Aliens in the Valley – The complete history of Reddit, the Internet’s front page
For months leading up to his resignation, Yishan Wong looked beaten down. Employees say he was noticeably stressed and no longer enjoying his work. One business associate who stopped by the office in October thought Yishan was just having a bad day, but the bad day never seemed to end.
Running any company is stressful; running Reddit is stressful on another level. In less than two months’ time, Reddit had found itself at the center of a nude celebrity photo controversy, forced remote workers to relocate to San Franciscofollowing a massive round of funding, lost one of its most beloved and longest serving employees and faced the public outbursts of another who had been fired. As CEO of Reddit, Yishan was criticized for his handling of most of those issues.
Yishan took over as CEO in early 2012 after Reddit was spun out into an independent company, knowing it would be a tough job. According to those who know him, Yishan felt a sense of purpose to make sure no one ruined the social news site he had been using since its early days. It was Yishan who was in charge while Reddit dealt with controversies over users posting jailbait, creepshots, hate speech, gun sales and participating in an infamous witch huntfor the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.