Quora, a Palo Alto, CA-based startup building a collection of questions and answers, created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it, has completed a Series A round of financing led by Benchmark Capital.
In conjunction with the funding, Matt Cohler, general partner at Benchmark, will join the company’s board.
Founded in April 2009 by Adam D’Angelo, who was previously CTO and VP of engineering at Facebook, and Charlie Cheever, who led Facebook Connect and Facebook Platform, Quora is developing technology to streamline the creation, distribution, and consumption of vast quantities of knowledge.
Quora allows anyone to add questions and answers, categorize questions by adding topics to them, summarize answers on a question page, and edit any question or summary. Duplicate questions and topics are unified.
Commenting on Quora, D’Angelo was quoted as saying: “Our belief is that more than 90% of the information people want to know is still not available on the web in a format that’s easy for them to quickly understand.
“People really want to share their knowledge with others, and we’re building a system for everyone to do that much more easily and efficiently than they have ever been able to”.