Published On: Mon, Jul 13th, 2015

A Reddit co-founder returns to run a forum turned angry

Steve Huffman has just walked into what may be one of the most difficult jobs in Silicon Valley.

Steven-Huffman ,   Sam Altman - Reddit

 

Reddit users, never a shy group, wasted no time in giving co-founder Steve Huffman a list of what they want fixed now that he has succeeded Ellen Pao as chief executive officer of the online forum.

In one of the closely held company’s Ask Me Anything online sessions on Saturday, Huffman stepped up to a barrage of user comments and said how he plans to address some of their complaints.

Pao, facing a user revolt, resigned Friday as interim CEO. Huffman, who was Reddit’s first chief after he and co-founder Alexis Ohanian developed the forum as part of the startup incubator Y Combinator, has had no official role in the company for several years. After starting in obscurity 10 years ago, Reddit is now one of the largest sites on the Web, with the company estimating 164 million monthly unique visitors… READ MORE

BLOOMBERG, by Kevin Miller

 

Huffman created Reddit in 2005 with his roommate and college friend, Alexis Ohanian, in a two-bedroom apartment in a suburb of Boston. The site consists of thousands of forums that host varying topics of discussion, from current affairs to video games to question-and-answer sessions with people such as President Barack Obama. It is an online tour de force, with more than 160 million monthly visitors.

Huffman left the day-to-day operations of Reddit in 2009, three years after it was acquired by Advance Publications, and he went on to co-found Hipmunk, an online travel site where he will remain the chief technology officer…  READ MORE

Times Live, by MIKE ISAAC

 

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