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A globally recognized leader in software development, Joel Spolsky is currently the founder and CEO of Stack Overflow, the Q&A site for programming questions. Chances if you're a developer or have had a programming question, you've visited the site. Reaching more than 50M people in a month, Stack Overflow is an authoritative crowdsourced site that serves as the first point of reference for the development community. The company has grown to employ more than 250 employees.
Stack Overflow emerged from Fog Creek Software, which Spolsky launched in 2000 with Michael Pryor; initially as a consultancy. Fog Creek is also is responsible for project management tool Trello, which the company launched in 2011 and spun off into its own company in 2014. Trello was sold to Atlassian in 2017 for $425M.
Born in New Mexico, raised in Israel, Spolsky is has been at the forefront of technology for almost thirty years. He joined Microsoft after his undergraduate studies at Yale and was responsible for creating VBA in Excel. Splosky has authored five books on the topic of software development. His blog Joel on Software was one of the first blogs in the software development world, launched in 1999.