What I like about Quora

Ever since I first signed up on Quora I have been a big fan of the site. My reasons are the same that seems to hold for most people: The community is interesting, knowledgable and helpful and the quality of the questions and answers is far beyond what I have seen on any other Q & A sites.

Another interesting thing about Quora is the repository of high-quality knowledge and advice that is quickly being built around a lot of topics. For now those topics seem to mostly revolve around Silicon Valley and startups. This means that there is little to be learned about e.g. Italian or Danish startups but that could change. However in a country like Italy where few people speak English, I am sceptical that a solid knowledge base will be built, and in any case the answers will not necessarily be the best ones but the ones answered by the minority who speaks English.

Keeping Quora in English might make sense for the Silicon Valley-centric community but I think it could be more powerful if they chose to allow other languages as well. As an example of all the excellent content related to Italian startups, the facebook group Italian Startup Scene has a wealth of knowledge but organized in a very different, and much less structured way than Quora threads.

Finally, an excellent advantage of Quora has been discovery. Since joining Quora I have been exposed to a whole new group of brilliant people whose answers and opinions are very interesting. Since Quora is somewhat a hybrid between a blog and a place to get answers to specific questions lots of people I hadn’t previously heard of have proven to give excellent advice and answers. (blame my 5 years in business school for my veneration for bullet points)

If you are not on Quora and want to check it out feel free to send me an email and I can invite you.

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Posted: februar 2nd, 2011
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  • palbi

    The quality of content in Quora is pretty awesome but I think that as a service it is way over-hyped and I really have a hard time seeing it scale outside the start-up community.
    Start-ups that turns into real businesses build something that’s useful for the rest of the world not a toy for the inner circle

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716330190 Jesper Bergmann

    I completely agree that they have to make it useful for people outside the very small tech/silicon valley inner circle and I think that will be their big challenge if they want to keep the high level of quality. As it is know, I can’t explain my non-geeky friends why they should sign up for Quora, and that will have to change if they want mass adoption.

    However, I don’t think it’s fair dismissing it as a toy. It clearly shows that very knowledgable people are willing to share their knowledge for free and executed correctly I think that is much more relevant and useful to the rest of the world than a lot of other startups. For comparison Qwiki has received almost the same funding, and I think their interactive videos are a much more annoying way to present information.