Ellen Paoresigns her post of CEO at Reddit

14 Jul

Friday, July 10, Ellen Pao ended her 2+ years association with Reddit. The last 8 month saw her as the CEO after Yishan Wong resigned over an office space dispute. Her short live time as head of the popular web content site saw a saw some highs and lows with Ms. Pao losing a lawsuit against a former employer, some policy changes and a controversial firing of a popular employee. Co-founder and former CEO Steve Huffman will take over as interim CEO until the company finds a replacement for Ms. Pao.

“In my eight months as reddit’s CEO, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly on reddit,” Pao said today in a resignation post. “I just want to remind everyone that I am just another human; I have a family, and I have feelings. Everyone attacked on reddit is just another person like you and me.”

Reddit first hired Ms. Pao in April of 2013 after her former employer Kleiner-Perkins fired her. Her role upon hiring was as the head of the company’s business & partnership department. Her job would be to come up and implement a new strategy to build a partnership with the community. Over the next year and a half she had worked her way to the point that when Mr. Wong resigned the shareholder’s supported her to take his place.

“I grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, raised by enginerds on Star Wars, computers and books. I live in San Francisco, via New York City, Boston and Hong Kong. I’ve worked with dozens of tech companies, traveling to eleven countries on five continents, to help build a variety of consumer and business platform companies. My favorite subreddits are /r/IAmA and /r/pareidolia (I like people even when they’re not real). Being part of a community of people who care is inspiring and energizing. reddit has so much to offer so many people, and I’m excited to find partners to help make reddit event more awesome,” Ms. Pao said after she was first hired.

Ms. Pao earned both an electrical engineering from Princeton University and a juris doctorate from Harvard. She then started her career in 1994 when she was hired at Cravath, Swaine & Moore to be a corporate attorney. She worked there for 2 years before returning to Harvard to earn her MBA in 1998. After earning her degree Ms. Pao work for Web Tv and serveral other companies in Silicon Valley over the next 7 years.

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