He Got Jokes
Hires and Fires
In order to commemorate the 15th anniversary of tech news haven Slashdot, the “news for nerds” site invited Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak* to answer a few questions from its community members. The majority of questions revolved around Mr. Wozniak’s opinions on the current tech ecosystem, including what excites him about technology and where he goes to “satiate his inner tinkerer.”
One offbeat question, however, engendered an equally offbeat answer. When asked what his favorite joke is, Mr. Wozniak replied:
Six month after leaving Slashdot, the “News for Nerds” site he founded in 1997, Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda finally announced his new venture: a position as chief strategist and editor-at-large at “WaPo Lab,” a digital team within the Washington Post Company that experiments with digital technologies related to the company’s news sites. In 2011, the Lab released both Washington Post Social Reader and Trove.
It’s harder to get someone more steeped in Internet culture than Mr. Malda, whose site started using +1 and karma points years before Google+ and Reddit were even a glint in anyone’s eye. As Mr. Malda writes on his blog, he didn’t take the decision to work for “a startup inside an established corporation,” lightly, interviewing with more than 35 prospects before he settled on WaPo Labs, which he describes as: