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Early BuzzFeed Employee Eric Harris Leaves

He joined in 2008, when BuzzFeed was very different -- and much, much smaller.

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Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Eric Harris, BuzzFeed’s operations head and one of its first hires, is leaving the company.

Harris joined the publisher in 2008, when it was more of a notion about “viral content” than a company. At the time, he told co-workers via an email today, “we were 6 employees in a small office above a mahjongg parlor in Chinatown.” BuzzFeed now has more than 900 employees.


Harris was originally BuzzFeed’s general manager, and eventually ended up as its “Chief Business Operations Officer”; the company’s website describes his role as “lead[ing] a team of strategists, planners, account managers, marketers and advertising operations professionals who work with Fortune 500 brands.”

BuzzFeed chief of staff Ashley McCollum, who confirmed Harris’s departure and provided his companywide email, said the company hasn’t named a successor for his role. Harris says he doesn’t have a new position lined up.

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