Seibel has an impressive summary of the technology, having previously founded Justin.tv, the predecessor Twitchas well as Mobilecam’s social video launch. He is currently a partner in the venture firm Y Combinator and CEO of the YC launch accelerator program (which actually helped launch Reddit back in 2005 – prior to Seibel’s involvement).
The move comes at a tumultuous time for Reddit, which in recent weeks has faced growing criticism about how it handles hate speech. A group representing hundreds of moderators wrote the curse of the open letter Last week, CEO Steve Huffman called for change and called for more employee diversity. Akhanyan subsequently resigned as a board member, saying he uses his future profits on his Reddit stock “serves the black community mainly to curb racial hatred.”
Speaking about Seibel’s appointment, Huffman said: “Few people have Michael’s deep experience in engineering and know the challenges and opportunities we face like him, so we are very honored that he is joining us. Not to mention that he is one of the most intelligent and kind people in technology. “