Prashanth Chandrasekar, the CEO of Stack Overflow, hails from Bengaluru, India. He holds an MBA degree and is an esteemed alumnus of Harvard University in the United States.
Prashanth Chandrasekar, originally from Bengaluru, is the current leader of Stack Overflow, the renowned platform catering to programmers’ questions and answers. In response to global macroeconomic pressures and a drive towards profitability, the company has recently implemented a workforce reduction, leading to a 10 percent reduction in its employee count.
CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar took full responsibility for the difficult decision to lay off 58 employees at Stack Overflow. He expressed his deep concern for the impact it had on those affected and acknowledged the pain they were experiencing. Chandrasekar emphasized that the company was providing support to the laid-off employees during this transitional period, including severance packages, extended healthcare benefits, and outplacement services.
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In 2021, asset-holding firm Prosus acquired Stack Overflow, valuing the company at $1.8 billion (over Rs 14,000 crore in 2023). With a monthly user base of 100 million people, Stack Overflow has become one of the most widely used websites globally. The company offers a range of products including Stack Overflow for Teams, Stack Overflow Advertising, Collectives on Stack Overflow, and Stack Overflow Talent.
Prashanth Chandrasekar, hailing from Bengaluru, assumed the role of Stack Overflow’s CEO in 2019, succeeding the company’s co-founder and CEO Joel Spolsky. With a background in software engineering, Chandrasekar furthered his education by pursuing an MBA at the renowned Harvard University in the United States. He brings with him extensive experience from his tenure at esteemed organizations such as Capgemini, Barclays Investment Bank, and Rackspace. Married and a father of two children, Chandrasekar brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to his position at Stack Overflow.