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Alexis Ohanian Biography
Alexis Ohanian ( Alexis Kerry Ohanian) is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder of Reddit, Initialized Capital, and a bestselling author based in San Francisco, CA.
He helped launch the travel search website Hipmunk, and also started the social enterprise Breadpig. He was also a partner at Y Combinator. Andy Greenberg of Forbes magazine dubbed him “Mayor of the Internet” in 2012.
He attended Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he gave the student address for his graduating class in 2001. He attended University of Virginia and graduated in 2005 with degrees in commerce and history.
Alexis Ohanian Age | How Old Is Alexis Ohanian?
He was born Alexis Kerry Ohanian on April 24, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S. ( 35 years old as of 2018).
Alexis Ohanian Nationality | Alexis Ohanian Ethnicity
Ohanian is an American. He bears an American and German ethnicity.Alexis Ohanian and Wife Williams
Alexis Ohanian Parents | Alexis Ohanian Mother
Kerry was born to a German-born mother, Anke and Chris Ohanian, an Armenian-American whose grandparents came to the U.S. as refugees after the Armenian Genocide. His mother was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in 2005.
Alexis Ohanian Girlfriend
When Ohanian was living in Boston, less than a month into development of reddit.com, he learned that his then girlfriend had fallen five stories and was in a coma.
Alexis Ohanian Gay
Ohanian is not gay.
Serena Williams Alexis Ohanian | Alexis Ohanian Wife
Ohanian became engaged to tennis player Serena Williams on December 10, 2016. On September 1, 2017, their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. The couple got married on November 16, 2017, in New Orleans. Alexis has said “watching Williams compete has changed how he measures success in business.”
Alexis Ohanian Career
Alexis Ohanian Reddit
After graduating in 2005, Alexis and friend Steve Huffman pitched the idea, MyMobileMenu, to Y Combinator. The company passed on the idea, but encouraged them to come up with another idea that it could potentially fund. They eventually came up with reddit.com with the goal of it becoming the “front page of the Internet.
In the summer of 2005, Reddit joined Y-Combinator’s first batch of start-ups and were later acquired by Condé Nast for an undisclosed amount between 10–20 million dollars in 2006. Kerry continued to work closely with Reddit as a member of its board of directors. On July 10, 2015, he returned to Reddit full-time with co-founder Huffman to lead the now-independent company. In February 2018, he stepped back from the company to return to focusing on investing.
Alexis Ohanian Breadpig
Ohanian launched Breadpig in 2007, an “uncorporation” that produces geeky merchandise and then gives the proceeds to charity. However, he is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of Breadpig.
Alexis Ohanian Hipmunk
Ohanian spoke at TED about a whale named Mister Splashy Pants in 2009. He spent 3 months working in microfinance as a Kiva fellow in Yerevan, Armenia after leaving Reddit in 2010. He helped launch travel search website Hipmunk in 2010, and now acts as an advisor. He announced the launch of his company Das Kapital Capital in June 2010. The company focuses on startup investing, advising and consulting.
He was named the “Ambassador to the East” for early stage venture firm Y Combinator. In this position, Alexis meets with East Coast applicants, mentors New York YC founders, and is also a general representative for the company. Ohanian also 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.
Alexis Ohanian Investments
Ohanian co-founded Initialized Capital in 2010. He made seed investments in startups including Instacart, Zenefits, Opendoor, and Cruise. It has since had three funds, totaling over $160 million under management. CB Insights analyzed all the investors in tech in 2014 and Kerry was number one ranked investor for network centrality (the breadth of connections an investor has with other investors in the ecosystem and the quality and depth of those links).
Alexis Ohanian Activism
Kerry spoke out against Congress’s Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act in late 2010 and early 2011. He then helped lead the Internet-enabled campaign that in the end overturned the two bills. Alexis spoke to members of Congress, and helped launch the national anti-SOPA/PIPA protests that took place on January 18, 2012. He also spoke at the rally in New York that was organized by NY Tech Meetup.
He teamed up with Reddit General Manager Erik Martin in October 2012 and embarked on the Internet 2012 Bus Tour from Denver, CO to Danville, KY. They campaigned for the open Internet during the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. One of his campaign stops spurred the idea for a possible “National Geek Day” in Washington D.C.
