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Quora, Inc. Overview

Mountain View, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
Unknown / Non-Applicable

Mission: Our mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge.

Quora, Inc. – Why Work For Us?


Why Quora Exists

Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge. A vast amount of the knowledge that would be valuable to many people is currently only available to a few — either locked in people’s heads, or only accessible to select groups. We want to connect the people who have knowledge to the people who need it, to bring together people with different perspectives so they can understand each other better, and to empower everyone to share their knowledge for the benefit of the rest of the world.

Gather Around a Question

The heart of Quora is questions — questions that affect the world, questions that explain recent world events, questions that guide important life decisions, and questions that provide insights into why other people think differently. Quora is a place where you can ask questions you care about and get answers that are amazing.

Quora has only one version of each question. It doesn’t have a left wing version, a right wing version, a western version, and an eastern version. Quora brings together people from different worlds to answer the same question, in the same place — and to learn from each other. We want Quora to be the place to voice your opinion because Quora is where the debate is happening. We want the Quora answer to be the definitive answer for everybody forever.

Understand The World and The People In It

Quora has content you will feel good about having read. Quora helps you understand why the world works the way it does, why people behave the way they do, and what we can all do to make the world better. Quora provides a personalized feed of insightful answers to questions you hadn’t realized you should ask.

Quora’s answers come from people who really understand the issues and have first-hand knowledge. Quora is the place to read Barack Obama on the Iran deal, prisoners on life in prison, scientists on global warming, police officers on how to deter burglars, and TV producers on how their shows are made. Quora is the place to read inspiring people such as Gloria Steinem, Stephen Fry, Hillary Clinton, Glenn Beck, Sheryl Sandberg, Vinod Khosla, and Gillian Anderson directly answering the questions people most wanted them to answer. Quora is where you can read important insights that have never been shared anywhere else, from people you could never reach any other way.

Our mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge.

The potential of this is huge. If we can execute on our mission, we're going to make a big impact on the world. We just need to get a smart group of people together that can get us there. Join us.

Quora HQ in Mountain View, CA

We built an open, beautiful, warm, and spacious environment in the heart of sunny Mountain View for the company to live in and grow into.

Our Values

1. Maximize long-term value
We are building a product that we hope lasts forever. We want to be a strong and independent company. This long term focus guides all of the decisions we make.

2. Continuously learn and adapt
We value experimentation, metrics-driven decisions, and speed of iteration. We push to production with every commit so we launch as soon as work is done and learn as quickly as possible.

3. Execute
We value people who have great ideas but who also can quickly drive them all the way to implementation.

4. Hold high standards
We hire the best people. We set aggressive goals. We aspire to do our best work every day.
 
5. Be direct and respectful
We expect and welcome constant feedback. We trust each other to be open and straightforward.

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    Pros

    * one of the most rational and long term focused companies I've seen in the valley - willing to make the right long term decisions even when there are substantial short term costs
    * experimentation is common and has been a critical part of product development since very early on
    * ideas are valued on their own merits - people from all over the company are coming up with new ideas all the time and as long as you can back them up with reasons why they're worth doing, they get done. very little politics in project prioritization
    * the long term mission around knowledge sharing has been a guiding principle since the beginning and it is frequently invoked to help clarify strategy discussions and product decisions

    Cons

    * teams are too silo'd from each other - it could be a lot easier to collaborate with people on different teams
    * there could be better communication and inclusion of the whole company from leadership, especially in areas outside of product development

    Advice to Management

    * keep the focus on the long term and don't allow revenue growth or scale to change that
    * consider ways to make collaboration happen more frequently and encourage people to break these silos that are starting form between teams

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Quora, Inc..

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    I was contacted by recruiter via email and given a phone screen. Got an overall terrible feel of the company by the interviewer, during which the engineer was very unresponsive and barely audible throughout. Did not expect to have such a bad first impression of the company but good thing I have learned now instead of later on. Stay away my friends, stay away...

    Interview Questions

    • You are in charge of a classroom which has n seats in a single row, numbered 0 through n-1.
      During the day students enter and leave the classroom for the exam.
      In order to minimize the cheating, your task is to efficiently seat all incoming students.

      You're given 2 types of queries: add_student(student_id) -> seat index, and remove_student(student_id) -> void.

      The rules for seating the student is the following:
      1) The seat must be unoccupied
      2) The closest student must be as far away as possible
      3) Ties can be resolved by choosing the lowest-numbered seat.   2 Answers
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