Ellen Pao explains why she never felt imposter syndrome as Reddit CEO: ‘I’ve seen so many horrible male CEOs’
By the time she became the interim CEO of Reddit in 2014, Ellen Pao was well aware the odds were stacked against her as a woman in tech.
Two years prior, Pao had filed a lawsuit in San Francisco alleging her then employer, top venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, discriminated against her on the basis of gender. The jury ruled in favor of the VC firm, but the case became a referendum on the lack of gender diversity in Silicon Valley, and Pao became the face of the issue.
“As CEO of Reddit, I didn’t have imposter syndrome,” Pao told Palmieri, a political advisor and former White House communications director. “I always thought, ‘I’ve seen so many horrible male CEOs. I’ve seen so many horrible male board members.’”