It’s been a while since we’ve heard news of Ellen Pao, the former Kleiner Perkins partner who’d sued her firm for alleged gender discrimination. After she disclosed that she’d been fired from her position (followed by a bit of a debate on what being “fired” meant), the story went quiet.
Today, we’re finding out her next steps: she’s joined team reddit.
Ellen has actually been involved at reddit for some time, having advised the Internet’s biggest little community both formally and informally over the past year. With the announcement today, Ellen will now officially be leading reddit’s Strategic Partnerships.
Here’s what Ellen had to say in an announcement released on the site:
I grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, raised by enginerds on Star Wars, computers and books. I live in San Francisco, via New York City, Boston and Hong Kong. I’ve worked with dozens of tech companies, traveling to eleven countries on five continents, to help build a variety of consumer and business platform companies. My favorite subreddits are /r/IAmA and /r/pareidolia (I like people even when they’re not real). Being part of a community of people who care is inspiring and energizing. reddit has so much to offer so many people, and I’m excited to find partners to help make reddit even more awesome.
Ellen makes no mention of the lawsuit in today’s announcement, nor elsewhere that we’ve seen publicly in recent months — which, given that it’s ongoing, is probably the right move.
[Side note: TIL that /r/pareidolia exists. There goes my afternoon.]