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Steve Huffman

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This article is about the American entrepreneur. For other uses, see Steve Huffman (disambiguation).

Steve Huffman (born November 12, 1983), also known by his Reddit username spez (), is an American web developer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, a social news and discussion website, which ranks in the top 20 websites in the world. He also co-founded the airfare search-engine website Hipmunk.

Steve Huffman
Huffman at Web Summit 2017
Born (1983-11-12)November 12, 1983 (age 38)
Other namesspez
EducationComputer Science
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Occupation
  • Co-founder and CEO of Reddit
  • Co-founder of Hipmunk
EmployerReddit

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Steve Huffman grew up in Warrenton, Virginia. At age 8, he began programming computers. He graduated in 2001 from Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia. At the University of Virginia (UVA), he studied computer science, graduating in 2005.

During spring break of his senior year at UVA, Huffman and college roommate Alexis Ohanian drove to Boston, Massachusetts, to attend a lecture delivered by programmer-entrepreneur Paul Graham. Huffman and Ohanian talked with Graham after the lecture and he invited them to apply to his startup incubator Y Combinator. Huffman came up with their original idea, My Mobile Menu, which was intended to allow users to order food by SMS. The idea was rejected, but Graham asked Huffman and Ohanian to meet him in Boston to pitch another idea for a start-up; it was at this brainstorming session that the idea for what Graham called the "front page of the Internet" was created. Huffman and Ohanian were accepted in Y Combinator's first class. Huffman coded the entire site in Lisp. He and Ohanian launched Reddit in June 2005, funded by Y Combinator.

The site's audience grew rapidly in its first few months, and by August 2005, Huffman noticed their habitual user-base had grown so large that he no longer needed to fill the front page with content himself. At 23, Huffman and Ohanian sold Reddit to Condé Nast on October 31, 2006, for a reported $10 million to $20 million. Huffman remained with Reddit until 2009, when he left his role as acting CEO.

Huffman spent several months backpacking in Costa Rica before co-creating the travel website Hipmunk with Adam Goldstein, an author and software developer, in 2010. Funded by Y Combinator, Hipmunk launched in August 2010 with Huffman serving as CTO. In 2011, Inc. named Huffman to its 30 under 30 list.

In 2014, Huffman said that his decision to sell Reddit had been a mistake, and that the site's growth had exceeded his expectations. On July 10, 2015, Reddit hired Huffman as CEO following the resignation of Ellen Pao and during a particularly difficult time for the company. Upon rejoining the company, Huffman's top goals included launching Reddit's iOS and Android apps, fixing Reddit's mobile website, and creating A/B testing infrastructure.

Since returning to Reddit, Huffman instituted a number of technological improvements including a better mobile experience and stronger infrastructure, as well as new content guidelines. These included a ban on content that incites violence, quarantining some material users might find offensive, and removing communities "that exist solely to ... make Reddit worse for everyone else". Shortly after returning, Huffman wrote that "neither Alexis nor I created reddit to be a bastion of free speech, but rather as a place where open and honest discussion can happen." In a 2012 interview, Ohanian had used the same phrase to describe Reddit, as noted by The New Yorker and The Verge.

Huffman also worked to make the site more advertiser-friendly and led efforts to host video and images on site. In late 2016, Huffman was the focus of controversy for altering posts on a subreddit popular with supporters of Donald Trump, /r/The Donald. Following criticism from Reddit users, he undid the change and issued an apology. Beginning in 2017, Huffman led the redesign of Reddit's website with its first major visual update in a decade. Huffman said the site had looked like a "dystopian Craigslist" whose outdated look deterred new users. Development of the new site took more than a year, and the redesign launched in April 2018.

In 2020, Fortune magazine included him in their '40 Under 40' listing in the technology category.

Comment modification controversy

On November 23, 2016, a member of a subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump, /r/The_Donald, posted evidence indicating that Reddit administrators had modified multiple user comments inside the subreddit. Following this post Huffman took responsibility for the comment modifications, writing that “Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.” His administrative modifications involved changing one specific insulting phrase, in several comments, to make them appear as if the insults were directed toward the moderators of the subreddit instead of him. In a Reddit post Huffman wrote that he "messed with" some of the comments but that he "restored the original comments after less than an hour." On November 30, 2016, Huffman announced that sticky posts from /r/The_Donald would no longer show up on r/all, stating that the community's moderators were abusing the feature in order to "slingshot posts into r/all, often in a manner that is antagonistic to the rest of the community."

