Michael Seibel Becomes First Black Reddit Board Member Following Alexis Ohanian's Resignation
Reddit appointed Y Combinator partner, Michael Seibel less than a week after its co-founder, Alexis Ohanian stepped down as a board member to give way to a Black candidate.
On June 10, Reddit announced that Michael Seibel will be joining its board of directors as its first Black member, days after Ohanian announced his exit.
Reddit replaces Alexis Ohanian's board seat with black tech entrepreneur Michael Seibel. https://t.co/BeEmXG83HT— ABC News (@ABC) June 10, 2020
In support of #BlackLivesMatter, Ohanian made the bold move on Friday to step down as a board member of his company.
He said his decision “to do the right thing” was motivated by his role as a father to his biracial daughter, Olympia Ohanian whom he shares with Serena Williams. He wanted to be able to tell his daughter one day that he did something for the good of the Black community she’s a part of.
As such, he vacated his position to give way for a Black board member to take his place, promoting diversity in the highest ranks. And Seibel was grateful to him and Reddit co-founder, Steve Huffman for the opportunity following his appointment.
Seibel's appointment comes in the midst of the uprising surrounding the death of George Floyd.
I co-founded @reddit 15 years ago to help people find community and a sense of belonging.⁰— §AlexisOhanian 7️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ (@alexisohanian) June 5, 2020
It is long overdue to do the right thing. I’m doing this for me, for my family, and for my country.
Huffman credited Seibel for being “one of the smartest and kindest people in tech” in a statement announcing his appointment on Redditblog.com. Moreover, according to the tech giant,
“Few people have Michael’s deep background in tech and know the challenges and opportunities we face as well as he does.”
Welcome to the Reddit family, @mwseibel! Joining as our newest Board member, Michael brings an extensive background in growing social tech companies and is passionate about increasing diversity within the industry.— Reddit (@reddit) June 10, 2020
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Seibel was part of the team that helped launch Reddit back in 2005 before becoming a partner at Y Combinator and CEO of the YC startup accelerator program. The Yale graduate and Brooklyn native is reportedly also the co-founder of Justin.tv/Twitch and Socialcam.
Moving forward, Seibel, a Reddit user himself, said he's excited "to provide advice and guidance as Reddit continues to grow and tackle the challenges of bringing community and belonging to a broader audience." He added that he's known Ohanian and Huffman since 2007 and has watched their company grow to "become the core fabric of the internet."
Seibel's appointment comes in the midst of the uprising surrounding the death of George Floyd. Thousands have flocked to the streets in protest and to shine the light on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Ohanian is one of many celebrities who've spoken up and made a move to promote racial equality and eradicate racism.