Adam D'Angelo

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Adam D'Angelo
Adam D'Angelo in 2011.jpg
D'Angelo in 2011
Born (1984-08-14) August 14, 1984 (age 34)
Education Phillips Exeter Academy , California Institute of Technology
Occupation Co-founder and CEO of Quora
Known for Former CTO of Facebook

Adam D'Angelo is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Quora, an online knowledge market based in Mountain View, California. He was chief technology officer of Facebook, and also served as its vice president of engineering.[1][2] He left Facebook in 2008. In June 2009, he started Quora with Charlie Cheever, another early Facebook employee.[3]


Adam D'Angelo attended Phillips Exeter Academy for high school. There, he developed the Synapse Media Player (a music suggestion software) along with Mark Zuckerberg and others.[4]

Adam D’Angelo attended California Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science.

In 2003, while attending college, D'Angelo also created the website BuddyZoo, which allowed users to upload their AIM buddy list and compare them with those of other users. The service also generated graphs based on the buddy lists.[4][5]


In 2001, he was placed eighth at the USA Computing Olympiad as a high school student and he got a silver medal at the 2002 International Olympiad in Informatics.[6]

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC): California Institute of Technology Beavers (team of 3), World Finalists 2003, 2004; North American Champions 2003; World Finals Silver Medals 2004; World Finals co-coach 2005.[7][8]

In 2005, he was one of the top 24 finalists in the Algorithm Coding Competition of the Topcoder Collegiate Challenge.


Fortune magazine included D'Angelo as runner-up in its "Smartest people in tech" article.[9]


  1. ^ Eldon, Eric (May 11, 2008). "Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo to leave the company". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  2. ^ Feeney, Kevin J. (February 24, 2005). "Business, Casual". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  3. ^ Rivlin, Gary (April 28, 2011). "Does Quora Really Have All the Answers?". Wired. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  4. ^ a b David Kirkpatrick (2010). The Facebook Effect. pp. 26–27. 
  5. ^ "BuddyZoo". Archived from the original on October 28, 2003. Retrieved 2003-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Exeter Olympians". Exeter Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Standings for The 2003 ACM Programming Contest World Finals". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  8. ^ "Standings for The 2004 ACM Programming Contest World Finals". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  9. ^ Hempel, Jessi; Kowitt, Beth; Mangalindan, JP (July 9, 2010). "The smartest people in tech - Engineer runners-up: Cheever and D'Angelo (22)". Fortune Magazine. CNN. Archived from the original on 2010-09-12. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 

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