Quora’s elegant community design wins it funding from Benchmark

Quora, the question-and-answer site that has become the new obsessive past-time of Silicon Valley insiders, raised funding in a first round led by Benchmark Capital. The company’s co-founders, Adam D’Angelo, who was Facebook’s chief technology officer and Charlie Cheever, who was another early Facebook engineer, also invested. Matt Cohler, another early Facebook executive, joins the board from Benchmark.

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