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Alexis Ohanian

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Born on April 24, 1983 Alexis Ohanian is an Armenian intern etentrepreneur and investor based in New York City, best known for co-founding the social news website reddit, helping launch travel search website hipmunk, and starting social enterprise breadpig. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2005, Ohanian started reddit.com, with co-founder Steve Huffman. Reddit initially received funding from Y Combinator and was later acquired by Conde Nast Publications in 2006. Alexis remains on the board of directors. In 2007, Ohanian launched breadpig, an "uncorporation" that produces geeky merchandise and gives the proceeds to charity. Ohanian helped launch travel search website hipmunk in 2010, and now acts as an advisor.

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Lessons Learned


Respect Your Partner

Alexis co-founded reddit with Steve Huffman. They have cooperated so well that Alexis joined another startup with Steve later on. Their recipe for handling disputes is based on mutual respect. At reddit, if a debate ended in a stalemate, it would come down to whether it was a business or technical decision and they’d defer to the other’s strength.


Be Relentlessly Resourceful

Alexis believes this to be very important. One needs to have the willingness to do whatever it takes. It might be fixing bugs at 2am on a Saturday night without hesitation, because entrepreneurial life is not what “The Social Networks” may lead one to believe. Being an entrepreneurs is about overcoming obstacles and acquiring resourcefulness. With the internet a person has access to an amazing treasure trove of resources and Alexis believes full use of this library should be made. “With an internet connection and a device, you can now watch talks from the world’s brightest minds, read advice from people who are in the game right this minute, push yourself by seeing innovation every time you refresh your browser. This is the world’s greatest library & stage and it’s getting larger and richer with content every day.”

Inspiring Quotes

I am not here to talk about me, I am here to inspire you to talk about me

Steven Colbert

The best founders are relentlessly resourceful.

Paul Graham

Alexis Ohanian's Quotes

You can have no idea what you’re doing and still create a successful company.

Alexis Ohanian

The idea a few friends could get together in a house and start building something the world had never seen before – having a lot of fun in the process -- got me hooked.

Alexis Ohanian

A critical skill I see in great entrepreneurs and employees alike is resourcefulness. Resourcefulness does not come from case-studies, it comes from doing things.

Alexis Ohanian

If users wanted to delete an account, they should be able to do that as easily as they signed up. It puts the onus on us to keep delivering a great product, and not retaining users simply because they can’t find the exit

Alexis Ohanian

Influential Books

David Kushner - Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

Mentors

John Carmack, John Romero

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