Reddit’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian Sr. has made good on his promise to appoint a black candidate to Reddit’s board in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter.
His replacement is Michael Seibel, a partner at the tech investment firm Y Combinator, which helped launch Reddit in 2005, and the CEO of its accelerator program.
Seibel was also the founder of Justin.tv, another YC beneficiary, which later became Twitch.
First of all, Seibel is a well-known name in tech, and particularly Silicon Valley, having mentored Airbnb’s founders.
In recent weeks he’s been part of an initiative called Black Tech for Black Lives, which aims to address systemic racism and opportunities for black talent – a commitment the valley has fallen short on before.
In Seibel, Reddit, Inc. has an individual who is tuned into the issue of race and representation in society and what tech corporations should be doing to help. Something which I’ve covered in my comparison of Nike and Reddit’s #BlackLivesMatter pledges.
Seibel, a Reddit user himself, could be the man to drive the platform forward, following criticisms that it amplifies hate speech.