Adam D'Angelo

CTO, Facebook

Co-Founder & CEO, Quora

Adam D'Angelo

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Adam D’Angelo, best known for his contributions in Facebook as CTO and as the Co-founder and CEO of Quora.

According to the Topcoder, an online community of hackers to get their skills rated, Adam is on top (Red) level, above Mark Zuckerberg. 

Adam was interested in coding right from his school days and participated in various Olympiads. He graduated from Caltech with B.S. in Computer Science.  

He was one of the top 24 finalists in the Algorithm Coding Competition of the International Topcoder Collegiate Challenge.

Adam D’Angelo, best known for his contributions in Facebook as CTO and as the Co-founder and CEO of Quora.

According to the Topcoder, an online community of hackers to get their skills rated, Adam is on top (Red) level, above Mark Zuckerberg. 

 

 

 

Adam was interested in coding right from his school days and participated in various Olympiads. He graduated from Caltech with B.S. in Computer Science.  

In 2003, while attending college, D’Angelo created the website BuddyZoo, which allowed users to upload their AIM buddy list and compare them with those of other users. The service also generated graphs based on the buddy lists.

Journey to Facebook

Adam got acquainted with the future founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg in Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. They shared an interest in software development and became friends while studying.

In 2000, they developed “Synapse Music Player,” which is one of the first MP3 players capable of analyzing song preferences and suggesting playlists.

When FB launched, he lived with Zuckerberg in Palo Alto, California. Adam was busy working on a Wirehog app and assisted other developers of Facebook.

He became a full-time employee in 2005 before going back to college for the second half of the 2005 academic year.

After graduating in 2006, Adam got back to working at Facebook and became a CTO in November 2006. It’s accurate to assume that D’Angelo became chief executive this quick due to his immense talents in programming and friendship with Zuckerberg.

He also served as VP of engineering at Facebook and worked on the initial architecture of news feed, ad targeting and delivery and worked on scalability and optimization. 

He was an advisor for Hike Messenger and Instagram, before it got acquired by Facebook.

Adam quit Facebook in 2008 and founded Quora in 2009 with former Facebook employee Charlie Cheever. He invested $20 million of his own money as part of their Series B round of financing.

In 2018, he joined the board of directors of OpenAI, an AI research company led by Elon Musk.

 

As you can see, D’Angelo was not a prodigy but a hardworker and risk taker. It takes the mind of an artist and the courage of a sportsman to be a top notch developer.

Being a CTO means to oversee the design and development of world changing products. D’Angelo delivered when he was given a chance to work on Facebook and that is what made him succesful.

If you are planning to be a developer, D’Angelo is someone you should follow. Considering his contribution as a developer and CTO, to world changing products, there is a lot to learn from him. 

Adam D'Angelo

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