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Reddit co-founder to speak at Wakefield commencement

Friday, May. 30 | By Fauquier Times Staff
Tech entrepreneur and web developer Steven L. Huffman, an alumnus of Wakefield School in The Plains, will deliver the keynote address for Wakefield’s 35th Commencement on Saturday, June 7.

Huffman was recently highlighted in FORBES Magazine and Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30: Technology” for his latest venture co-founding the travel site Hipmunk. At the young age of 31, he can frequently be found in lists of noteworthy high-tech entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell and Bill Gates.

After graduating from Wakefield in 2001, Huffman went on to the University of Virginia where he earned his BS in Computer Science in 2005. There, he and roommate Alexis Ohanian co-founded Reddit. The site launched in 2006 and was acquired by Conde Nast Publications shortly thereafter.

In October 2009 Huffman left Reddit to form the meta-search travel site Hipmunk with co-founder Adam Goldstein.In addition to continuing to develop Hipmunk, he teaches online at Udacity, along with other industry leaders excited to share their expertise from companies such as Google, Facebook, Cloudera, and MongoDB.

His former teachers at Wakefield 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, Huffman also cites the important lessons he learned playing basketball under Coach Tommy Veith, lessons of discipline and hard work that have stayed with him through all his endeavors.

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