Joel Spolsky (Stack Overflow)
The Cultural Anthropology of Stack Exchange
Software developers love Stack Overflow and know that it has a ... unique culture to it. But what isn't as well known is how the structure of the software and technology behind Stack Overflow is designed to help shape that community. We'll discuss some of the unique aspects of the Stack Overflow community, the basics of cultural anthropology, and how we've designed the sites to facilitate the community that our users ask for.
Joel Spolsky, founder and CEO of Stack Exchange, is a globally recognized expert on software development. His website Joel on Software is popular with programmers around the world. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers and most recently launched a group project management sharing tool, Trello.
Prior to this, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc. magazine.
Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree and is also a world-renowned speaker—he recently delivered the keynote at ERE’s spring expo. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper and helped found Kibbutz Hanaton.