Black Lives Matter

On June 1, 2020, Huffman published an open letter as Reddit's CEO, titled "Remember to be Human - Black lives matter", which addressed the topic of racism on the platform.

Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao called out Huffman's letter with a tweet on her official Twitter profile, saying that Reddit had long condoned racism and that the platform "monetizes white supremacy". The popular NBA and NFL subreddits agreed with Pao, obscuring their sections for 24 hours.

Huffman is an advocate for net neutrality rules. In 2017, Huffman told The New York Times that without net neutrality protections, "you give internet service providers the ability to choose winners and losers". On Reddit, Huffman urged redditors to express support for net neutrality and contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C. Huffman said that the repeal of net neutrality rules stifles competition. He said he and Reddit would continue to advocate for net neutrality.

Huffman lives in San Francisco, California. He mentors aspiring programmers at coding bootcamps including Hackbright Academy. Huffman was an instructor for e-learning courses on web development by Udacity. He is on the board of advisors for the Anti-Defamation League's Center for Technology and Society.

Huffman is a ballroom dancer. At UVA, Huffman competed in intercollegiate competitions. Huffman married in 2009 but is now divorced.

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Steve Huffman Article Talk Language Watch Edit Not to be confused with Steve Hoffman This article is about the American entrepreneur For other uses see Steve Huffman disambiguation Steve Huffman born November 12 1983 also known by his Reddit username spez s p ɛ z is an American web developer and entrepreneur He is the co founder and CEO of Reddit a social news and discussion website which ranks in the top 20 websites in the world 2 He also co founded the airfare search engine website Hipmunk Steve HuffmanHuffman at Web Summit 2017Born 1983 11 12 November 12 1983 age 38 Lansing Michigan U S Other namesspez 1 EducationComputer ScienceAlma materUniversity of VirginiaOccupationCo founder and CEO of RedditCo founder of HipmunkEmployerReddit Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Controversies and criticism 3 1 Comment modification controversy 3 2 Black Lives Matter 4 Net neutrality activism 5 Personal life 6 References 7 External linksEarly life and education EditSteve Huffman grew up in Warrenton Virginia 3 At age 8 he began programming computers 3 He graduated in 2001 from Wakefield School in The Plains Virginia 4 At the University of Virginia UVA he studied computer science graduating in 2005 3 5 Career EditDuring spring break of his senior year at UVA Huffman and college roommate Alexis Ohanian 1 drove to Boston Massachusetts to attend a lecture 6 delivered by programmer entrepreneur Paul Graham 1 7 Huffman and Ohanian talked with Graham after the lecture and he invited them to apply to his startup incubator Y Combinator 1 Huffman came up with their original idea My Mobile Menu 7 which was intended to allow users to order food by SMS 1 7 The idea was rejected but Graham asked Huffman and Ohanian to meet him in Boston to pitch another idea for a start up it was at this brainstorming session that the idea for what Graham called the front page of the Internet was created 1 Huffman and Ohanian were accepted in Y Combinator s first class 1 7 Huffman coded the entire site in Lisp 8 9 He and Ohanian launched Reddit in June 2005 funded by Y Combinator 5 10 The site s audience grew rapidly in its first few months and by August 2005 Huffman noticed their habitual user base had grown so large that he no longer needed to fill the front page with content himself 8 11 12 At 23 Huffman and Ohanian sold Reddit to Conde Nast on October 31 2006 for a reported 10 million to 20 million 1 13 Huffman remained with Reddit until 2009 when he left his role as acting CEO 14 Huffman spent several months backpacking in Costa Rica 15 before co creating the travel website Hipmunk with Adam Goldstein an author and software developer in 2010 Funded by Y Combinator 16 17 Hipmunk launched in August 2010 18 with Huffman serving as CTO 19 In 2011 Inc named Huffman to its 30 under 30 list 19 In 2014 Huffman said that his decision to sell Reddit had been a mistake and that the site s growth had exceeded his expectations 20 On July 10 2015 Reddit hired Huffman as CEO following the resignation of Ellen Pao 21 and during a particularly difficult time for the company 22 Upon rejoining the company Huffman s top goals included launching Reddit s iOS and Android apps fixing Reddit s mobile website and creating A B testing infrastructure 1 Since returning to Reddit