Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of, share his ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the Web for good. At 29, Ohanian has come to personify the dorm-room tech entrepreneur. Within a couple of years of graduating from the University of Virginia, Ohanian sold Reddit for millions of dollars. Without Their Permission is his personal guidebook for other aspiring entrepreneurs.


Alexis Ohanian

Comments [6]

Todd Haggard from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Love the creativity of your host! As far as the antiquated music industry model, I love All music is free with the option of leaving a tip if you want to. I tend to pay more for music there than Amazon or iTunes, get to sample full songs before downloading, and more willing to purchase new music by an artist I like.

Noisetrade and kickstarter shows create minds can help artists finance new work without resorting to "big business."

Oct. 02 2013 02:37 PM
Micah from NYC

Alexis completely side stepped the question regarding how the internet has affected creatives livelihoods. Jaron Lanier's numbers are documented. And ironically, Lanier goes on to talk about how most of what is sold today to creatives regarding making a decent living is the idea of hope, exactly the word Alexis used.

Oct. 02 2013 02:01 PM

As we've learned from Pet' et al., web biz is often more hype then actual content.

A "successful" web biz often requires an exceptional huxster, doesn't it Alexis?

Oct. 02 2013 01:55 PM
james mccallum from NJ

Alexis... says hes afraid of the government as threat to business...

I find it a bit ironic coming from a person who built his business on the internet (invented by the government) aggregating news protected by the right of a free press...

i think he benefited more from the government then he thinks...

Oct. 02 2013 01:54 PM
Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

There are also always "two sides to every coin", though almost anything popular people find it "unpopular" to look at the other side. In this case Alexis mentioned there's never been a time when individuals can create so much wealth in a business, with web start-ups, with so little effort.

Another side of that is that is there also never having been a time when individuals could globally monopolize a good idea, so very rapidly and effectively. So, the "power of the position" is apparently a "combination", not so much the vast wealth "creation", but is apparently more the "concentration".

Oct. 02 2013 01:45 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

Reddit is great, it's got something for everybody. That being said, I've found that most of it's users are young and male, and in that respect, it's kind of one dimensional. Reading through the comments, and that's what Reddit is all about, can get old really fast.

Oct. 02 2013 01:42 PM

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