Yishan Wong

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Yishan Wong
Yishan Wong talking about his passion (2019)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
OccupationCo-founder of Sunfire Offices
Known forFormer CEO of Reddit
SpouseKimberly Algeri-Wong
Yishan Wong
Hanyu PinyinHuáng Yìshān

Yishan Wong (Chinese: 黃易山; pinyin: Huáng Yìshān) is an American engineer and entrepreneur who was CEO of Reddit from March 2012 until his resignation in November 2014.[1][2][3][4] With Niniane Wang he is also co-founder of the 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]


PayPal and Facebook[edit]

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.[7] Before leaving Facebook in 2010, he took a liking to Reddit and began posting there.[8]

Reddit CEO[edit]

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".[9]

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."[10] 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.[11]

In 2014, Wong took the unusual step of deriding a previous employee who complained about the circumstances surrounding his termination in an AMA.[12] One month later, Reddit board member and YC president Sam Altman announced that Wong was leaving after being unable to garner support for a proposal to move the Reddit office from San Francisco to Daly City.[13] Reportedly, Wong "stopped showing up at the office" when the board ignored his demand.[14] 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.[15]


In 2017, Wong founded Terraformation to combat climate change through reforestation.[16]

Personal life[edit]

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.[17]

Wong supported Barack Obama and spoke favorably about Obama's familiarity with the Internet.[18] 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. Archived from the original on May 6, 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Longtime Facebook Engineer Yishan Wong Departs". techcrunch.com. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  8. ^ "Reddit's chief executive resigns, co-founder returns to helm". Los Angeles Times. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  9. ^ Kain, Erik (2012-04-09). "An interview with new Reddit CEO Yishan Wong". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  10. ^ "New CEO: Some People on Reddit 'Shouldn't Be Here at All'". Re/Code. 14 Jul 2015.
  11. ^ Cuthbertson, Anthony (2014-11-14). "Reddit CEO resignation 'so weird it must be true'". IB Times. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  12. ^ Taylor, Lin (2014-10-07). "Reddit CEO Yishan Wong slams former employee on AMA thread". SBS. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer (30 December 2018). "Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet's "id"". arstechnica.com. Ars Technica. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  15. ^ Mendoza, Menchie (2014-11-14). "Reddit CEO Yishan Wong steps down, here's the real reason why". Tech Times. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  16. ^ April 25; 2021; A.m, 12:05 (2021-04-25). "Terraformation helping mitigate climate change through reforestation". West Hawaii Today. Retrieved 2021-06-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ Wong, Yishan (2009-04-18). "Things I learned from my wife's screenwriting education". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  18. ^ Morris, Kevin (2012-03-09). "Stalking Reddit's new CEO Yishan Wong". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2015-09-14.

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