In response to his work advocating for the Open Internet, The Daily Dot named Kerry number one in their top ten most influential activists of 2012. The Forbes Magazine dubbed him “Mayor of the Internet”.
He began lobbying the FCC to support net neutrality in May 2014, culminating with a day-long phone-a-thon into the FCC and Congress in 2015, January 15.
Alexis Ohanian Victoria Taylor
On July 2, 2015, Reddit fired communications director Victoria Taylor on July 2, 2015. She was a well-liked administrator who co-ordinated celebrity interviews from Reddit’s New York office. In protest, some volunteer moderators of the IAmA community set their forum to private, effectively turning it off. Other volunteer moderators followed suit, because of “anger at the way the company routinely demands that the volunteers and community accept major changes that reduce [their] efficiency and increase [their] workload.”
Originally, interim CEO Ellen Pao was blamed for the dismissal. Harassment which was already being directed toward Pao in relation to other controversies intensified and she resigned a week later.
On July 3, a moderator of IAmA posted that “Chooter (Victoria) was let go as an admin by u/kn0thing [Alexis Ohanian]”. It was not widely reported until the aftermath of Ellen’s resignation when Kerry elaborated on his role in Taylor’s dismissal.
Former CEO Yishan Wong informed the Reddit community on July 12 that Taylor was fired by “the CEO’s boss” and accused Kerry of scapegoating. He countered that even though the AMA / IAmA changes came from him, he still reported to Ellen. As was done for Ellen Pao, a petition was uploaded to Change.org asking Ohanian to step down. Pao criticized Ohanian in 2017 for avoiding the fallout by attending The Championships, Wimbledon in the days immediately following Taylor’s firing.
Alexis Ohanian Book
Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed
Alexis Ohanian Net Worth
The Reddit co-founder has an estimated net worth of $9 million.
Alexis Ohanian Jehovah Witness | Alexis Ohanian Religion
According to an article by People.com on August 30, 2018, Kerry’s wife Serena stated that they would not celebrate thei daughter’s first birthday ar any for that matter. Reason being her religion. She stated, “we’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.
Alexis Ohanian Height | How Tall Is Alexis Ohanian
Ohanian stands at a height of 1.96 m.
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Alexis Ohanian Talks Of Founding, Funding And Fatherhood
Why Serena Williams’s Husband Knew She Would Be a Great Mother
Published; Jul 27, 2018
You flew Serena to Italy because she wanted Italian food for dinner. How was that?
It was very good. We rarely get vacations and so we take them very seriously when we do it. She certainly deserved one, because it was really our first—we had the honeymoon for sure, but even that, we were still kind of figuring out how to be parents at that point, and Olympia was a lot younger. Now she’s a little bit more mobile. She’s toddling around, so we can travel with her in a more accommodating way. It’s a lot of fun.
Alexis Olympia is going to be a year old soon. What are your plans for her birthday?
She’s almost 11 months, she’ll be 1 on Sept. 1. It’s funny right, I feel like birthdays, especially at that age, are mostly for the parents. We’re not going to do a birthday party, but I would not be surprised if by the end of the year, we have some kind of baby-fest.
We have so many friends who have young kids, so just get them all together in a room to watch them roll over on each other, and throw little balls at each other, or whatever little kids do when they hang out. It’s been a lot of fun being a dad. And I tell you, there are definitely mornings when the coffee helps a lot as a new parent. I’m grateful for it.
What was it like becoming a first-time dad?
It was the greatest responsibility I’ve ever had. I became a first-time husband at the same time basically, too. I cherish it. It put it in perspective, all of the career that I’ve had and will continue to have and all of the things I was so proud of before. Because now I feel, I still feel proud of them, but it puts it all into perspective. I feel like I’m doing something for more than just me now, which is exciting.
Tell me about watching Serena become a mom.
I was never worried for a second. She’s talked about how she was worried at times, but already seeing the way she interacted with the pets, it was obvious to me that she was going to be a great mother just on that alone.
It’s funny. She manages to be this supermom and doesn’t drink a lick of coffee. I can’t live without it. I’d have to turn in my dad card because I couldn’t keep up, but it’s great. She’s as awesome a mother as any baby could hope for and any husband could hope for. We’re very, very happy.
