An Apology to Quora

I feel bad. Today, I reacted strongly to Quora’s Blogs announcement. As an entrepreneur, there’s nothing worse than pouring your heart and soul into something, only to see others rip it apart simply because they are grumpy. For that, I sincerely apologize. Startups are tough and anyone who toughs it out deserves nothing but, “best of luck.”

Personally, I’m a nerd for products that are driven by fanatical beliefs. The types that make critics cringe and everyone else go, “whaaa??” Products like Snapchat (ephemerality is an inherent trait of communication), and Medium (the distribution of content should be determined by the quality of the idea not popularity of the author). In my opinion, Quora’s Q&A offering has a place right alongside those two. It’s a novel, bold perspective on publishing.

At first glance, Quora Blogs seems like a blog offering that is not much different than the rest (which explains my reaction). But I am too young and inexperienced to give Adam D’Angelo and his team anything but the benefit of the doubt. What we share is the hope that more people feel comfortable openly sharing their ideas online. It would make the world a better place, and if Quora Blogs helps to move that needle then it’s a worthy endeavor in my book.

Best of luck, Quora.