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The Odyssey of an Alum
Posted 05/03/2016 03:55PM


Wakefield Alum '01 and Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman will speak at The Post's 2016 Transformers live journalism event May 18 in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

Wakefield is proud of the tech entrepreneur and successful web developer Steve has become. His former teachers remember him as a quiet young man who demonstrated his interest in and brilliance with computers at a very early age. In addition to the "great education" he received at Wakefield, Steve also cites the important lessons he learned playing basketball under Coach Tommy Veith, lessons of discipline, perseverance, and hard work that have stayed with him through all his endeavors.

After graduating from Wakefield in 2001, Steve went on to the University of Virginia where he earned his BS in Computer Science in 2005. After several rejected projects, Steve and his co-founder Alexis developed Reddit, a site where people could find out what's new and popular online. Steve states, "For a while we were just pretending it was working until it actually started working. The whole notion of the way redid, Inc. works, the submissions, the voting, the comments and all of that stuff came organically." Reddit, Inc. was launched in 2006 and was acquired by Conde Nast Publications shortly thereafter. The site garnered the pair substantial earnings, making them young millionaires over the span of only a couple of years. In October of 2009 Steve left reddit, Inc. to form the meta-search travel site Hipmunk with co-founder Adam Goldstein. Luckily for Huffman, lightning does strike twice, as the site has become a success in its own right.

If you are interested in hearing Steve speak about pushing the boundaries of knowledge on May 18 along with many other innovative thinkers, click here for more details.



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