Born in 1966

the original technology community.

Out of the garage...

One of the oldest online communities in the world - EE was born in San Luis Obispo, CA in 1996. The brainchild of Dan Gardner, Matt Wormley, and Clint Staley - EE became the first online technology community.
1996
In 1996, computer science students at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California, had the idea for an online community where people could share their knowledge about subjects like law, medicine, and technology.
1996
EE goes live on the internet & has the first question asked. The tagline is: “A community where experts answer difficult questions.”
1997
Expert levels like “Wizard & Sage" introduced.
1998
Jan Louwerens - EE’s longest tenured employee - joins the EE team.
1999
The first EE email newsletter is sent to the community with the title “Experts Exchange News”
1999
Experts Exchange is awarded a patent for the points & collaboration technology used on the platform.
1999
J.P. Morgan invests $6M and EE becomes the first funded tech company in San Luis Obispo
2001
JP Morgan puts EE up for auction after the .com crash - Randy Redberg acquires sole ownership by placing a bid with 6 minutes left on the clock.
2002
EE updates its logo to include an “X” for the first time.
2004
EE community becomes private and membership-based. Hundreds of people sign up the first day that the membership model is introduced.

The first iteration of the iconic “X” logo appears in solid orange.
2004
The first Expert Awards - Expert of the Year and Rookie of the Year - are given to honor the members with the most contributions in a given year.
2005
After 9 years, the community reaches 1 million problems solved!
2005
Matt Huxtable becomes the youngest EE moderator ever at the age of 15.
2008
1st Core Conference held in in San Luis Obispo
2010
2nd Core Conference held in San Luis Obispo,, featuring over 60 members from around the world. Members met over two days to discuss the future of EE. Most attendees are still active members today.
2011
The first award to be based off community nominations is created and called “Most Valuable Expert.” Thirteen contributors are awarded in its inaugural year.
2012
Sembee becomes first contributor to earn 40 million points.
2012
EE rebrands with a new blue “X” as “the network for technology professionals.”

The company moves away from community focus and more toward a service-model.
2012
EE Community comes together to help build a water well in Ethiopia
2012
EE community hosts TEDx Conference in San Luis Obispo, CA. Mark Wills speaks about the value of being part of an online community. Other members like Matt Huxtable also give talks.
2014
Community advisory board is founded so the EE business leaders can partner with community leaders to inform product decisions.
2014
Discussion groups and private messaging are introduced to make it easier for members to connect and collaborate 1-1.
2015
Current Community Manager Rob Jurd is chosen by EE to lead the community.
2017
“Fellow,” is first awarded -  a lifelong status reserved for select members who demonstrate sustained contributions, industry leadership, and outstanding performance.
2018
The Certified Expert program is introduced - dedicated to recognizing members for their outstanding contributions to the technology community.
2020
First episode of Conversations with Tech Experts, EE’s podcast aimed at giving tech professionals a platform to discuss community & their career journeys, premieres.
2020
EE partners with Credly to give Expert Award winners a verified way to showcase their achievements.
2022
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