Huffman instituted a number of technological improvements 22 including a better mobile experience and stronger infrastructure as well as new content guidelines These included a ban on content that incites violence quarantining some material users might find offensive and removing communities that exist solely to make Reddit worse for everyone else 1 22 Shortly after returning Huffman wrote that neither Alexis nor I created reddit to be a bastion of free speech but rather as a place where open and honest discussion can happen 23 In a 2012 interview Ohanian had used the same phrase to describe Reddit as noted by The New Yorker and The Verge 15 24 Huffman also worked to make the site more advertiser friendly 1 22 and led efforts to host video and images on site 25 In late 2016 Huffman was the focus of controversy for altering posts on a subreddit popular with supporters of Donald Trump r The Donald Following criticism from Reddit users he undid the change and issued an apology 26 Beginning in 2017 Huffman led the redesign of Reddit s website with its first major visual update in a decade 27 28 Huffman said the site had looked like a dystopian Craigslist whose outdated look deterred new users 27 Development of the new site took more than a year and the redesign launched in April 2018 27 In 2020 Fortune magazine included him in their 40 Under 40 listing in the technology category 29 Controversies and criticism EditComment modification controversy Edit On November 23 2016 a member of a subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump r The Donald posted evidence indicating that Reddit administrators had modified multiple user comments inside the subreddit 30 Following this post Huffman took responsibility for the comment modifications writing that Our community team is pretty pissed at me so I most assuredly won t do this again 31 32 His administrative modifications involved changing one specific insulting phrase in several comments to make them appear as if the insults were directed toward the moderators of the subreddit instead of him 33 In a Reddit post Huffman wrote that he messed with some of the comments but that he restored the original comments after less than an hour 34 On November 30 2016 Huffman announced that sticky posts from r The Donald would no longer show up on r all stating that the community s moderators were abusing the feature in order to slingshot posts into r all often in a manner that is antagonistic to the rest of the community 35 36 Black Lives Matter Edit On June 1 2020 Huffman published an open letter as Reddit s CEO titled Remember to be Human Black lives matter 37 which addressed the topic of racism on the platform Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao called out Huffman s letter with a tweet on her official Twitter profile saying that Reddit had long condoned racism and that the platform monetizes white supremacy The popular NBA and NFL subreddits agreed with Pao obscuring their sections for 24 hours 38 Net neutrality activism EditHuffman is an advocate for net neutrality rules 39 40 In 2017 Huffman told The New York Times that without net neutrality protections you give internet service providers the ability to choose winners and losers 39 On Reddit Huffman urged redditors to express support for net neutrality and contact their elected representatives in Washington D C 40 Huffman said that the repeal of net neutrality rules stifles competition He said he and Reddit would continue to advocate for net neutrality 41 Personal life EditHuffman lives in San Francisco California 42 He mentors aspiring programmers at coding bootcamps including Hackbright Academy 43 Huffman was an instructor for e learning courses on web development by Udacity 44 45 46 He is on the board of advisors for the Anti Defamation League s Center for Technology and Society 47 Huffman is a ballroom dancer 42 9 At UVA Huffman competed in intercollegiate competitions 42 9 Huffman married in 2009 but is now divorced 48 References Edit a b c d e f g h i j k Hempel Jessi 6 October 2015 Inside Reddit s plan to recover from its epic meltdown Wired Retrieved 13 March 2018 The top 500 sites on the web Alexa Internet Retrieved 11 June 2018 a b c Jaffee Michelle Koidin Fall 2014 The Voice of His Generation Virginia Retrieved 13 March 2018 The Odyssey of an Alum Wakefield School 3 May 2016 Retrieved 13 March 2018 a b Zak Richards Unleashing High Profile High Profit Websites Williams Michelle August 2015 This internet thing is not a fad Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian to discuss online entrepreneurship at UMass Amherst Mass Live Retrieved 27 March 2018 a b c d Fink Steve August 2015 Mr Meme Baltimore Retrieved 13 March 2018 a b Live Episode Reddit Alexis Ohanian amp Steve