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Yishan Wong (Chinese: 黃易山; pinyin: Huáng Yìshān) was the[1][2] CEO of Reddit from March 2012 until his resignation in November 2014.[3][4] He is also the co-founder of Mountain View coworking space Sunfire Offices,[5] and an advisor at Quora. Since April 2011, Wong has been a contributing editor at Forbes magazine.[6]

Yishan Wong
ResidenceHillsborough, California, California, U.S.
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
OccupationCo-founder of Sunfire Offices
Known forFormer CEO of Reddit
Yishan Wong
Hanyu PinyinHuáng Yìshān


PayPal and FacebookEdit

Wong worked as a senior engineering manager at PayPal from 2001 to 2005. He is a member of PayPal's early group of employees known collectively as the PayPal Mafia. In 2005, he joined Facebook as a director of engineering on projects including crowd translation. Before leaving Facebook in 2010, he took a liking to Reddit and began posting there.

Reddit CEOEdit

After three months of talks with Reddit in late 2011, Wong was offered the position of CEO, an offer which he claims friends met with "uproarious laughter".[7]

In 2012, when asked about various controversial Reddit communities, Wong said that the site should provide a platform to objectionable content, saying "We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it."[8] In 2013, he hired Ellen Pao to the board of Reddit as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships and would later recommend her as CEO.[9]

In 2014, Wong took the unusual step of deriding a previous employee who complained about the circumstances surrounding his termination in an AMA.[10] One month later, Reddit board member and YC president Sam Altman announced that Yishan Wong was leaving after being unable to garner support for a proposal to move the Reddit office from San Francisco to Daly City.[11] Reportedly Wong even went as far as to cease to show up to the office when the board ignored his demand.[12] Wong, who thought newer employees would prefer to work in a less expensive area, stated that before the disagreement he had considered leaving due to an abundance of stress.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Wong is a graduate of Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota, and of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is married to Kimberly Algeri-Wong who holds a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting.[14]

Wong supported Barack Obama and spoke favorably about his familiarity with the Internet.[15] In 2015, Wong suggested that he might leave the technology industry.


  1. ^ "A new team at reddit". Sam Altman blog. 2014-11-13.
  2. ^ "Reddit CEO Wong resigns, co-founder Ohanian to return". Reuters. 2014-11-13.
  3. ^ Wong, Yishan (2012-03-08). "New reddit CEO reporting for duty". Reddit. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
  4. ^ "Longtime Facebook Engineer Yishan Wong Departs". TechCrunch. 2010-03-24.
  5. ^ "Ex-Googler and Ex-Facebooker Start Invite-Only Workspace Sunfire Offices". TechCrunch. 2010-08-28.
  6. ^ "Yishan Wong - SNIPPETS FROM SILICON VALLEY". Forbes. April 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  7. ^ Kain, Erik (2012-04-09). "An interview with new Reddit CEO Yishan Wong". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  8. ^ "New CEO: Some People on Reddit 'Shouldn't Be Here at All'". Re/Code. 14 Jul 2015.
  9. ^ Cuthbertson, Anthony (2014-11-14). "Reddit CEO resignation 'so weird it must be true'". IB Times. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  10. ^ Taylor, Lin (2014-10-07). "Reddit CEO Yishan Wong slams former employee on AMA thread". SBS. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  11. ^ Kumparak, Greg (2014-11-13). "Ex-Reddit CEO wanted to move the company to Daly City instead of SF". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  12. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer. "Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet's "id"". Ars Technica. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  13. ^ Mendoza, Menchie (2014-11-14). "Reddit CEO Yishan Wong steps down, here's the real reason why". Tech Times. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  14. ^ Wong, Yishan (2009-04-18). "Things I learned from my wife's screenwriting education". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  15. ^ Morris, Kevin (2012-03-09). "Stalking Reddit's new CEO Yishan Wong". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2015-09-14.

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