Glitch (company)

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Fog Creek Software, Inc.
Founded2000; 19 years ago (2000)
HeadquartersNew York
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, and 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 site's source code.

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 (January 22, 2007). "Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days". Apress. Retrieved February 27, 2008.
  2. ^ "A New Product Name, and a New CEO". Fog Creek Software Company Blog. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  3. ^ Spolsky, Joel (December 29, 2008). "The New Fog Creek Office". Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Wilson, Claire (February 7, 2009). "A Software Designer Knows His Office Space, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2009.
  5. ^ Dash, Anil (September 25, 2018). "Fog Creek is now Glitch!". Medium. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Clive (July 11, 2017). "It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly". WIRED. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "How Glitch works". How it works. Glitch, Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Glitch". ThoughtWorks Technology Radar - Platforms. ThoughtWorks, Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "Can I import code in a Git repository from GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket or elsewhere?". Glitch Help Center. Glitch, Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Dash, Anil (March 23, 2018). "What is Glitch?". Medium. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "View Source". Glitch. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Atwood, Jeff (September 21, 2008). "The Gamification". Coding Horror Blog. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  13. ^ "What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it?". Stack Overflow. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  14. ^ "Users". Stack Overflow. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  15. ^ "Questions". Stack Overflow. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  16. ^ "Tags". Stack Overflow. Retrieved December 9, 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 September 29, 2014.
  23. ^ "Digital Whiteboard Trello Spins Out of Fog Creek With $10.3M". The Wall Street Journal. July 24, 2014.
  24. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M". TechCrunch. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  25. ^ "Virtual User Conference sheets" (PDF). Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  26. ^ Ravera, Alexia (January 2, 2019). "Manuscript is now FogBugz". FogBugz. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  27. ^ Spolsky, Joel (August 8, 2005). "Project Aardvark Ships". Retrieved January 8, 2009.
  28. ^ Spolsky, Joel (May 10, 2005). "First Post". Retrieved January 8, 2009.
  29. ^ Guez, Yaron (July 1, 2005). "Full Disclosure". Retrieved January 8, 2009.
  30. ^ "Fog Creek Copilot - Technical Information". Retrieved January 8, 2009.
  31. ^ Spolsky, Joel (November 7, 2005). "Aardvark'd DVD Goes on Sale". Retrieved January 8, 2009.
  32. ^ "About Copilot". Retrieved July 10, 2019.

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