Reddit’s former information cowboy joins Netflix

News aggregator Reddit’s first systems engineer and employee number one Jeremy Edberg has joined video rental and streaming company Netflix.

He is joining the company as the “lead cloud reliability” engineer — a prod at the company’s recent history of infrequent downtimes — he announced on his Twitter account. Edberg also indicated that the “cloud reliability” team was hiring.

Edberg recently left Reddit after working at the site for 4 years to pursue personal projects, though he didn’t indicate what he would be doing at the time.

Edberg joined Reddit when it first started, along with co-founders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman and site engineer Chris Slowe. He served as the site’s “Information Cowboy,” which involved serving as the site’s systems admin as well as handling a hodgepodge of outreach, public relations and general hellraising. While working at Reddit, he joined Tracy Lee as an advisor to social food discovery site Dishcrawl.

That left Ohanian as the last original member of the Reddit team still contributing to the site. Ohanian had earlier left Reddit to pursue his own projects, which included flight search company Hipmunk and advocating for the startup incubator Y Combinator on the east coast. But he returned to his roots recently — like another prodigal son founder, Jack Dorsey, who  returned to the company that ballooned in valuation after he left.

Reddit’s user base grew exponentially due to a mass exodus from rival news aggregator Digg. That site decided to kill a number of popular features, sparking outrage among its members. Traffic research firm Quantcast indicates that Digg now has 8.2 million unique visitors, down from nearly 16 million unique visitors in August before the latest version of Digg was released. Reddit boasts nearly 19 million unique visitors.

Reddit is owned by media giant Conde Nast, and has about 10 employees working from San Francisco, New York, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.


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