Farewell and Thanks, Jeff Atwood!

Joey Devilla

Jeff Atwood: He's got electrolytes! Joey deVilla interviews Jeff Atwood at Microsoft PDC 2008 for a video

Pictured above: Me interviewing Jeff at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in October 2008.

Jeff Atwood made the web better when he co-founded Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange. These high-signal, low-noise questions-and-answers online places have grown from a single site whose audience was software developers to a network of 80 or so that cover an increasing number of topics and interests.

Yesterday, he announced that effective March 1st, 2012, he will no longer be part of the day-to-day operations of Stack Exchange. It’s a startup, and startup life and family life, especially with young children, can be very incompatible. Jeff has a young boy and two twin girls whose age can still be measured in days. He’s decided to take more time to be with his family, and I can’t help but approve.

Thanks for everything, Jeff, and we’ll see you out there!

[ This article also appears in Global Nerdy. ]