Stack overflow – company overview

Stack Overflow is an internet Q&A platform that was created in 2008 by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky. It was created as a more open alternative to earlier Q&A sites such as Experts-Exchange. Stack Overflow’s name was chosen by a poll. The poll was carried out in April 2008 by readers of Coding Horror, Atwood’s popular programming blog. Stack Overflow is renowned as one of the largest, most trusted online communities for anyone that codes to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. The site racks in more than 50 million unique visitors each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities.

Stack Overflow teams up with other businesses to help them understand, hire, engage, and enable the world’s developers. Stack Overflow’s products and services are focused on developer marketing, advertising, technical recruiting, and enterprise knowledge sharing. Stack Overflow has grown to be one of the most used resources for programmers trying to solve a common problem. Stack Overflow has grown due to the fact that tons of people joined to ask their own questions. Questions on Stack Overflow are often among the first search results in any programming related Google search.


Stack Overflow’s site was designed and released by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky in 2008.  Stack gained most of its new users wen, Jeff Atwood sent out invitations encouraging his subscribers to take part in the private beta of the new website, limiting its use to those willing to test out the new software, on 31 July 2008. Later that year, it was announced that the public beta version was in session. This allowed the general public to be able to use it to seek assistance on programming related issues. The  final design and Name of the Stack Overflow was decided by a voting process. The logo of the site was decided in the same poll. 

it was announced that Stack Overflow had raised $6 million in venture capital from a group of investors led by Union Square Ventures, On 3 May 2010. Later that year, Stack Exchange was Network launched, bringing Stack Overflow style Q&A to new topics. This number is now at 133. In 2011, Stack Overflow Careers(a job finding platform) was launched (now named Stack Overflow Talent). Also in 2011, Stack Overflow’s Series B had raised $12M led by Index Ventures with participation from Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. In 2012, Stack Overflow Careers launched its first localized site. It was intended for German speakers. French speaker got theirs a year later. In 2013 their Series C raised $10M, it wasled by Bezos Expeditions. By 2014 they had designed and shipped native Android and iOS mobile apps. They also launched localized sites in Portuguese and Japanese the same year.

2015s Series D raised about $40M and it was led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Index Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures. Their next big move was 2016s Stack Overflow Enterprise launch. It gave companies with large developer teams access to a secure, private instance of Stack Overflow for Q&A. Then in 2018, Stack Overflow for Teams joined Enterprise as a private Q&A solution for development teams of any size., Teams is used by over 1,000 small companies and start-ups. Just less than six months after its launch

Again in 2018, Stack Overflow’s Welcome Wagon was launched, as data scientists, developers, long-term community managers, and UX specialists in Stack evolved their Code of Conduct, commenting, and other features to make the site more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive.

Stack Overflow promoted Prashanth Chandrasekar to become its chief executive officer and Teresa Dietrich as its chief product officer, In 2019.


Like all companies founded in 2008, Stack Overflow has participated in 3 rounds of funding. In total it has raised about $58.3M. Its last funding round was on Feb 2011 for a total of $12.3M.


Stack Overflow is headquartered in New York, New York. Prashanth Chandrasekar is the CEO of Stack Overflow. Stack Overflow’s investors include Index Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures. Stack Overflow’s main competitors are Quora, Chegg and Reddit. As of August 2019, Stack Overflow has 493.9K fans on Facebook and 6.8K followers on Twitter.