29 Facts About Alexis Ohanian


Alexis Kerry Ohanian is an American internet entrepreneur and investor.

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Alexis Ohanian is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of the social media site Reddit along with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz.

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Alexis Ohanian co-founded the early-stage venture capital firm Initialized Capital, helped launch the travel search website Hipmunk, and started the social enterprise Breadpig.

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Alexis Ohanian went to Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he gave the student address for his graduating class in 2001.

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Alexis Ohanian says his obsession with technology started in middle school when he got a 33.

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Alexis Ohanian spent time on message boards learning how to code and build websites.

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Alexis Ohanian passed on the idea but encouraged the duo to come up with another idea it could potentially fund.

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Alexis Ohanian continued to work closely with Reddit as a member of its board of directors.

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Alexis Ohanian returned to Reddit full-time with co-founder Huffman in July 2015 to lead the now-independent company.

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Alexis Ohanian stepped back from the company in February 2018 to return to focusing on investing.

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In 2007, Alexis Ohanian launched Breadpig, an "uncorporation" that produces geeky merchandise and gives the proceeds to charity.

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In 2009, Alexis Ohanian spoke at TED about a whale named Mister Splashy Pants.

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Alexis Ohanian helped launch travel search website Hipmunk in 2010 and now acts as an adviser.

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In June 2010, Alexis Ohanian announced the launch of his company Das Kapital Capital, which focuses on start-up investing, advising, and consulting.

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Alexis Ohanian was given the title "Ambassador to the East" by the early-stage venture firm Y Combinator.

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Alexis Ohanian held the role of part-time partner and full-time partner at Y Combinator before leaving in 2016 to help launch the third Initialized Capital fund with Garry Tan.

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In June 2021, Alexis Ohanian announced a new venture capital firm he is leading, named "776".

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Alexis Ohanian co-founded Initialized Capital in 2010 and made seed investments in start-ups including Instacart, Zenefits, Opendoor, and Cruise.

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In late 2010 and early 2011, Alexis Ohanian spoke out against Congress's Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate's PROTECT IP Act.

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Alexis Ohanian helped lead the Internet-enabled campaign that eventually overturned the two bills.

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In October 2012, Alexis Ohanian teamed up with Reddit General Manager Erik Martin and embarked on the Internet 2012 Bus Tour from Denver, Colorado, to Danville, Kentucky, to campaign for the open Internet during the presidential and vice presidential debates.

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In 2017, Pao criticized Alexis Ohanian for avoiding the fallout by attending Wimbledon in the days immediately following Taylor's firing.

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Alexis Ohanian has created all the mascots for the companies he started: Reddit alien "Snoo", Breadpig pig with bread wings, Hipmunk chipmunk "Chip", and Initialized Capital honey badger.

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In June 2019, Alexis Ohanian announced his plans to bring the pledge to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in late 2019 in a push to pass federal paid family leave legislation.

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In 2011 and 2012, Alexis Ohanian was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list as an important figure in the technology industry.

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In 2015, Alexis Ohanian was named to the Crain's "40 Under 40" list for business.

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In 2016, Alexis Ohanian was named one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business".

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In connection with the book, Alexis Ohanian embarked on a five-month, 150-stop and 75-university tour to promote the book.

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Alexis Ohanian has a chapter giving advice in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans.

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