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Yishan Wong Called to Duty as New Reddit CEO

yishan wong Yishan Wong Called to Duty as New Reddit CEO

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Yishan Wong, a Hawaii native, has held senior engineering positions at both PayPal and Facebook. In 2010, he left the social network. He’s an angel investor and a co-working space cofounder, and has been “doing random startup consulting” since he left Facebook. We, like many others, wondered what he’d do next.

Apparently, the answer to that is “be the CEO of Reddit.” It’s surprising because Mr. Wong is a technologist, and Reddit is at a crucial moment after spinning off from mothership Advance Publications. “But as I continued the conversations, I came to understand that reddit wasn’t looking for a conventional CEO candidate, because reddit is not a conventional company,” Mr. Wong wrote in his introductory blog post, in which he said he was not looking to make “big, bold changes.” Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian wrote noted that Mr. Wong has been a Redditor for a really, really long time.┬áRedditors welcomed their new overlord with a series of masturbation puns.

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