Laura Dobrzynski-Gessner

community March 26, 2012

Stack Overflow Meetup Everywhere: April 28, 2012

Last year’s Stack Overflow Meetups were a success, with over 2000 people participating around the world. We’re happy to announce that the Second Annual Stack Overflow Meetup Day is April 28, 2012. Because the Stack Exchange network grew so much over 2011, we’ve decided our Meetup day should grow, too. This year we’re calling on…
background December 23, 2011

Earned a Stack Overflow gold badge” Badges!

After much anticipation, we are happy to announce that our friends at Nerd Merit Badges have created a Stack Overflow GOLD Badge. That’s right: If you’ve earned one of our virtual gold badges on Stack Overflow, you’ve put a lot of work into doing something awesome. We give you flair so you can direct people around the Internet to your profile…
community December 15, 2011

Own Your Community

Each of our 73 sites has a common goal: to own their community. Taking ownership means (in part) figuring out how to promote the site, make it attractive to newcomers, and make the awesome content and community even more awesome. While we have internal- and external-facing teams of employees to help with this, Stack Exchange…
uncategorized November 18, 2011

Give a damn. Give lots of damns. More than anyone.

This is probably my favorite piece of advice from Alexis Ohanian, best known as the co-founder of Reddit. I attended a talk he gave a few days ago in NYC called “Making Something People Love,” which was advice for start-ups (founders, and by extension, their small, versatile staffs) based on Alexis’s experiences at Reddit, Hipmunk,…
uncategorized September 30, 2011

Minimum Viable Personality – we can has?

Words of wisdom from Fake Grimlock: CHICKEN LIVE IN CAGE. NO CAN HAVE PERSONALITY INSIDE CAGE. LAST STEP IS SMASH CAGE, LIGHT BARN ON FIRE. DO THAT, YOU WIN. Grimlock’s guest post on Fred Wilson’s blog is chock full of robo-monster speak goodness about the minimum viable personality of a company. This last step, quoted above,…
photography August 10, 2011

Everybody loves swag!

Even though we already have some awesome Stack Exchange merch for sale on our website, each of our sites is special. New sites graduate from beta on a regular basis (like Bicycles just the other day!), and they need their own swag. Right now, my domain is Photography. Everybody loves a t-shirt, sure, but we…