Charlie Cheever

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Charlie Cheever
Charlie Cheever
Born (1981-08-02) August 2, 1981 (age 42)[1]
EducationHarvard College
Occupationpresident of Expo
Known forco-founder of Quora, founder of Expo, BunnyLol, Facebook News Feed, Connect, Gaming, And Castle

Charlie Cheever (born August 2, 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the co-founder of Quora, an online knowledge market.[2] Cheever also founded, a web app that works both with iOS and Android by writing in Javascript. Additionally, he works at, developing the mobile application Castle - Make and Play which allows users to play and create interactive scenes, which can range from simple art and drawings to tiny homemade games and music.


Cheever is a former engineer and manager at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Cheever was employed by in Seattle. He left Facebook to start Quora in June 2009 with Adam D'Angelo.[1] He stepped down from active management of Quora in September 2012 but remains an advisor.[3] In 2016, it was announced that he is working as the CEO of Expo (formerly known as Exponent), a startup company that is an open-source platform for making universal native apps for Android, iOS, and the web with JavaScript and React.[2][4][5]


Cheever attended Shady Side Academy for high school. He attended Harvard University from 1999 to 2003 where he graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science.[6]


In 2000 Cheever was brought in front of Harvard’s Administrative Board for creating a database of the Harvard student body. The program enabled students to find which dorm their classmates were living in. The database was quickly shut down by the Harvard administration.[7]

Cheever's project is said to have partially inspired fellow Harvard alum Mark Zuckerberg to create the website FaceMash.[7] Zuckerberg later said that he considered Cheever to be a “kindred spirit”.[7][8]

He is a member of the Fly Club.[1]



Zuckerberg recruited Cheever from Amazon to be an early engineer at Facebook.[9]

Cheever and Adam D’Angelo were responsible for most of the critical programming work involved with turning Facebook from a website into a platform.[9] Most notably Cheever worked on Facebook Connect Authentication, the gaming platform at Facebook, Facebook News Feed, and Facebook Video.[10][8]

Cheever became known as a top engineer at Facebook after creating one of the most important internal tools, BunnyLol. The Python tool is still used today by every engineer at Facebook.[10]


Quora was founded in 2009 and headquartered in Mountain View, CA by Adam D'Angelo and Cheever. However, D'Angelo stayed on as CEO. Quora is a platform for asking and answering questions.[11][edit]

Cheever started working on in the summer of 2015.[12] The mission was to open up mobile software development to kids. Expo makes it easier to develop apps using React Native for major platforms including Web, iOS and Android. Expo is used by large companies like Airbnb, Walmart, and Tesla.[13]


  1. ^ a b c 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 September 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  2. ^ a b Kokalitcheva, Kia (2016-08-23). "Quora's Co-Founder Is Back In the Startup Game at Y Combinator". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  3. ^ TechCrunch: Quora Co-Founder Charlie Cheever Steps Back From Day-To-Day Role At The Company
  4. ^ Claburn, Thomas (9 Mar 2017). "Apple empties gas can, strikes match, burns bridge to hot-patch apps". The Register. Situation Publishing. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  5. ^ "What is Expo?". Expo Documentation. Retrieved 2023-03-09.
  6. ^ David Kirkpatrick (2010). The Facebook Effect.
  7. ^ a b c David Kirkpatrick (2010). The Facebook Effect. p. 158.
  8. ^ a b Dazeinfo (2023-08-02). "Know The Quora Founder Who Later Joined Facebook And Developed Amazing Features". Dazeinfo. Retrieved 2023-08-07.
  9. ^ a b David Kirkpatrick (2010). The Facebook Effect. p. 220.
  10. ^ a b "Know the Quora Founder Who Later Joined Facebook and Developed an Amazing Feature". 2 August 2020.
  11. ^ Montti, Roger (2022-09-03). "What Is Quora & How It Works". Search Engine Journal. Retrieved 2023-08-01.
  12. ^ Kokalitcheva, Kia (23 August 2016). "Quora's Co-Founder Is Back In the Startup Game at Y Combinator". Fortune. Fortune Media. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  13. ^ Cromwell, Vivian (30 May 2017). "Between the Wires: An interview with Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever". Retrieved 10 August 2019.

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