Quora is a great place to learn about the things you’re interested in — but it’s also a great place to scope out career paths you’re considering and hear from industry leaders themselves about their experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about Silicon Valley or starting your own business, follow these founders, marketers and investors to their career advice:
Having previously worked in venture capital and ad tech, Andrew Chen knows a thing or two about startups. Today, Andrew writes about growth hacking on his blog, andrewchen.co, and his popular newsletter. His answers on Quora about startups and investing offer a glimpse into why some companies achieve more than others.
Read: His answer to Despite similar user numbers, why was Viber purchase for a much lower total than WhatsApp?
Mark Schinkel has a background in the marketing and business development of startups. As the CEO of Tablr, a program that lets restaurants better manage their tables, he answers questions about SaaS companies and what it’s like to start your own.
Read: His answer to What is the hardest phase for a SaaS company?
Robert Scoble is the Startup Liaison Officer for Rackspace — meaning that his job is literally to study startups. What he’s learning, he’s sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and of course, Quora. Scoble writes about mobile apps, social networks, Google Glass (he wore one for a year just to try it out) and much more.
Read: His answer to Why is there so much buzz around mobile app development vs. desktop apps?
Serial entrepreneur, Michael Wolfe is all straight talk on Quora. He’s a 2015 Top Writer and has answered more than 1700 questions to date — many on how to recruit for your startup and grow your company. He is as wise and experienced as he is direct and honest: his answers read like a guide to making it as a software engineer.
Read: His answer to As a software engineer, how can I prepare myself for when the tech bubble bursts?
Stripe co-founder, Patrick Collison writes a lot about the company and some of the decisions that were made during its early stages. Collison is also a programmer, so he answers questions about the specifics of how the Stripe product was coded. While not all startups are like Stripe, Collison’s answers tell an interesting if unorthodox story about a YCombinator startup that didn’t perform on demo day, that asked Peter Thiel to invest directly, and that spends less than you think on their domain URL.
Read: His answer to What did the first version of Stripe look like?
David Rose is a born and bred New Yorker, and it shows on his resume. The Columbia Business School grad helps run two NY-based “super-angel” venture capital funds, and is the founder of his own fund: New York Angels. Rose has also attended Singularity University, and started half a dozen startups of his own. He has answered almost 3000 questions to date, so if you have questions about angel investing or venture capital, he can probably help you.
Read: His answer to What can I expect to learn in the 10 week Graduate Studies Program of Singularity University?
Lawyer and technologist, Gil Silberman has been awarded the Top Writer award from Quora for three years in a row. He writes about a lot of different subjects — from restaurant management to venture capital — but he also offers great legal advice for startups and entrepreneurs.
Read: His answer to Should a young new-grad engineer working in Mountain View live in San Francisco, Palo Alto, or Mountain View?
Jason M. Lemkin
Another long-time Top Writer, Jason M. Lemkin has experience in running a startup (EchoSign, which was acquired by Adobe), as well as in venture capital. Lemkin is extremely knowledgeable on the startup scene, and has plenty of advice for startups looking to make it and attract VC funding.
Read: His answer on How do you attract Silicon Valley quality investors in a place like New Jersey?