Steve Huffman (born November 12, 1983) is an American web developer, and both the original co-founder and current CEO of the social networking website Reddit. More recently, he also participated in co-founding the airfare search-engine site Hipmunk.
Huffman, a graduate of Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia, attended the University of Virginia and majored in Computer Science. After college, he teamed up with classmate Alexis Ohanian to start Reddit, which was initially funded by Y Combinator.
Huffman and Ohanian first pitched their idea to Paul Graham from Y-Combinator. He advised and gave his suggestions, changing of what was an app for ordering food, to become Reddit.
Reddit was later acquired by Condé Nast in 2006.
In 2010, Huffman teamed up with Adam Goldstein to create the travel site Hipmunk, with funding also from Y Combinator. In 2011, Huffman was named to Inc. magazine's 30 under 30 list. Huffman is also the instructor for "CS253: Web Development", an e-learning course that began on April 2012 offered by online education provider Udacity.
In 2014 Huffman stated that his decision to sell Reddit was a mistake, and that the site's growth had exceeded his expectations.
On July 10, 2015, after Ellen Pao's resignation, Huffman was appointed CEO of Reddit. Huffman expressed that some controversial communities shouldn't be on Reddit, writing "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." Huffman later stated "we didn’t create reddit to be a bastion of free speech, the concept is important to us." Huffman went on to publish a lengthy statement around objectionable content, creating new policies that would require users to opt-in to seeing some content, and blocking material that encourages "Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone."