Fog Creek Software

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Project Aardvark)
Jump to: navigation, search
Fog Creek Software, Inc.
Industry Software
Founded 2000; 17 years ago (2000)
Headquarters 55 Broadway, Manhattan (FiDi), New York, NY, USA
Key people
Joel Spolsky
Michael Pryor
Anil Dash
Products Gomix
Fog Creek Copilot

Fog Creek Software is a software company specializing in project management tools. Its main products are FogBugz, a web-based project management tool; Copilot, a remote assistance tool; CityDesk, a desktop-based content management system; and Kiln, a source control and code review tool built around Mercurial and Git.

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, releasing FogBugz and CityDesk in 2001.[2]

In 2005, the company released Fog Creek Copilot, along with a documentary detailing the development process of the interns who created it.

In December 2016 Anil Dash was appointed CEO.[3]


One of the company's goals is to make the best programming work space possible. Its first large office, in Midtown Manhattan, was custom designed by architect Roy Leone. It featured angled walls to allow programmers a window next to their computer monitor to reduce eye strain.[4] Fog Creek's new 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.[5][6]


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.[7] Users of Stack Overflow can earn reputation points and "badges" when another user votes up a question or answer they provided.[8]

As of April 2014, Stack Overflow has over 2,700,000 registered users and more than 7,100,000 questions.[9][10] 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.[11]

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".[12]

Stack Exchange[edit]

In September 2009, Fog Creek Software released a beta version of the Stack Exchange 1.0 platform[13] as a way for third parties to create their own communities based on the software behind Stack Overflow, with monthly fees.[14] This white label service was not successful, with few customers and slowly growing communities.[15]

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,[15]


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.[16]

On July 2014, Fog Creek Software spun off Trello as its own company operating under the name of Trello, Inc.[17] Trello Inc. raised $10.3 million in funding from Index Ventures and Spark Capital.[18]

In January 2017, Atlassian announced it was acquiring Trello for $425 million.[19]


In August 8, 2005, Fog Creek launched Copilot, a remote assistance service.[20]

Originally known as Project Aardvark, Copilot was developed by a group of summer interns. 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.[21] 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.[22]

Copilot uses a heavily modified version of TightVNC, a variant of Virtual Network Computing (VNC), as its core protocol.[23]

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.[24]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kiln - Version Control and Code Review Software
  2. ^ Livingston, Jessica (2007-01-22). "Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days". Apress. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  3. ^ "A New Product Name, and a New CEO". Fog Creek Software Company Blog. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2003-09-24). "Bionic Office". Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  5. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2008-12-29). "The New Fog Creek Office". Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Claire (2009-02-07). "A Software Designer Knows His Office Space, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  7. ^ Jeff Atwood (2008-09-21). "The Gamification". Coding Horror Blog. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  8. ^ "What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it?". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Users". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Questions". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tags". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Clarke, Jason (August 20, 2009). "Super User - question and answer site for power users". DownloadSquad. AOL. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Mager, Andrew (September 27, 2009). "Find the answer to anything with StackExchange". The Web Life. ZDNet. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ Oshiro, Dana (October 12, 2009). "StackOverflow Shares its Mojo: White Label Q&A for All". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, Marshall (May 4, 2010). "All-Star Team Backs StackOverflow to Go Beyond Programming Questions". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Trello How much does it cost?". 
  17. ^ Pryor, Michael. "A Special Announcement: Trello is now part of Trello, Inc.". Trello Blog. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Digital Whiteboard Trello Spins Out of Fog Creek With $10.3M". The Wall Street Journal. Jul 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  20. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2005-08-08). "Project Aardvark Ships". Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  21. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2005-05-10). "First Post". Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  22. ^ Guez, Yaron (2005-07-01). "Full Disclosure". Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  23. ^ "Fog Creek Copilot - Technical Information". Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  24. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2005-11-07). "Aardvark'd DVD Goes on Sale". Retrieved 2009-01-08. 

External links[edit]