Alexis Ohanian is an internet businessman and is well known in the online world and outside as the founder of Reddit a unique social news website. He was an inborn entrepreneur and has co-founded a series of other sites like Initialized Capital, travel website Hipmunk social venture Breadpig and has been a partner at Y Combinator too. With such a huge internet experience it was quite obvious that he could take his newest website Reddit to such great heights such that he was often considered the Guru of Internet.
Alexis Ohanian graduated from University of Virginia in commerce and history and joined his friend Steve Huffman and developed an idea MyMobileMenu to Y Combinator. This was successful and soon after the duo went on to launch reddit.com for the very objective to make it the front page of the Internet.
Returning to Reddit and other Investments
In the year 2005, Reddit joined a set of startups but in the very next year the company was acquired by Conde Nast. The actual amount was not heard but it was rumored to run into several million dollars. Yet Alexis Ohanian continued to serve the company by remaining as one of the board of directors. But not to let go of his company he and Huffman again took the lead of the company in the year 2015. In 2018 he became more engaged with his investments and other entrepreneurship.
But Alexis Kerry Ohanian as he was known in official circles wasn’t in any way a laggard when it came to investing in a series of websites and internet. In the year 2007, he launched Breadpig and started producing usually marketed products and its profits eventually went to charity. Even after having left Reddit in 2010 Ohanian worked in micro-finance business in Armenia. He also launched travel website Hipmunk during this period.
In 2010 Ohanian again launched another venture by name of Das Kapital Capitat that was mainly for start up investing and consultation services. During this time he was named ‘Ambassador of the East’ during the initial stage of Y Combinator and became its full time partner. During this time he also co-founded Initialized Capital too.
It was during his tenure at Initialized Capital that he made series of investments in start ups. This included Instacart, Zenefits, Opendoor and Cruise. In this particular field of internet operation he became the unrivalled leader in the overall breadth of connections that his company had over the rest of the network players. All his ventures were synonymous with quality and in this too he rivaled most other stalwarts of the day.
Open Internet and Marriage with Serena Williams
In the year Ohanian was in the forefront of open internet activities and was successful in overturning two bills that were against it. He was soon acclaimed as the top most activist whose words counted even among the political elitist as well as for championing causes of free internet or net neutrality. He was declared as Mayor of Internet by Forbes for this very cause.
Somewhere around the period 2015 Ohanian met the star woman’s tennis player Serena Williams. This changed his life noticeably and made him even more famous among common people that had nothing to do with internet. Serena was on the top form and looked unbeatable.
As the story goes both of them met by chance at Cavalieri hotel in Rome near the pool place. When noticing Alexis Ohanian sitting right near to her and her friends she at first felt annoyed, but later on asked him whether he would like to join them. He accepted at once. Soon enough they were both found dating and in the year 2016 Serena found herself pregnant and they both decided to get married. It is said that he proposed to her on the very place they first met and that is at Rome near to the pool of the hotel.
Their romance although kept secret initially became full blown public news all over US and abroad where Serena had innumerous fans. They both carry on their own careers although they put out enough time to be together as Ohanian always travelled and Serena was fully focused on her play.
Currently, they live at Beverly Hills, California, along with their daughter, Olympia.
Alexis Ohanian obsession was Reddit and it was instrumental in what he is today. Through Reddit he became known all over by internet users. It was rating cum discussion website and had generous following. A person needs to be registered member to be able to post text, add links and images for the content. The format is a derivative of forums like tnaboard and other large user base forum sites.
The posts by members are organized according to subject and these are uploaded into user created boards. These boards are called ‘subreddits’. These cover essentially any topic that one can think of. Everything is first user moderated along with being moderated by Reddit moderators.
Currently, Reddit stands as NO 5 among top most visited site in US and is still growing.