Fog Creek Software

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Fog Creek Software, Inc.
Industry Software
Founded 2000; 18 years ago (2000)
Headquarters New York, NY, USA
Key people
Joel Spolsky
Anil Dash
Products Stack Overflow

Fog Creek Software is a software company specializing in project management tools. Its products include project management and content management, code review tools.


Based in New York City, Fog Creek was founded in 2000 as a consulting company by Joel Spolsky and Michael Pryor. As the consulting market started to dry up due to the collapse of the Dot-com bubble, Fog Creek moved to a product-based business.[1] In December 2016 Anil Dash was appointed CEO.[2] Fog Creek's offices, located in the Financial District of Manhattan have been similarly designed, this time with adjustable height standing desks, a library, and fully stocked kitchen.[3][4]


Stack Overflow[edit]

In 2008, Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky created Stack Overflow, a question-and-answer Web site for computer programming questions, which they described as an alternative to the programmer forum Experts-Exchange.

Stack Overflow serves as a platform for users to ask and answer questions, and, through membership and active participation, to vote questions and answers up or down and edit questions and answers in a fashion similar to a wiki or Digg.[5] Users of Stack Overflow can earn reputation points and "badges" when another user votes up a question or answer they provided.[6]

As of April 2014, Stack Overflow has over 2,700,000 registered users and more than 7,100,000 questions.[7][8] Based on the type of tags assigned to questions, the top eight most discussed topics on the site are: Java, JavaScript, C#, PHP, Android, jQuery, Python and HTML.[9]

Following the success of Stack Overflow they started additional sites in 2009 based on the Stack Overflow model: Server Fault for questions related to system administration and Super User for questions from computer "power users".[10]

Stack Exchange[edit]

In September 2009, Fog Creek Software released a beta version of the Stack Exchange 1.0 platform[11] as a way for third parties to create their own communities based on the software behind Stack Overflow, with monthly fees.[12] This white label service was not successful, with few customers and slowly growing communities.[13]

In May 2010, Stack Overflow was spun-off as its own new company, Stack Exchange Inc., and raised $6 million in venture capital from Union Square Ventures and other investors, and it switched its focus to developing new sites for answering questions on specific subjects,[13]


In 2011, Fog Creek released Trello, a collaborative project management hosted web application that operated under a freemium business model. Trello was cross-subsidized by the company's other products. A basic service is provided free of charge, and a Business Class paid-for service was launched in 2013.[14]

On July 2014, Fog Creek Software spun off Trello as its own company operating under the name of Trello, Inc.[15] Trello Inc. raised $10.3 million in funding from Index Ventures and Spark Capital.[16]

In January 2017, Atlassian announced it was acquiring Trello for $425 million.[17]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Livingston, Jessica (2007-01-22). "Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days". Apress. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  2. ^ "A New Product Name, and a New CEO". Fog Creek Software Company Blog. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2008-12-29). "The New Fog Creek Office". Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Claire (2009-02-07). "A Software Designer Knows His Office Space, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  5. ^ Jeff Atwood (2008-09-21). "The Gamification". Coding Horror Blog. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  6. ^ "What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it?". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Users". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Questions". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tags". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Clarke, Jason (August 20, 2009). "Super User - question and answer site for power users". DownloadSquad. AOL. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ Mager, Andrew (September 27, 2009). "Find the answer to anything with StackExchange". The Web Life. ZDNet. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ Oshiro, Dana (October 12, 2009). "StackOverflow Shares its Mojo: White Label Q&A for All". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, Marshall (May 4, 2010). "All-Star Team Backs StackOverflow to Go Beyond Programming Questions". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Trello How much does it cost?". 
  15. ^ Pryor, Michael. "A Special Announcement: Trello is now part of Trello, Inc". Trello Blog. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Digital Whiteboard Trello Spins Out of Fog Creek With $10.3M". The Wall Street Journal. Jul 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 

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