Huffman How I Built This With Guy Raz 31 August 2017 NPR a b c Wallace Benjamin 6 October 2015 Can Steve Huffman Save Reddit From Itself New York Retrieved 28 March 2018 Macale Sherilynn Cheri A rundown of Reddit s history and community Infographic The Next Web Social Media Retrieved November 12 2011 Derek Mead 21 June 2012 How Reddit Got Huge Tons of Fake Accounts Motherboard Retrieved 11 June 2018 Casey Johnston 21 June 2012 reddit founders made hundreds of fake profiles so site looked popular Ars Technica Retrieved 11 June 2018 Conde Nast Wired Acquires Reddit 2006 10 31 Koh Yoree 13 September 2016 Reddit s Ask Me Anything CEO opens up on overcoming crisis The Wall Street Journal Retrieved 13 March 2018 a b Marantz Andrew 19 March 2018 Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet The New Yorker Retrieved 27 March 2018 About Hipmunk Hipmunk 2010 08 01 Leena Rao 2010 08 01 Reddit Co Founder Dips Back Into Y Combinator With Travel Startup Hipmunk Pepitone Julianne 19 August 2010 Hipmunk s dazzling new view of flight search CNNMoney Retrieved 13 March 2018 a b Adam Goldstein and Steve Huffman Founders of Hipmunk Inc com 2011 06 27 Matthew Hall 10 Dec 2014 Atrocious mobile sucks Reddit co founder Steve Huffman on what site has become The Age Issac Mike July 10 2015 Ellen Pao Is Stepping Down as Reddit s Chief New York Times Retrieved July 10 2015 a b c d Lagorio Chafkin Christine 9 March 2018 Steve Huffman Talks About Bringing Reddit Back From the Brink Inc Retrieved 13 March 2018 New CEO Some People on Reddit Shouldn t Be Here at All Re Code 14 Jul 2015 Adi Robertson 15 July 2015 Was Reddit always about free speech Yes and no The Verge Retrieved 4 May 2018 Shaw Dougal 2 June 2016 Reddit plans to host videos on its site BBC News Retrieved 13 March 2018 Roisin Kiberd 5 December 2016 Spezgiving How Reddit s CEO Tried And Failed to Troll the Trolls Motherboard Vice Retrieved 3 May 2018 a b c Pardes Arielle 2 April 2018 The inside story of Reddit s redesign Wired Retrieved 16 May 2018 Loten Angus 10 April 2018 Reddit CEO revamped outdated website from the IT foundations The Wall Street Journal Retrieved 17 May 2018 Steve Huffman 2020 40 under 40 in Tech Fortune Retrieved 2020 09 13 Menegus Bryan 24 November 2016 Reddit CEO Caught Secretly Editing User Comments Chatlogs Leaked Update Gizmodo Retrieved 24 November 2016 Yeung Ken Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments critical of him following Pizzagate ban VentureBeat Retrieved 24 November 2016 Russell Jon Reddit CEO admits he secretly edited comments from Donald Trump supporters Techcrunch Retrieved 24 November 2016 Weingerger Matt The CEO of Reddit confessed to modifying posts from Trump supporters after they wouldn t stop sending him expletives Business Insider Retrieved 24 November 2016 Chaitin Daniel November 25 2016 Reddit CEO admits editing pro Trump users comments Washington Examiner Retrieved November 25 2016 Lecher Colin Reddit will punish hundreds of toxic users and hide some posts from pro Trump community The Verge Retrieved 30 November 2016 Lee Dave November 30 2016 Reddit moves against toxic Trump fans BBC News Retrieved December 1 2016 Huffman Steve June 1 2020 Remember the Human Black Lives Matter Upvoted Collins Katie June 2 2020 Reddit slammed by former CEO Ellen Pao for amplifying racism and hate CNET a b Kang Cecilia 14 December 2017 F C C repeals net neutrality rules The New York Times Retrieved 13 March 2018 a b Ingram Mathew 6 December 2017 Reddit flexes its muscle over net neutrality Columbia Journalism Review Retrieved 13 March 2018 Reddit CEO says net neutrality vote stifles competition Bloomberg LP 14 December 2017 Retrieved 30 April 2018 a b c Osnos Evan 30 January 2017 Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich The New Yorker Retrieved 23 January 2017 Truong Alice 17 December 2013 Become an iOS developer in 8 weeks The truth about hack schools Fast Company Retrieved 12 March 2018 Udacity CS253 Web Application Engineering 2012 04 01 Sue Gee 11 November 2015 Top CS MOOCs by the numbers I Programmer Retrieved 13 March 2018 O Neill Megan 19 June 2012 Reddit co founder Steve Huffman sheds light on the early days Adweek Retrieved 30 April 2018 Carson Erin 13 November 2017 Anti Defamation League taps tech giants to fight hate CNet Retrieved 13 November 2017 Can Steve Huffman Save Reddit From Itself Intelligencer 2015 10 06 Retrieved 2021 02 20 External links EditWikiquote has quotations related to Steve HuffmanReddit account Steve Huffman interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT tv network Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steve Huffman amp oldid 1057094259, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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