CEO Tales: Joel Spolsky, Stack Exchange & Fog Creek Software, Cambridge, 20th February 2012

Well what a tasty treat! Joel Spolsky of Stack Exchange and Fog Creek Software will be talking in Cambridge, UK on the 20th February 6-8pm at a special CEO Tales in partnership with Cambridge Network and with support from Red Gate Software and IdeaSpace.

Quality networking, quality conversation and a rare opportunity to hear from, meet and question one of the most brilliant minds and extraordinary speakers in the software business.

When Rory Sutherland, voted one of the top 10 Ted Speakers of all time says, “Joel is a genius“, you know you are in for a treat. You are. Register quickly or you will miss out. This will be a hugely popular event.

‘Stack Exchange – Building the world’s best online community, one question at a time – a talk and Q&A with Joel Spolsky.’ 

Joel rarely speaks in public but we have been incredibly fortunate that he has spoken at Business of Software on a number of occasions previously so we can share some of his previous talks. In this talk (and a transcript for those in a rush) from Business of Software 2009, Joel flies in the face of what is often accepted as current wisdom and says that building new features does add value to your product. Simplicity is often a way to avoid your customers knowing you are releasing a product without enough features. Features are good if you can add them without making a product too complex. This can create real value for customers and revenue for your business.

About Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky Stack Exchange Fog Creek Software talk Cambridge London UK

Joel Spolsky is the CEO and co-founder of Stack Exchange, a network of Q&A sites which includes Stack Overflow, used by millions of programmers around the world. He is a globally-recognized expert on the software development process. His website Joel on Software( is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over thirty languages. With over 400,000 unique visitors a month, Joel on Software is one of the most popular resources for software developers on the web. He has written four booksUser Interface Design for Programmers (Apress, 2001), Joel on Software (Apress, 2004), More Joel on Software(Apress, 2008), and Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007). He also edited The Best Software Writing (Apress, 2005). He also writes a monthly column on entrepreneurship for Inc Magazine.

In 2008, with co-creator Jeff Atwood, Joel launched Stack Overflow, which raised over $18 million in venture capital from Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Spark Capital, and others.

In September 2000, together with co-founder Michael Pryor, Joel started Fog Creek Software in New York City. At Fog Creek Software he created FogBugz, a popular project management system for software teams, Fog Creek Copilot, for providing remote tech support over the Internet, and Trello, a popular project management application.

Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed the first version of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) as a Program Manager on the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he was a technical manager of a team developing an Internet client used by millions of people every day. He spent the early days of the dotcom boom at Viacom, creating a highly optimized application server used for high traffic websites like

Joel graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) in 1991 with a B.S. and honors in Computer Science. Before college he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.

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