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Fog Creek Software, Inc.
Founded2000; 19 years ago (2000)
HeadquartersNew York, NY, USA
Key people
Joel Spolsky
Anil Dash
ProductsStack Overflow, Stack Exchange, Trello, FogBugz

Glitch (previously known as 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 are located in the Financial District of Manhattan.[3][4] On September 25, 2018 the company was officially renamed Glitch after their flagship product.[5]


Glitch (application)[edit]

The Glitch web application launched in the spring of 2017 as a place for people to build simple web applications using JavaScript.[6] Pitched as a "view source" tool that lets users "recombine code in useful ways."[6], Glitch is an online IDE for JavaScript and Node.js with and includes instant hosting and automated deployment and live help from community members.[7] IDE features include live editing, hosting, sharing, automatic source versioning[8] and Git integration.[9] Glitch focuses on being a friendly, accessible community; since its launch over a million people have used the site to make web applications.[10] The glitch site is Self-hosting[11] allowing users to view or remix the Source code for the Glitch site.

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.[12] Users of Stack Overflow can earn reputation points and "badges" when another user votes up a question or answer they provided.[13]

As of April 2014, Stack Overflow has over 2,700,000 registered users and more than 7,100,000 questions.[14][15] 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.[16]

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".[17]

Stack Exchange[edit]

In September 2009, Fog Creek Software released a beta version of the Stack Exchange 1.0 platform[18] as a way for third parties to create their own communities based on the software behind Stack Overflow, with monthly fees.[19] This white label service was not successful, with few customers and slowly growing communities.[20]

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,[20]


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.[21]

On July 2014, Fog Creek Software spun off Trello as its own company operating under the name of Trello, Inc.[22] Trello Inc. raised $10.3 million in funding from Index Ventures and Spark Capital.[23]

In January 2017, Atlassian announced it was acquiring Trello for $425 million.[24]


FogBugz is an integrated web-based project management system featuring bug and issue tracking, discussion forums, wikis, customer relationship management, and evidence-based scheduling developed by Fog Creek Software. It was briefly rebranded as Manuscript in 2017, which was acquired in 2018 and was renamed back to FogBugz.[25][26]


Fog Creek Copilot was a remote assistance service offered by Fog Creek Software. It launched on August 8, 2005.[27]

Originally known as Project Aardvark, Fog Creek Copilot was developed by a group of summer interns at Fog Creek Software. Fog Creek's founder, Joel Spolsky, wanted to give his interns the experience of taking a project through its entire lifecycle from inception, to mature released product.[28] The interns set up a blog, called Project Aardvark, where they posted updates on the progress of their project, to the world even though at that time the details of what they were working on was still a secret.

On July 1, 2005 the Project Aardvark team revealed that they were working on a remote assistance system for consumer use.[29]

Fog Creek Copilot uses a heavily modified version of TightVNC, a variant of Virtual Network Computing (VNC), as its core protocol. [30]

On November 7, 2005 they released a documentary on the interns' summer, titled Aardvark'd: 12 Weeks with Geeks, produced by Lerone D. Wilson of Boondoggle Films.[31]

In 2014 Fog Creek restructured, spinning Copilot out as a separate company.[32]

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. ^ Dash, Anil (2018-09-25). "Fog Creek is now Glitch! – Glitch – Medium". Medium. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Clive (2017-07-11). "It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  7. ^ "How Glitch works". How it works. Glitch, Inc. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Glitch". ThoughtWorks Technology Radar - Platforms. ThoughtWorks, Inc. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Can I import code in a Git repository from GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket or elsewhere?". Glitch Help Center. Glitch, Inc. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  10. ^ Dash, Anil (2018-03-23). "What is Glitch? – Glitch – Medium". Medium. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  11. ^ "View Source". Glitch. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  12. ^ Jeff Atwood (2008-09-21). "The Gamification". Coding Horror Blog. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  13. ^ "What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it?". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  14. ^ "Users". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Questions". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Tags". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  17. ^ Clarke, Jason (August 20, 2009). "Super User - question and answer site for power users". DownloadSquad. AOL. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  18. ^ Mager, Andrew (September 27, 2009). "Find the answer to anything with StackExchange". The Web Life. ZDNet. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  19. ^ Oshiro, Dana (October 12, 2009). "StackOverflow Shares its Mojo: White Label Q&A for All". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  20. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, Marshall (May 4, 2010). "All-Star Team Backs StackOverflow to Go Beyond Programming Questions". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  21. ^ "Trello How much does it cost?".
  22. ^ Pryor, Michael. "A Special Announcement: Trello is now part of Trello, Inc". Trello Blog. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  23. ^ "Digital Whiteboard Trello Spins Out of Fog Creek With $10.3M". The Wall Street Journal. Jul 24, 2014.
  24. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  25. ^ "Virtual User Conference sheets" (PDF). Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  26. ^ Ravera, Alexia (Jan 2, 2019). "Manuscript is now FogBugz". FogBugz. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  27. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2005-08-08). "Project Aardvark Ships". Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  28. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2005-05-10). "First Post". Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  29. ^ Guez, Yaron (2005-07-01). "Full Disclosure". Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  30. ^ "Fog Creek Copilot - Technical Information". Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  31. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2005-11-07). "Aardvark'd DVD Goes on Sale". Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  32. ^

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