Reddit, the “front page of the Internet” is a lawless place–by turns wonderful and disheartening. If there is a record of the hive brain as it exists in the early 21st century, Reddit is it. And you know what? That’s exhausting for someone who’s supposed to be in charge of it. For the last few years the person in charge of Reddit was Yishan Wong, CEO since 2012. Wong recently announced he was resigning his post.
Wong said it was simply too stressful, writing on Quora that he “pushed himself way too far.” CEOs of other companies run those companies–but Reddit, with its hundreds of millions of users, kind of runs itself. (At the very least, it’s a different sort of beast than most companies.) Reddit recently raised a lot more venture capital to expand–an exciting prospect for any young CEO. But Wong wrote that “After two and a half years, I’m basically completely worn out, and it was having significantly detrimental effects on my personal life.”