原文链接:The Stack Overflow Age

知名博主 Joel Spolsky 回忆他创办 Stack Overflow 的经历,起因还是挠自己的痒痒。现在回头看,他改变了程序员编程的方式 :)


I have met a lot of people who started businesses because they wanted to start a business. Paul Graham calls this “Playing House.” And they didn’t really care what the business did; they just wanted to “be entrepreneurs.” Which is weird, because being an entrepreneur really sucks. It’s really hard to get through all the extraordinary difficulty, pain, and stress of starting a company if you’re not super, super motivated to solve a problem for the world.

我遇到过很多人创业是因为他们想要做一门生意。Paul Graham 管这个叫过家家。他们并不真的在乎具体的业务,他们只是想要「成为企业家」。这很奇怪,因为作一名创业者真的糟透了。如果你不是特别特别积极地要为世界解决一个问题,真的很难熬过所有这些创办一个公司的特别的困难、痛苦和压力。

The entrepreneurs who succeed do so because it is incredibly important to them a thing exist in the world, and it does not exist, so they work like crazy until it does. When we started Stack Overflow we didn’t expect it to be a big business; we just wanted there to be someplace where developers could get help to daily problems, while showing off how smart they were helping other developers.

那些成功地熬过去的企业家们,是因为一样东西存在于世对他们极其重要,但这样东西并不存在,于是他们像疯子一样工作直到将其实现。当我们创办 Stack Overflow 时我们并没有指望这是个大生意,我们只是想要有个地方开发者能够就日常的问题得到帮助,同时通过帮助其他开发者展示他们有多聪明。