Charlie Cheever

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Charlie Cheever
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Born
Charlie Duplain Cheever

(1981-08-02) August 2, 1981 (age 37)[1]
ResidencePalo Alto, California
EducationHarvard College
Occupationpresident of Expo
Known forco-founder of Quora, founder of Expo, BunnyLol, Facebook News Feed, Connect, and Gaming.
Home townPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Websitehttp://ccheever.com/

Charlie Cheever (born August 2, 1981) is the co-founder,[1] along with Adam D'Angelo, of Quora, an online knowledge market.[2] He was formerly an engineer and manager at Facebook, where he oversaw the creation of Facebook Connect and the Facebook Platform.[3] Prior to Facebook, Cheever was employed by Amazon.com in Seattle. He left Facebook to start Quora in June 2009.[1] He stepped down from active management of Quora in September 2012 but remains an advisor.[4] In 2016 it was announced that he is working as the CEO of Expo.io (formally known as Exponent), a startup company that is a, "translation machine for mobile app code".[2][5]

Cheever is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Harvard College, B.A. in Computer Science. He is a member of the Fly Club.[1]

Education[edit]

Charlie Cheever attended Shady Side Academy for high school.

He attended Harvard University from 1999 to 2003 where he graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science.[6]

Controversy[edit]

In 2000 Cheever was brought in front of Harvard’s Administrative Board for creating a database of the Harvard student body. The program enabled students to find which dorm their fellow classmates were living in. The database was quickly shut down by the Harvard administration.[7]

A few years later Cheever's project partially inspired fellow Harvard alum Mark Zuckerberg to create the website Facesmash.[7] Zuckerberg later said that he considered Cheever to be a “kindred spirit”.[7]

Facebook[edit]

Zuckerberg later recruited Cheever away from Amazon to be an early engineer at Facebook. This hire, along with 3 others was part of an initiative to shift the focus at Facebook.[8]

Cheever and Adam D’Angelo were responsible for most of the critical programming work involved with turning Facebook from a website into a platform.[8] Most notably Cheever worked on Facebook Connect Authentication, the gaming platform at Facebook, and Facebook Video.[9]

Cheever quickly became known as a top engineer at Facebook after creating one of the most important internal tools bunnylol. The Python tool is still used today by every engineer at Facebook.[9]

Angel Investing[edit]

Cheever is an active angel investor. He has currently invested in over 32 startups, including the San Francisco based online home-selling service Opendoor.

Cheever is also co-invested with Jared Leto in the human resources service Zenefits.

Expo[edit]

In early 2015 Charlie Cheever and James Ide started an open source project Expo. The software enables developers to create cross-platform native applications with JavaScript and React Native.

Cheever is currently working full-time as the president of Expo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hempel, Jessi; Kowitt, Beth; Mangalindan, JP (July 9, 2010). "The smartest people in tech - Engineer runners-up: Cheever and D'Angelo (22)". Fortune Magazine. CNN. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  2. ^ a b Kokalitcheva, Kia (2016-08-23). "Quora's Co-Founder Is Back In the Startup Game at Y Combinator". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  3. ^ Charlie Cheever at Crunchbase
  4. ^ TechCrunch: Quora Co-Founder Charlie Cheever Steps Back From Day-To-Day Role At The Company
  5. ^ Claburn, Thomas (9 Mar 2017). "Apple empties gas can, strikes match, burns bridge to hot-patch apps". The Registar. Situation Publishing. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  6. ^ David Kirkpatrick (2010). The Facebook Effect.
  7. ^ a b c David Kirkpatrick (2010). The Facebook Effect. p. 158.
  8. ^ a b David Kirkpatrick (2010). The Facebook Effect. p. 220.
  9. ^ a b https://dazeinfo.com/2018/08/02/happy-birthday-charlie-cheever-quora/