You’ve teamed up with 1850 Brand Coffee’s “Bold Pioneers” contest, in which people can pitch their enterprising ideas for a chance to win $18,500 and your mentorship. How has becoming a parent changed the way you mentor others?
I definitely feel more responsibility now to help advise founders [Ohanian’s term for people with entrepreneurial pursuits]. Because selfishly, I just want my daughter, and any future kids we’re lucky enough to have, to get a better world. Entrepreneurship isn’t the only way that that’s going to happen, but it’s a significant way that that can happen. There are a lot of things that are broken, and I do think there are some talented founders that we’re lucky enough to be the first believers in, the first investors in, who can make things better.
What’s a common mistake that young people with entrepreneurial ambitions make?
Too many people who aspire to be entrepreneurs get caught up with acting like or looking like entrepreneurs instead of just actually doing the work. They’re more concerned with what they’re posting on their Instagram feed than what they’re actually doing to build their business. And now more than ever, you have no excuse to not get started, because the cost of starting, of just testing an idea now, is so, so cheap.
To build a website, it takes time, but you can do it yourself. To get a landing page up, to start collecting email addresses, to run a small targeted Facebook ad campaign to test a product you have in mind, to launch a Kickstarter—all these things you can do on a really small budget, literally tens of dollars to just test an idea. And you have no excuse not to.
The founders who are successful are the ones who are not obsessed with looking like an entrepreneur and posting on their ‘gram about how they’re working hard, but who are actually doing the work, and actually trying to find their customers by any means necessary and see if they want what they’re making.
Turning “passion into purpose” is a phrase used in the campaign, which seems easier said than done. What’s a good first step toward making that happen?
This is the first generation that—and I mean this generation coming up right now—the first one to actually not just be consumers of things, but also creators. And it’s a mind shift, a major mind shift. I’m just on the cusp of it because I’m 35. So everyone basically younger than me has grown up knowing that something they are consuming is something they can potentially make, or make better.
If I’m listening to a track, I could remix it, upload it to Soundcloud, and actually have something that’s even more popular. Or if I’m watching a movie, I know that … every Apple computer [has] iMovie, which can actually let me make something just as comparable. Or if I’m using an app, I can actually get started building something that is as good or better. It’s a generational mind shift, and I want people to be more aggressive in seeking out or figuring out what they’re passionate about by being more open to just exploring and trying new things, especially while they’re younger, especially while they have more chances to say ‘Oh, I’ve always wanted to know how to sample music, let me just try.’ And start by searching and finding a YouTube video for how to do that.
In there comes the purpose, because the dream—and it’s something I’ve been lucky enough to do since college—is to be able to work on things that fulfill you in a way that basically makes you feel excited and energized to get up and work. I know what a privilege that is, and I think we have a generation now that almost by their place in history, as well as just broader circumstances, is going to have to engineer and invent careers for themselves. And whether they can find that purpose will come down to how aggressively they can seek out what their passions are, and learn what those things are, and then be willing to take the time and devote the energy to whatever that bold idea is to actually bring to the world.
It’s not for everyone, but I think everyone should at least give it a shot. Everyone should at least be thinking like an entrepreneur. Because even something that starts as a simple hobby today, for the first time ever, could actually become your lifestyle. It could actually become your full-time business.
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Serena Williams and Hubby Alexis Ohanian Take Date Night To The Brand Genius Gala
Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian were decked out for an award-winning date night!
The couple stepped away from their parenting duties on Wednesday night to attend the 2018 Adweek Brand Genius Gala in New York City.
Serena looked stunning in a shimmery dress complete with a beige checkered corset bodice and a gold sequin shirt. Her hubby Alexis looked sharp in an all-black tuxedo with a black bowtie.
After being introduced by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, she gave an inspirational speech encouraging young girls to always believe in themselves.
“I have to say that hard work and dedication are the cornerstones of success. And if you believe in yourself even when others are doubting you and society is pushing you down, it’s so important to always have that belief in yourself,” she said. “I continue to raise me voice in hopes of breaking barriers and making it easier for those coming up after me.”
The tennis star added that the most successful people (especially brand owners) are those that have continued to be successful after overcoming failure.
She also made sure to thank her hubby watching from the audience, her family, and her infant daughter Olympia, who was born back in 2017.
Seems like a pretty successful date night, don’t you think?