Jeff Bezos just bought the Washington Post, but today you learned that the Washington Post almost bought reddit back in 2006.
That conversation started with a cold-email I sent to the Slate Pressbox. After a few exchanges and meetings, I worked my way up to the decider who’d be able to make this acquisition happen. Ultimately, the Washington Post said the deal was going to be too much for them and passed. On October 31, 2006, we sold reddit to Condé Nast.
After hearing the news about Bezos, I couldn’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if The Washington Post had acquired reddit.
Interesting little counterfactual, eh?
OK, now let’s all get back to making something people love!

Jeff Bezos just bought the Washington Post, but today you learned that the Washington Post almost bought reddit back in 2006.

That conversation started with a cold-email I sent to the Slate Pressbox. After a few exchanges and meetings, I worked my way up to the decider who’d be able to make this acquisition happen. Ultimately, the Washington Post said the deal was going to be too much for them and passed. On October 31, 2006, we sold reddit to Condé Nast.

After hearing the news about Bezos, I couldn’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if The Washington Post had acquired reddit.

Interesting little counterfactual, eh?

OK, now let’s all get back to making something people love!