I applied about a month ago because I know Reddit will become much greater than it even is today, especially with your upcoming content and social products you describe in some of the job descriptions. Most people think when a company gets “acquired”, that its the end of the game, the credits roll, and its soon back to the Mario start screen. In reality, not all companies that get acquired end up as cogs in some machine, and many are left to operate independently. I didn’t get very far though, as my resume and digital nomad background paint me out to be a jack of all trades and master of none which isn’t all that desired at most startups.
Overall, I’d say the empathy is the most important part I’ve had to keep in mind when I’ve done hiring myself. The best managers aren’t bosses at all, they’re mentors. They work FOR the engineers, and not the other way around.
Best of luck in your search. :)