our biggest ever enterprise sale", I found it surprisingly hard to ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

$85 million undoubtedly comes with major strings attached: a veritable obligatory-feature-request tag. Qn: What strings are attached? Without knowing precisely what those strings are, the community ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

I'm glad that maybe things might have turned a corner. That said, over the past decade or so we've had a few bright spots and a few dark ones, so I'd feel that it's a matter of consistency over time. ...
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SEI's recent business decisions and concerns about its long-term financial stability and growth

It seems that the OP is on to something. Just look at that recent blog post We’re making it easier to try Stack Overflow for Teams. Now, I can not tell you about the financial health of SE Inc (and ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

Having vocally expressed disappointed by SE management's handling of the Monica Cellio issue and its fallout - all disastrously bad - I'm at least happy at long last to see the CEO post on SE Meta, ...
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Will the public Q&A network stay completely free, and remain the company's main focus?

Since the content is all under some form of CC-BY-SA, attempting to put the core Q&A behind a paywall would be a more effective impetus for creation of an open-source Stack Exchange clone than ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

I have a couple of related questions about user engagement metrics and trends, based on a plot you showed in the blog post. I've made a couple of annotations: My question is threefold. First, what is ...
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Financially motivating the mods in the success of their sites

That would be a great way to change a straightforward gesture of goodwill into something messy and divisive. First, how do you propose to measure success? It's not just about quantity (of anything), ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

Thank you for the blog post and for talking with us here. It's greatly appreciated. Furloughing a large portion of the company had to be a hard decision and those of us who care about the company's ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

This is great and all, but the fact that it took you getting extra funding in order to replace the lost Community Managers shows they still aren't a priority. Without Community Managers the network ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

We plan to update the Moderator Reinstatement policy in May to potentially include the Moderator Council’s proposed involvement in the process. I don't understand why you would do that. Every site ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

You wrote, As I said there, our public community and commercial products are symbiotically linked. One cannot succeed without the other, and the more one prospers, the more it can propel the success ...
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Will the public Q&A network stay completely free, and remain the company's main focus?

I have a hard time believing that the core Q&A will ever be behind a paywall. That was the mistake Experts-Exchange made, Jeff Atwood talks about here and here. Joel Spolsky reiterated the ...
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SEI's recent business decisions and concerns about its long-term financial stability and growth

I sympathize why you want to know this (I also want to know), but it is entirely unreasonable to expect a straightforward answer. SE is a privately held company and they've been very reluctant to ...
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What is Stack Overflow's plan for continued growth as a company in 2020?

George Stocker (on Twitter) has a long thread about this and the community issues. basically Joel talks with Jason Calcanis about his leaving from Stack Overflow (recorded in April 2019), and ...
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Is SO/SE about to be sold (and does that explain recent events)?

Enforcing of PC culture and various related ideologies happens in many technological giants. News of employees being angry about internal policies, compelled speech, affirmative action, censorship, ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

You said: Along with the surge in traffic to our sites, we have also seen an encouraging lift in new users signing up for accounts. You can see the spike and continued lift that has been happening ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

status-completed And there has been a massive jump in traffic on Academia, up 245%, as students and teachers work to navigate this new world of remote learning. While I appreciate your ...
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How much is a Stack Exchange reputation point worth, roughly, to the company?

I wondered whether the company uses a rough conversion rate between reputation points and US dollars No, we don't. We don't attach monetary value to reputation. Never did, never will. It doesn't ...
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How much is a Stack Exchange reputation point worth, roughly, to the company?

In the last round of funding, 2015, the Stack Exchange valuation was around $460 million [USD]. Total reputation in each of the top ten sites* by number of users: Stack Overflow: 864,255,312 Super ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

Forcing us through the CoC to be overprotective towards new users and increasing rewards for low value questions like "What does print("dog") do in python?" will undoubtedly ...
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Will the public Q&A network stay completely free, and remain the company's main focus?

If "we now focus on revenue" was said two decades ago by a CEO with hardcore corporate background from the same age, that may mean putting paywalls and restricting free use. However, nowadays various ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

Frankly - it's happened before, and while we hope it won't happen again, it could. That's not counting the "realignment" which ostensibly moved resources to the very parts of the company now affected. ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

What about testing? Back in 2013, Marco Cecconi (who was a Stack Overflow developer at the time) mentioned in a talk that Stack Overflow has very few tests because of the awesome community that ...
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Is SO/SE about to be sold (and does that explain recent events)?

It doesn't have to be "sold", they could be reorganising and fundraising in order to set it up to be listed as an IPO. It does seem that the organisation is moving towards a more corporate style, ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

"As I said there, our public community and commercial products are symbiotically linked. One cannot succeed without the other, and the more one prospers, the more it can propel the success of the ...
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Introduce an optional "SE Gold" subscription so that we can support SE directly without ads + tracking + venture capital

The main benefit would be turning new Public Q/A and curation features into a viable revenue stream for the site. Sorry, I am already doing work for free. I do not want to also pay for it.
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