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Steve Huffman
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Huffman at Web Summit 2017
Born (1983-11-12) November 12, 1983 (age 34)
Other names spez[1]
Education Computer Science
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation Co-founder and CEO of Reddit

Steve Huffman (born November 12, 1983), better known on Reddit as spez, is an American web developer and the co-founder and current CEO of content sharing website Reddit.[2][3] More recently, he also participated in co-founding the airfare search-engine site Hipmunk.[4][5]


Huffman is a graduate of Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia, where he majored in Computer Science.[6] After graduating, Huffman teamed up with classmate Alexis Ohanian to start Reddit, which was initially funded by Y Combinator,[6] in 2005. Reddit was acquired by Condé Nast in 2006.[7]

In 2010, Huffman teamed up with Adam Goldstein to create the travel site Hipmunk, with funding also from Y Combinator.[4][5] In 2011, Huffman was named to Inc. magazine's 30 under 30 list.[8] Huffman is the instructor for "CS253: Web Development", an e-learning course that began on April 2012 offered by online education provider Udacity.[9]

In 2014 Huffman said that his decision to sell Reddit had been a mistake, and that the site's growth had exceeded his expectations.[10] On July 10, 2015, after Ellen Pao's resignation, Huffman was appointed CEO of Reddit.[3]

Shortly after being appointed CEO of Reddit in 2015, Huffman said that some controversial communities should not be on Reddit, writing 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."[11] Huffman later stated while Reddit had not been created as a "bastion of free speech," the concept "is important to us." This in contrast with a 2012 interview in which Alexis Ohanian verbatim described Reddit as a "bastion of free speech."[12][13] Huffman later created new policies that would require users to opt into seeing some content, and blocking material that encourages "Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone." [14][15][16]

Personal life

Steve Huffman is a prepper.[17]


  1. ^ Huffman, Steve (1 November 2017). "Time for my quarterly inquisition. Reddit CEO here, AMA". /r/announcements: Reddit. Archived from the original on 2 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Three Years After Their Acquisition, Reddit Founders Move On". Techcrunch. 2009-10-27. 
  3. ^ a b Issac, Mike (July 10, 2015). "Ellen Pao Is Stepping Down as Reddit's Chief". New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "About Hipmunk". Hipmunk. 2010-08-01. 
  5. ^ a b Leena Rao (2010-08-01). "Reddit Co-Founder Dips Back Into Y Combinator With Travel Startup Hipmunk". 
  6. ^ a b Zak Richards. "Unleashing High-Profile, High-Profit Websites". Archived from the original on 2012-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Reddit". 2006-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Adam Goldstein and Steve Huffman, Founders of Hipmunk". 2011-06-27. 
  9. ^ "Udacity CS253 Web Application Engineering". 2012-04-01. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  10. ^ Matthew Hall (10 Dec 2014). "'Atrocious, mobile sucks': Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman on what site has become". The Age. 
  11. ^ "New CEO: Some People on Reddit 'Shouldn't Be Here at All'". Re/Code. 14 Jul 2015. 
  12. ^ "Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian's Rosy Outlook On The Future of Politics". 
  13. ^ "Reddit CEO: This site is not 'a bastion of free speech'". 
  14. ^ "Let's talk content. AMA. : announcements". reddit. 
  15. ^ "Reddit CEO Steve Huffman Is Cracking Down On Hateful Content". Fast Company. 
  16. ^ Trisha Thadani, USA TODAY (16 July 2015). "Reddit CEO to discuss site's values, policies in AMA today". USA TODAY. 
  17. ^ Osnos, Evan (30 January 2017). "Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich". The New Yorker. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 

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