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Joel Spolsky

CEO of Stack Exchange & Co-Founder at Fog Creek Software (Trello, FogBugz, Kiln)

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Joel Spolsky Biography

Joel Spolsky is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on Software, a blog on software development.

Spolsky grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and lived there until he was 15. He then moved with his family to Jerusalem, Israel, where he attended high school and did his military service as a paratrooper. He was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton in Upper Galilee. In 1987, he returned to the United States to attend college. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania for a year before transferring to Yale University, where he was a member of Pierson College and graduated in 1991 with a BS summa cum laude in Computer Science.

Spolsky was a Program Manager at Microsoft from 1991 to 1994 on the Microsoft Excel team, where he designed Excel Basic and drove Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications strategy. He moved to New York City in 1995 where he worked for Viacom and Juno Online Services. In 2000, he founded Fog Creek Software and created the Joel on Software blog. Joel on Software was "one of the first blogs set up by a business owner."

In 2005, Spolsky co-produced and appeared in Aardvark'd: 12 Weeks with Geeks, a documentary documenting Fog Creek's development of Project Aardvark, a remote assistance tool.

Spolsky also co-founded Stack Overflow in 2008, a question and answer community website for software developers, with Jeff Atwood. He is now CEO of the resulting Stack Exchange Network.

In 2011, Spolsky launched Trello, an online project management tool inspired by Kanban methodology.

He is the author of five books and also the creator of The Joel Test.

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Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent

Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent

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  • What are the speaker fees for Joel Spolsky

    Speaking fees for Joel Spolsky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Joel Spolsky are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Joel Spolsky, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Joel Spolsky speak about?

    Joel Spolsky is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Executive Leaders, Internet and New Media, Leadership Speakers, Science and Technology, STEM, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Joel Spolsky travel from?

    Joel Spolsky generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Joel Spolsky’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Joel Spolsky for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joel Spolsky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Joel Spolsky or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Joel Spolsky Biography

Joel Spolsky is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on Software, a blog on software development.

Spolsky grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and lived there until he was 15. He then moved with his family to Jerusalem, Israel, where he attended high school and did his military service as a paratrooper. He was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton in Upper Galilee. In 1987, he returned to the United States to attend college. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania for a year before transferring to Yale University, where he was a member of Pierson College and graduated in 1991 with a BS summa cum laude in Computer Science.

Spolsky was a Program Manager at Microsoft from 1991 to 1994 on the Microsoft Excel team, where he designed Excel Basic and drove Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications strategy. He moved to New York City in 1995 where he worked for Viacom and Juno Online Services. In 2000, he founded Fog Creek Software and created the Joel on Software blog. Joel on Software was "one of the first blogs set up by a business owner."

In 2005, Spolsky co-produced and appeared in Aardvark'd: 12 Weeks with Geeks, a documentary documenting Fog Creek's development of Project Aardvark, a remote assistance tool.

Spolsky also co-founded Stack Overflow in 2008, a question and answer community website for software developers, with Jeff Atwood. He is now CEO of the resulting Stack Exchange Network.

In 2011, Spolsky launched Trello, an online project management tool inspired by Kanban methodology.

He is the author of five books and also the creator of The Joel Test.

Joel Spolsky Videos

  • Joel Spolsky @ WeAreDevelopers Conference 2017
    Visit the largest developers congress in Europe: WeAreDevelopers World Congress, 16 - 18 May 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
  • Developers Writing the Future by Joel Spolsky (CEO & Co-founder ...
    Keynote speech by Joel Spolsky (CEO & Co-founder of Stack Overflow) at Slush 2016. Slush 2017 will take place in Helsinki, Finland on ...
  • Joel Spolsky of Stack Overflow on the advice he would give himself ...
    Watch Full Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3tuXqtWxVk .@spolsky @StackOverflow shares advice he would give himself if he ...

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FAQs on booking Joel Spolsky

  • How do I book Joel Spolsky to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Joel Spolsky for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Joel Spolsky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Joel Spolsky or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Joel Spolsky

    Speaking fees for Joel Spolsky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Joel Spolsky are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Joel Spolsky, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Joel Spolsky speak about?

    Joel Spolsky is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Executive Leaders, Internet and New Media, Leadership Speakers, Science and Technology, STEM, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Joel Spolsky travel from?

    Joel Spolsky generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Joel Spolsky’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Joel Spolsky for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joel Spolsky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Joel Spolsky or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Joel Spolsky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Joel Spolsky for your event is available upon request. Joel Spolsky generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Scott Dinsmore, David Karp, Danielle Krettek, Jon Oringer and Tony Aquila. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joel Spolsky for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Joel Spolsky Speaker Videos

  • Joel Spolsky @ WeAreDevelopers Conference 2017
    Visit the largest developers congress in Europe: WeAreDevelopers World Congress, 16 - 18 May 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
    Developers Writing the Future by Joel Spolsky (CEO & Co-founder ...
    Keynote speech by Joel Spolsky (CEO & Co-founder of Stack Overflow) at Slush 2016. Slush 2017 will take place in Helsinki, Finland on ...
  • Joel Spolsky of Stack Overflow on the advice he would give himself ...
    Watch Full Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3tuXqtWxVk .@spolsky @StackOverflow shares advice he would give himself if he ...
    The Impact of Code in Society (Joel Spolsky) - YouTube
    Opening keynote by Joel Spolsky at Devoxx France 2016, Paris. Every line of code has an impact on society. It might be a simple phone ...
  • Joel Spolsky - CEO of Stack Exchange & Co-Founder at Fog Creek ...
    Never miss an episode! Subscribe in iTunes: Audio (http://bit.ly/TwiStA) || Video ( http://bit.ly/TwiStV) Audible.com® is a leading provider of ...
    FogBugz and Kiln World Tour Talk by Joel Spolsky - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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