By Sarah McBride
SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 Ellen Pao, a former
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers junior partner who is suing the
venture capital firm for gender discrimination, has landed a new
job heading up strategic partnerships at social-news website
Pao had been working with Reddit for the last year,
according to a blog post by Reddit Chief Executive Yishan Wong
on Thursday. ()
Her work there gives her an operational role rather than the
advisory role venture capitalists typically take.
Wong described Pao, whose allegations about Kleiner rocked
Silicon Valley after she filed her lawsuit last May, as having
"a long, adventurous career."
Her duties at Reddit might include "everything from getting
new vendors in our marketplace to working with other companies
or communities that can utilize our self-serve advertising,"
said Reddit general manager Erik Martin.
Reddit is one of the most visited sites on the Web. Its
users submit articles or posts to Reddit, where they appear
categorized by area of interest, known as a "reddit" among the
community. Users also vote the articles up or down, affecting
how prominently the articles are displayed.
Pao said in Wong's blog post her favorite reddits included
"IAmA," which the site says is about "something uncommon that
plays a central role in your life, or a truly interesting and
unique event." She also likes "pareidolia," which is for
pictures "of things that look like something it's not."
Reddit, owned by the Newhouse family's Advance Publications,
was founded in 2005 and is not yet profitable. Privately held
Advance is best-known for its Conde Nast family of magazines,
which include The New Yorker and Vogue.
Kleiner is one of Silicon Valley's most venerable venture
firms, backing companies such as Amazon.com Inc and
Google Inc. Pao filed a lawsuit against Kleiner last
May and continued working there until the venture firm
terminated her employment in October.