Slashdot Founder Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda Will Now Command WaPo as Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large

Six month after leaving Slashdot, the “News for Nerds” site he founded in 1997, Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda finally announced his new venture: a position as chief strategist and editor-at-large at “WaPo Lab,” a digital team within the Washington Post Company that experiments with digital technologies related to the company’s news sites. In 2011, the Lab released both Washington Post Social Reader and Trove.

It’s harder to get someone more stepped in Internet culture than Mr. Malda, whose site started using  +1 and karma points years before Google+ and Reddit were even a glint in anyone’s eye.  As Mr. Malda writes on his blog, he didn’t take the decision to work for “a startup inside an established corporation,” lightly, interviewing with more than 35 prospects before he settled on WaPo Labs, which he describes as:

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