The growth rate of Quora (and we mean the actual company, not just the Q&A site) may soon increase at a rapid pace. Quora has hired Andy Barton, a recruiter with an interesting resume, and presumably wants him to do more than turn away random applicants.
A quick note on the current state of Barton's professional network: as of this moment, he has four recommendations (good) and over 500 connections (way above average) on LinkedIn.
Now let's have a look at Barton's background, since it'll show the caliber of people he's been in touch with before. Most recently, Barton spent about four and a half years working for Facebook as its manager of technical recruiting, and it doesn't get much more impressive than that.
Yet from April of 2004 to April of 2005, Barton actually worked for Google as a recruitment consultant, which is something not a lot of people can say. It's hard enough to collect a paycheck from the search giant, never mind be named a gatekeeper.
So Barton should be in contact with all sorts of skilled folks who are eager to work for a well-regarded tech company like Quora. And he's almost sure to put that fact to good use as Quora's demands and payroll allow.
Anyway, a hat tip goes to Alexia Tsotsis, who noted, "Quora currently has $11 million in funding and 21 employees but something tells me they'll be expanding on both numbers sometime soon."