Rob Malda

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Rob Malda
Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda crop.jpeg
Malda at LinuxWorld Boston 2006
Born (1976-05-10) May 10, 1976 (age 37)
Holland, Michigan, United States
Other names CmdrTaco
Known for co-founder of Slashdot

Rob Malda (born May 10, 1976), also known as CmdrTaco, is an American Internet content author, and former editor-in-chief of the website Slashdot.


Malda is an alumnus of Hope College and Holland Christian High School.[citation needed] In 1997, Malda and Jeff Bates created Slashdot while undergraduates of Hope College.[1][dead link] After running the site for two years "on a shoestring",[2] they sold the site to, which was later acquired by VA Linux Systems.[3] Malda ran the site out of the SourceForge, Inc. office in Dexter, Michigan.[4]

Rob Malda also wrote a monthly column for Computer Power User.[5][dead link] In 2002, he was named in the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[6]

On August 25, 2011, Rob Malda announced his resignation from Slashdot.[7] On March 5, 2012, Malda was appointed as Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large of WaPo Labs, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Malda proposed to longtime girlfriend Kathleen Fent using the front page of Slashdot on February 14, 2002.[9][10] They were married on December 8, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Attack of the Blogs". Holland Sentinel. September 7, 2004. 
  2. ^ "Cmdrtaco on Slashdot Sale". Wired. June 29, 1999. 
  3. ^ "VA Linux buys Andover.Net". February 3, 2000. 
  4. ^ Kushner, David (November 2007). "The Slashdot Supremacy". 
  5. ^ Malda, Rob (October 2009). "The Department of Stuff: Caught in the Web". Computer Power User. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  6. ^ "2002 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ Malda, Rob. "Rob Malda Resigns from Slashdot". Slashdot. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Washington Post Company's WaPo Labs Hires Rob Malda as Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large". Business Wire. 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ Avery, Laura; Thomson, Gale (2007). Newsmakers: the people behind today's headlines. Issue 3. Thomson Gale. p. 73. ISBN 0-7876-8090-7. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ Malda, Rob (February 14, 2002). "Kathleen Fent Read This Story". Slashdot. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ "News from Hope College" (PDF). February 2003. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 

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